Kurt Rambis interviews for vacant Lakers head coaching position

Kurt RambisKurt Rambis had a mustache and wore thick-rimmed glasses when he was in the NBA, he didn’t have the look of basketball player. On the basketball court, he was known as Superman (a nickname given to him by broadcasting icon Chick Hearn) for his energy and rebounding because his look was so nondescript. He was a career over-achiever and did what many others didn’t want to do, mainly play defense and rebound the basketball.

On Tuesday, it was reported that he interviewed with general manager for the vacant head coaching position with the Los Angeles Lakers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to die-hard Laker fans.

Kurt Rambis was an assistant coach for the Lakers this recently completed season. He also was an assistant coach (2001-2004 and 2005-2009) when Phil Jackson when he was the head coach, winning four more NBA titles. Rambis won four rings during his playing days from 1981-1995.

Rambis was also the Lakers head coach during the 1998-1999 season after Del Harris was canned. Rambis led the Lakers to a 24-13 record and they lost in the Western Conference semifinals, getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Rambis, 56 years old, recorded a 32-132 record from 2009-2011 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Lakers aren’t done yet, though. They plan on bringing in former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry. Mitch Kupchak has stated the team is in no hurry to hire a coach and it seems they are doing their due diligence to hire the right candidate.

Rambis would seem a lazy hire and not very smart in my opinion. He’s a career assistant who has never really shined when he got a chance as the head coach. Lionel Hollins or Byron Scott would be a much better choice, Hollins is being interview later this week and Scott was interviewed last Tuesday.

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  1. I’m surprised the Lakers are “playing it cool” and not trying to wine and dine some coach away from a lower-mid-level market team. Terry Stotts? Dwayne Casey? How about Scott Brooks? Instead they are chasing good assistant coaches, but not strong locker room leaders like they need. This is all very puzzling to me. I’d expect more savvy and shark-like finesse from The Show.

  2. Hollins or Scott will end up getting the position, this is just a smokescreen. Rambis or Dunleavy won’t end up getting the job.


  3. I am in agreement with Zach. It’s not like Hollins or Scott won’t be a good hires, but it feels uninspired. It’s in the vein of the Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni hires. I get that they have to do something for Kobe but it’s about time the Lakers look past all of that.

    With a chance to rebuild your entire roster, it would be nice of Kupchak to think outside of the box instead of the same old retreads. Maybe a Quinn Snyder or an Ettore Messina. Something different.

  4. Shoot, I’d even take a retread in George Karl. Surprised the Lakers haven’t even interviewed him since he and Kupchak have a University of North Carolina connection.

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