Feb 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kurt Rambis favorite to land Lakers coaching job

The New York Knicks are trying to round out their coaching staff after hiring former Lakers and Thunder point guard Derek Fisher to lead the team, and one name that keeps popping up is former Phil Jackson assistant Kurt Rambis. It was Rambis who learned the ways of the coaching force from the Zen Master and it’s Rambis who many think can help guide Fisher in his first gig as a head coach.

But while it seems Rambis is being penciled in as an assistant for the Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers have other ideas and may be moving in to offer the former assistant a job as head coach.

According to Howard Beck from Bleacher Report, the Lakers remain high on Kurt Rambis and he’s the leader among three candidates Los Angeles has seemingly narrowed their search down to.

Another (Phil) Jackson loyalist, Kurt Rambis, could join the Knicks as Fisher’s lead assistant. However, Rambis also remains a favorite for the Lakers’ head-coaching position, according to league sources. The Lakers have interviewed at least a half-dozen coaches, but sources say they are focused on three primary candidates: Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott.

Rambis was already a head coach in the NBA and he flamed out badly with the Minnesota Timberwolves a few years ago. He’s seemed to only thrive when in an environment in which Phil Jackson is in some way present and that’s why he’s such a great fit for Fisher’s staff in New York.

The Lakers have three candidates they’re zeroing in on and by no means is anyone saying Rambis is finalizing a deal or anything of that nature. But he’s the first on a short list of names he can seemingly beat out for the job and taking a head coaching gig over another assistant job seems to be a road many wouldn’t blame Rambis for traveling.

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  • stucktrader

    I personally would want LA to maybe give Hollins another shot… especially if it deals with Kobe… maybe his rep with how he (Hollins) dealt with the then front office of the Wolves cost him future HC opportunities.

    • Dino Madness

      It’s the Jim Buss era where incompetence is the name of the game. Hollins is a great coach so why would an incompetent like Jim Buss allow for some one like him to be the coach of the Lakers. Jimmy and Kupcake have so little regard about Hollins that they chose Rambis and Gentry as finalist over him. If this was a legitimate coaching search the finalist would be between Scott and Hollins. All the others they interviewed are complete utter jokes.

  • Paul J. Lorona

    I’m about to vomit …

    • Dino Madness

      Maybe is all B.S. so that when they pick Scott everyone is relief. Is despicable that Hollins is not one of the finalist for this job. If it’s not B.S. forget about any chance of Kevin Love when he’s a free agent coming here to the Lakers if Rambis is the head coach.

  • cmac

    Rambis would be a good fit. He is a former player. He knows the nuts and bolts of the triangle. He knows how to work with Kobe. People forget he had literally no one to work with in Minnesota. If the Lakers can make the most of this draft pick and manage to re-sign Gasol, they could get back to the playoffs and then pick up another premier player next offseason.