Kurt Rambis Rumors

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.’’
Jackson put on a fullcourt press and offered him, as The Post reported, a lucrative package for a lead assistant at $1.4 million per year. “[Jackson] knows my work ethic, knows my understanding of the offense,’’ Rambis said. “He was intent to hire me. He wanted to convince me this would be a great situation. “It’s hard not to imagine being involved in basketball and not having some intrigue for the Knicks and playing or coaching at the Garden. Having an opportunity to work with Phil and Derek, I looked at it as a great opportunity to get them back to the upper echelon where it belongs.’’