UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Rambis should hold an official position with the Lakers within the next few days.
The Los Angeles Lakers are “close” to adding Kurt Rambis to their coaching staff, according to ESPN:
[pullquote]The Los Angeles Lakers are “close” to hiring Kurt Rambis for their coaching staff, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
Rambis, an ESPN analyst, has been an assistant coach with the Lakers on and off between 1994 and 2009. He was Phil Jackson’s lead assistant for all five of his championships with the Lakers.
In 2009, he left to become coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was fired after just two seasons with the rebuilding club. His return to the Lakers is seen as a stabilizing force because of his experience and institutional knowledge of the franchise.[/pullquote]
This doesn’t come of much as a surprise seeing as Rambis has been publicly interacting with members of the Lakers’ staff in Las Vegas during Summer League. Ex-Lakers announcer Joel Meyers even mentioned on the air last night that Rambis was already a part of the Lakers’ coaching staff, though I’m not sure if Meyers was wrong or simply jumped the gun.
During his days as a lead assistant coach under Phil Jackson, Rambis was in charge of the defense at times, a role that could possibly be handed over to him if he agrees to terms to join Mike D’Antoni‘s staff.
Ex-Orlando Magic head coach Johnny Davis is also expected to sign with the Lakers, according to the report.