Kurt Rambis Rumors
Like the veteran Speights, Magic guard Arron Afflalo has played for all types of coaches over his 11 years in the NBA. Six of his 10 former coaches – Michael Curry, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Karl and Vaughn – played in the NBA prior to going into coaching. Afflalo said the essence of the player/coach relationship depends far more on relatability than whether or not a mentor once played NBA basketball. “It’s more of a communication thing,’’ Afflalo stressed. “Sometimes former players relate to other players and sometimes guys who didn’t play in the NBA are just really great communicators and motivators. They know the game and know how to teach the game. So, I can’t stand here and say for a fact that a former player would be better, but communication and accountability will always be the key with any coach.’’
Ian Begley: Frank Vogel said he expected to be offered the Knicks’ head coaching job in the summer of 2016. “I was surprised that I wasn’t,” Vogel said Tuesday before Knicks-Magic. “I interviewed with (ex-Knicks president) Phil (Jackson) and Steve Mills and we had a good couple days together and they said they had one more person they wanted to talk to before they wrapped up the process. But they felt good about it and they met with Jeff (Hornacek) and Jeff must have blown them away because they ended up going with Jeff. And I think that was a good choice because Jeff’s a helluva coach and he’s done a helluva job under a difficult circumstance here.” In addition to interviewing Vogel and Hornacek, Jackson and the Knicks also interviewed David Blatt and considered Kurt Rambis for the job. The Knicks have missed the playoffs the last two seasons under Hornacek.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks had 8 healthy players for practice today, so coaches Jerry Sichting (below), Kurt Rambis, Howard Eisley, and Corey Gaines jumped in. No elbows were thrown or hard fouls doled out, so we’re told. pic.twitter.com/ONwC6RDDVU
Mike Vorkunov: Michael Beasley says he likes Knicks assistant Kurt Rambis because he’s “always brutally honest” with him. Rambis coached him in Minnesota. And Beasley likes honesty. “Honesty is like the mirror,” Beasley said. “Everybody’s scared of (it).”
Mike Vorkunov: Nigel Hayes credited Kurt Rambis for improving his shot. He shot 43.6% from three this season in the G-League. Holds no ill will towards #Knicks for not signing him. “It’s a business. Obviously, they didn’t see a value or benefit of bringing me in. There’s no hard feelings.”
Hayes played for the Knicks Summer League team in Las Vegas and then joined New York for training camp before getting waived in mid-October. By his own admission, he still wasn’t shooting the ball well. […] First, he tweaked his mechanics, finding a quicker and more comfortable release point. Then came the reps – a lot of them in a short amount of time – and an unlikely mentor: Knicks assistant coach and four-time NBA champion with the Lakers Kurt Rambis, who missed every one of the 14 threes he took in his 14-year career. Hayes says he gets the same reaction every time he tells someone that Rambis taught him how to shoot threes: surprise.