ESPN: Kurt Rambis to join Knicks

From Ian Begley at

Kurt Rambis will accept a position as an assistant coach under new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, league sources told ESPN New York.

Rambis will be the first addition to Fisher’s staff. Fisher said at his introductory news conference that he hoped to add some experienced coaches to his bench.

Rambis has had three previous stints as an assistant coach for the Lakers, spanning 12 seasons in total. He worked in Los Angeles under current Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and was an assistant when Fisher played for the Lakers.

Rambis also was the Lakers’ head coach in 1998-99, going 24-13 after Del Harris was fired. He has a strong knowledge of the triangle offense, which the Knicks are expected to implement.

We knew the Knicks had made an offer but now we know that Rambis has accepted. We were all expecting Phil Jackson to sign a veteran assistant coach to help make Derek Fisher’s transition to head coaching a smoother ride, and there are few assistant coaches out there as well-respected as Rambis, especially for a team that wants to run the Triangle.

The deal reportedly will pay Rambis over a million dollars a year, so that’s good for him, too.

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