Kurt Rambis is back in the Lakers' coaching staff. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
The Los Angeles Lakers on Monday hired Kurt Rambis as part of Mike D’Antoni’s coaching staff.
Before taking the head coaching job for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009, Rambis served as an assistant coach in 1994-99, 2001-04 and 2005-09 in which he helped the team to two NBA championships and four NBA final appearances during Phil Jackson’s tenure.
Rambis was also a key role player during the Lakers era of “showtime” and many remember him as the player with the big glasses who got in a minor brawl with Boston Celtics’ Kevin McHale during the 1984 NBA finals.
Rambis is already familiar with the Laker franchise and is excited to be back as he took it to Twitter to make it official.
“It’s official. I’m back with the @Lakers. #Assistant coach. Very excited…,” he posted on Twitter.
While many Laker fans are excited to see him back, many wonder how he will do under D’Antoni’s system.
“Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men, and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff. Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us,” said D’Antoni.