Lakers’ Kurt Rambis Approaching Career Crossroads

The Los Angeles Lakers are not the only NBA organization that Kurt Rambis has ever been affiliated with, although it sometimes seems that way. He first joined the team as a free agent in 1980 and now is approaching a career crossroads—again.

What comes next for a guy often seen as a Lakers lifer? According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the former power forward once dubbed “Superman” for his Clark Kent glasses and all-out hustle will be one of several candidates to be interviewed for the Lakers coaching position vacated by Mike D’Antoni.

Rambis has also been mentioned in connection with the New York Knicks’ coaching vacancy under new president Phil Jackson, although Steve Kerr is the current favorite.

Kerr has some deciding to do—the Golden State Warriors coaching job is also reportedly his if he so chooses, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. 

Rambis has worn a lot of hats over 25 seasons with the Lakers—player, executive, assistant coach, interim head coach and back to assistant again. He once seemed to be the heir apparent to Phil Jackson but instead left the team’s umbrella to become head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The two-year triangle experiment was a bold but total disaster and could have sealed his fate as a head coach in the NBA—it’s one thing to have a losing record and another thing altogether to do it as a Jackson disciple who has the audacity to try and duplicate the triple-post magic on his own.

In case you haven’t heard, the triangle offense has never caught on in the NBA apart from Jackson’s 11 rings. Similarly, the imperial Jackson himself was never a favorite among the coaching fraternity, and that has had a ripple-down effect among his assistants.

Rambis spent a year as an ESPN analyst and was front and center as ...

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