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Kurt Rambis As Assistant Coach Will Pay Dividends For The Los Angeles Lakers

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According to several media outlets the Los Angeles Lakers are very close to hiring Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach. For those familiar with the Lakers in recent years you will know that Rambis was on the staff of the Lakers last 5 NBA titles, and serving as the lead assistant for the last two. Rambis provided the Lakers with many of their defensive playbooks and game plans throughout his years as assistant coach, and while the Lakers, during their last two title runs, were never the best defensive team in the league, they were very good and not as bad as they are now.

With the Lakers management heading in the direction of gathering young players, and hopefully landing either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony in free-agency next season, this move should help immensely. Regardless of whether or not the Lakers sign one of the aforementioned players, an assistant coach hire will not sway either’s mind in any particular direction, Rambis is a solid assistant. He will be bringing with him some of the philosophy of Phil Jackson, and will be designing game plans more suitable for the current Lakers roster.

While Mike D’Antoni will be running his offense, and the new younger players will help with that, the offense needs to be tweaked just a bit to account for what the Lakers have. The Lakers are not the run-and-gun Suns, and never will be. Steve Nash is 39 years old and just can’t play like he used to, or at the pace he used to. But he can still be effective. Utilizing him alongside Kobe is something that the Lakers never really accomplished last season, and they hope to do so in this upcoming season.

D’Antoni has never really believed in throwing the ball down low and working from the inside out, well now with the Lakers signing of Chris Kaman they won’t have to worry about that. Kaman will not be a legit offensive option for the Lakers, heck he might not even start, nevertheless Kaman can be an effective option for the Lakers, mainly playing the role of big man cutting to the basket for easy baskets.

All in all the Rambis hire should be a huge plus for these struggling Lakers. Rambis can play the same role that Tom Thibodeau did for the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics, defensive specialist. Rambis may not be as good of a coach as Thibodeau, he certainly failed as a head coach, although he was never really given a fair chance. But he is very formidable and his presence can only help this Lakers squad who, surprisingly, shouldn’t be too bad after losing Dwight Howard in free-agency this past off-season.


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  1. Rambis, in all fairness, was not concerned about winning in Minnesota; he was concerned about developing, so he worked with everybody on the squad correcting deficiencies. That resulted in losses for the Wolves – but what if they won 22 instead of 15 because they only played 7-8 players like the great teams? It would be kind of pointless, wouldn’t it? and you developed no one. You can blame the media and you can blame Kevin Love for wanting to be on an instant-win team. Maybe they should have got value for Kevin 3 years ago. He’d be happy and the Wolves would have gradually developed instead of trying to force the situation like they are now doing. Rambis is a good man. The only thing I didn’t like about him was his potty-mouth and his confrontationalism – but what they bagged him about was the opposite – his lack of fire on the bench when things got sour – so which was it, fire or lack of fire? It was the fan blogs that really sunk him. He should have invited them inside so he could show them what his philosophy of building a team was instead of letting them come to their own opinions, and on that basis trash him.
    A personal interview with those bloggers would have smoothed things over.

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