Rambis Returns! Lakers Add Kurt To Coaching Staff
On Monday, the Lakers announced that Kurt Rambis will be returning to LA as a member of Mike D'Antoni's coaching staff.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: This sets the stage perfectly for Rambis to be hired as head man a year from now after another disappointing D'Antoni led season.
Said D'Antoni via press release yesterday about his possible successor:
“Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff. Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us.”
Rambis turned being a dorky white guy with limited athleticism into a 13 year career. The other night, I was up late, Googling "Kurt Rambis" like usual and I looked at his stats.
No, not the four championships he was a part of, but his actual stats. For his career, Rambis averaged just 18.5 mpg. But in those 18.5 mpg, he averaged 5.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and even 1.1 apg.I had completely forgotten his stint as a starter for the Charlotte Hornets in their first year of existence. That year, he was the teams fifth leading scorer (11.1) and leading rebounder (9.7). And, he hit a couple of game winners; no biggie.
Maybe I’m the only one, but I still think Rambis could be a very successful NBA coach. Sure, many people would point to the two year stint in Minnesota and say otherwise, but the roster that Rambis got handed barely had a collective pulse, compounded by the fact David Kahn drafted three point guards that year when they had needs all over.
I still remember when Rambis took over the Lakers as head coach during the 1998-99 season 13 games in. He led them to nine straight victories (tying an NBA record), a 24-13 record and into the Western Conference Semis.
Rambis returning to the Lakers makes me feel good. And, it probably makes Mike D'Antoni nervous.
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