NBA: LA Lakers Hire Kurt Rambis, Johnny Davis as Assistants

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches on Monday.

Jul 29 2013, 7:03pm CDT | by

NBA: LA Lakers Hire Kurt Rambis, Johnny Davis as Assistants
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The Los Angeles Lakers hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches on Monday. 

Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports the Lakers will now have three primary assistants under head coach Mike D'Antoni, the other being his brother, Dan D'Antoni.

The head coach praised his new assistants' NBA experience as players and former head coaches.

"Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team. 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."

Rambis, who played for the team as a power forward from 1981-88 and 1993-95, rejoins the Lakers after stints as their lead assistant from 2001-04 and 2005-09. He was hired as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 but was fired in 2011. All in all, he has eight championship rings as a player, coach and front-office executive, per ESPN LA. 

He served as a basketball analyst for ESPN and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet in the 2012-13 NBA season. 

The 55-year-old Rambis broke the news on Twitter. 

"It's official. I'm back with the Lakers. Assistant coach. Very excited." 

Davis' assistant coaching stints include those with the Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and more recently with the Toronto Raptors. He also was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (1996-97) and Orlando Magic (2003-05).

He was selected in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, whom he won an NBA title with as a rookie. He played 10 seasons in the league with stops with the Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. 


 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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