No Phil Jackson Means No Kurt Rambis; Sigh
Phil Jackson coming back to the NBA meant getting the band (Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons) back together, man.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: No Phil in LA means no Kurt Rambis in LA.
All this talk about Phil Jackson potentially getting hired to coach the Lakers again, and then probably bringing on Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach, got my Kurt Rambis juices flowing like a freshman on prom night. My Kurt Rambis juices had been stagnant as of late, but now, thanks to a few recently discovered hiterto unseen clips courtesy of the interweb, they are again flowing freely. Check out this barrage of around the basket scoring and dunking from all angles. The alleyoop at 3:45 is the best part.
The debacle that was the Lakers choosing Mike D'Antoni to coach the squadron instead of Phil Jackson only served to whet my appetitte for Rambis as it turned out. 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 if you did, it's only because you weren't paying attention. The roster that Rambis got handed was a steaming pile of dog doo year one, compounded by the fact David Kahn drafted three point guards that year when they had needs all over. Somehow, they won two more games in Rambis' second year, but he was fired anyway. It's no coincidence though, that team won 26 games the next year; Rambis did the grunt work and was jettisoned- just like during his playing career. Look at him going HAM on "Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins here:
Rambis is probably the dorkiest looking basketball player to ever play in the NBA (other than Brian Scalabrine). But, he was also highly successful and much more productive than you probably remember.
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.
We all know the NBA loves to recycle coaches like no other pro sports league in the world; Rick Adelman, anyone? Who even knew Bernie Bickerstaff was still around until Mike Brown was terminated? We can only hope that Kurt Rambis gets another shot.