The showtime Lakers needed someone who could clean up their act when they are missing shots and Kurt Rambis was more than willing to do the dirty job leading in rebounds and defensive plays. That’s why he walks and preaches defense having been assigned as the defensive coordinator last year for the champion Lakers.
Famous for his thick-rimmed black glasses and mustache a typical journey man who played with the Hornets, Suns, Kings and the Lakers who bagged 4 championship rings in return (1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988) with Rambis. Coached the 1998-1999 Lakers in the shortened season when former coach Del Harris went on to an early exit. Mixing youth with experienced like mixing Coke with Rum, Rambis orchestrated a different Laker team with an up-tempo offense giving chances to second year guards like Fisher and Bryant and incorporate them with veterans such as Derek Harper, Glen Rice and Eddie Jones winning 24 games with 13 losses before getting swept by San Antonio in the playoffs.
10 years after Kurt Rambis devise a plan to stop the behemoth from the East Dwight Howard giving the Lakers organization its 15th title…collapsing defense on a double team… giving open looks for poor shooters… The Lakers who were labeled soft came out blazing in the defensive end. Rambis taught them the way he made a name for himself playing hard nose defense.
David Khan hired Kurt Rambis as coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves this coming season finally after years of hard work Kurt has finally see the fruits of his labor. Overshadowed by the show-time players such as Magic and Kareem, needed 57 picks in the draft before getting drafted by the Knicks, had to play overseas to earn a shot at the NBA, Coach with an interim sign in the first name after Del Harris got fired… it was all worth it. Now Rambis will have to work on a franchise fronting four rookies loaded with underachieving veterans. Its still a long long way to go for Kurt Rambis… but its all ok… after all it took him years to get to where he is now… nothing beats HARD WORK… and lots and lots of patience…