Frank Hamblen Rumors
Frank Hamblen was enjoying another warm day in Southern California recently. He was sitting on the patio that overlooks his pool, living the good life. But Hamblen, a longtime assistant coach under Phil Jackson, said if the Knicks’ president called and asked him to work for him again, he would get on a plane to New York. “Absolutely,” Hamblen said. “I’m bored to death.” He added, “Opportunity is an amazing thing. I know Phil was sitting in Playa Del Rey bored to death, itching to get back in. I don’t know if he’ll even call. I don’t know what’s going through his mind. But he has my number.”
“I want to invite him to come and watch us practice and just kind of see how I’m doing,” said Shaw, who recently helped former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen connect with former Lakers player and current Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue to observe Clippers training camp in San Diego.
Jackson, according to a source who knows him well, is in good shape after having a knee replacement last March. The likelihood is that if Jackson returns to coach, he’d want to bring back many of his longtime assistants, including Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Kurt Rambis. Most observers around the league think it would be easy for the team’s current personnel that weren’t in Los Angeles when Jackson last coached the Lakers to pick up the triangle offense Jackson has used since his days in Chicago in the 1990s. The offense would be especially good for Howard, who could thrive in the low post the same way Shaquille O’Neal did when the Lakers won three straight titles from 2001 through 2003.
If Jackson decides to take the job, he’s expected to bring back former assistant coaches Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said money won’t be a problem in negotiations with Jackson.