Los Angeles Lakers Must Think Bigger Than Kurt Rambis

Think big, Los Angeles.

Bigger than Kurt Rambis.


Rarely are the Los Angeles Lakers linked to anything or anyone other than the very best. When they have cap space—like they do now—Carmelo Anthony's name gets dropped. LeBron James comes into play. Settling—yes, settling—would consist of signing two-time All-Star Luol Deng. 

When a spot on the sidelines opens up, there is a similar effect.


Mike Brown's departure led the Lakers back to storied, 11-time champion Phil Jackson for, like, a second. Then they turned to another flashy, albeit controversial, name in Mike D'Antoni.

Love him, hate him or only acknowledge his existence because of the Pringles mustache, Magic Mike is big. He is polarizing. Hiring him was so Lakers. 

Naturally, the trend would continue once he left.

Only it hasn't. 

Plenty of candidates have emerged as potential D'Antoni successors—most of them underwhelming and exemplary of small-scale thinking. More recently there has been Rambis, who's officially in the mix according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:

Good for Rambis. Snagging face time with the Lakers remains a big deal. Taking the job would undoubtedly raise his profile and give him a chance to bolster a rather bare resume.

Coaching the Lakers would be good for him.

Just not for the Lakers.


Frightening Credentials

We're talking about Rambis—coaching the Lakers. 

Let that marinate.

Ignore the fact that he doesn't boast the same appeal as Jackson, D'Antoni or Lionel Hollins. He's not the right fit for this team.

Rambis has two-plus years of head coaching experience. He spent a half-season guiding the Lakers during the lockout-truncated 1998-99 campai...

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