Kurt Rambis Rumors

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Ian Begley: The Knicks are negotiating with Kurt Rambis on a contract that will add him to Hornacek’s staff. Hornacek said in an interview with WFAN on Friday that nothing was official but a hiring sounded imminent. “I talked to Kurt. I have a very good feel for his abilities … And I would love to have him on the staff,” Hornacek said. Rambis served as an interim coach for the Knicks last season and there was an expectation internally that he’d be hired as head coach. Jackson instead chose Hornacek, a move that caught Rambis and others off guard, according to sources. Hornacek and Rambis have a relationship dating back to their playing days in Phoenix which makes the Rambis hire – and the dynamic surrounding it – somewhat less awkward.
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Jeff Hornacek is expected to hire Rambis to his coaching staff which is an odd arrangement considering that Rambis was Jackson’s preferred choice to coach the Knicks until Jackson had a dramatic change of heart and hired Hornacek. Rambis, according to sources, was upset that he was passed over for the job. But Rambis did not have the support of most the players as well as several executives. Jackson was also aware he was facing a serious backlash from fans if Rambis was named head coach.
Sources say that the decision to hire Rambis was made ultimately by Hornacek. “Nothing is being forced down Jeff’s neck,” one source with knowledge of the dynamic said, in reference to the idea that team president Phil Jackson would force Hornacek to hire Rambis. Sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Hornacek had initially discussed the job with Rambis a few weeks ago but Rambis did not immediately accept, telling Hornacek that he should take time to really think through his staff and what he needed before making this decision.
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Jackson added that he still views Kurt Rambis — who went 9-19 down the stretch last season as coach — as an integral part of the staff going forward and an asset for Hornacek. “Well, Kurt fits,’’ Jackson told SNY. “He fits in a number of ways. He’s a teammate of Jeff’s in Phoenix at one point in their careers. He’s also a great team guy, he has a great idea what we’re trying to get accomplished, and I think he can help Jeff feel his way through this club and find the best way for them to play.’’
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