Will Kurt Rambis Returning to LA Lakers Be Precursor to Phil Jackson’s Reunion?

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of hiring Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach, per ESPN, but could that just be the first step toward bringing back Phil Jackson?

Rambis was an assistant coach for the Lakers from 1994 through 1998 before spending the 1999 season as their head coach. Jackson came in to take over the team the following season, and Rambis went back to an assistant job from 2001 until 2004, and then again from 2005 through 2009.

After spending two seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rambis worked as an analyst for ESPN.

What makes the hiring so interesting is that Rambis' stints in Los Angeles coincided with Jackson's, save the final few seasons of Jackson's career when Rambis went to coach the Timberwolves.

Rambis was with the team as the assistant general manager during their first two championships back in 2000 and 2001.

When he joined the coaching staff at the start of the 2002 season, Rambis stuck by Jackson until 2004 when they both left Los Angeles.

Once Jackson came back in the summer of 2005, Rambis came along with him to continue as the Lakers' lead assistant.

After the Lakers lost Rambis to the Timberwolves following the 2009 season, both Jackson and Kobe Bryant mentioned how much he meant to the team.

Whether it was a sign of respect, or just the indication that Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and Jim Cleamons could grow enough to cover his role, Jackson never filled Rambis' position.

When it seemed Jackson would take over the team again after Mike Brown was fired five games into the 2013 season, Rambis' name popped up yet again.

Both he and Cleamons were ready to come back and join Jackson's coaching staff if he were to land the job.

It seems that Rambis is ready at the drop of a hat to join Jackson each time he embarks on a new coaching challenge, so couldn't this hir...

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