Kurt Rambis, the former player and coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, appears to be closing in on a deal that would bring him back to the bench of his former team, except this time he’d be a part of Mike D’Antoni’s coaching staff.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers and Rambis should have a deal done by Friday:

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Kurt has been seen on occasion with both D’Antoni and general manager Mitch Kupchak during some of the Lakers’ Summer League games in Las Vegas this month.

Although it is unclear what role Rambis would have with the team, he spent the majority of his years focusing on defensive schemes, a place many say D’Antoni could use some help. Rambis, who is very defensive-minded, could possibly be one of the missing links the team needs to turn things around.

If the Lakers and Rambis do agree on a deal, it would be his third time joining the team as a coach.

A signing of Rambis would suggest that Kurt’s good friend Phil Jackson will have a bigger role with the team than any of us might have guessed, as his voice may be heard through Rambis, which should excite Laker fans everywhere.

This is an article by Mike Texidor. You can follow him on Twitter: @miketexidor21