Kurt Rambis Rumors
Minnesota started that night five year ago with the No. 2 pick, the No. 20 pick and a $4 million problem. Kahn intended to fire then-coach Kurt Rambis, but he hadn’t and let him twist in the wind for months. Rambis was owed about $4 million on his contract and, based on conversations with other executives, it seems that Kahn was under a de facto mandate he had to raise that money to pay off Rambis before firing him. For the record, Kahn strongly denied this was the case. But many competitors who were doing business with him did not believe him.
Associate head coach Kurt Rambis held court during availability for the first time since the regular season began. The NBA is coordinating the media here, not the Knicks. “Our guys work hard in practice, get along, so from a coaching standpoint, it still has been a pleasure to work with the guys,’’ Rambis said. “There isn’t anyone on the coaching staff or management-wise who isn’t in it for the long haul and committed to make sure it does happen. But it’s going to take time.’’
Instead, Jackson has kept his distance, says he hasn’t addressed the team in three weeks, hasn’t traveled on a road trip. He revealed he goes over each game with Fisher and associate coach Kurt Rambis for “points of emphasis.’’ Jackson has said previously he wouldn’t travel because of chronic health issues. Monday, he said he also believes “it tends to undermine a coach’s authority. I didn’t feel that way as much as a coach, but I do as a man who sits in this position and has a very young coach that needs the support of his staff.’’
But Rambis, a former Knicks draft pick, hopes his biggest help to Fisher is getting him to cope with the pressures of coaching in New York. “I’m giving him countless suggestions, even how to monitor his time,’’ Rambis told The Post in his first interview since his July hire. “Even something as small as making sure he works out. It’s important for all head coaches to find that stretch of time. Because the job is very consuming and becomes an obsession. Derek is a perfectionist, constantly thinking about the game. He did it as a player and it’s worse when you become a head coach. I want him to find time to do it.’’