Lakers hire Kurt Rambis

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The Los Angeles Lakers just announced the have hired Kurt Rambis once again, with the title of Senior Basketball Advisor. Lakers fans will remember Rambis from the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers, in which he, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others won four NBA championships.

In his new role Rambis reports to Johnson while supporting basketball operations and the coaching staffs.  Johnson said, “As a member of the Showtime Lakers, Kurt is a champion and knows how to win. He has been an integral part of the Lakers organization winning four NBA Championships as a player and an additional four as a part of the staff. His insights and wide range of experiences will be a huge benefit to our operations.”

Rambis had a two previous stints in managing and coaching roles. While in those roles he helped the team win four more championships.

Head coach Luke Walton said, “I’m happy to welcome Kurt back to the organization. Kurt’s vast NBA experience and knowledge of the game will be a great asset to the team and I look forward to working with him again.”

Before returning to the Lakers, Rambis was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (2009-11) and was the associate head coach with the New York Knicks (2014-18).

Kurt Rambis grew up in Cupertino, CA and attended Santa Clara University where his #34 is retired.

Photo of Kurt Rambis courtesy of the Lakers