Knicks Name Kurt Rambis Associate Head Coach

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NEW YORK--New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has named Kurt Rambis associate head coach. The hiring reunites Rambis with Head Coach Derek Fisher, with whom he spent 10 seasons with at the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

         “Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court,” Jackson said. “The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game.”

 

         Rambis has been a part of eight NBA Championship teams as either a player, assistant coach or advisor/assistant general manager, all with the Lakers. He comes to the Knicks bench as the franchise’s first-ever associate head coach after completing his third stint as an assistant coach with the Lakers last season. He spent 13 seasons on the Lakers bench, including seven under Jackson.

 

         “Kurt is exactly the type of person we want in our organization to help develop our culture of success,” Fisher said. “His vast knowledge and experience as a championship player and coach are traits that we embrace adding to our staff.”

 

Rambis returns to New York 34 years after the team originally drafted him in the third round (58th overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft out of Santa Clara University, although he never appeared in a game for the Knicks. In 14 seasons, he played in 880 regular season games, averaging 5.2 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Lakers, original Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings. With the Lakers, Rambis was a member of four NBA Championship teams over a seven-year span (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).

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Kurt Rambis Year-By-Year

 

NBA Player

                           Season      Team                         G   RPG   APG   PPG

                           1981-82      L.A. Lakers*               64     5.4     0.9     4.6

                           1982-83      L.A. Lakers                 78     6.8     1.2     7.5

                           1983-84      L.A. Lakers                 47     5.7     0.7     3.6

                           1984-85      L.A. Lakers*               82     6.4     0.8     5.2

                           1985-86      L.A. Lakers                 74     7.0     0.9     5.5

                           1986-87      L.A. Lakers*               78     5.8     0.8     5.7

                           1987-88      L.A. Lakers*               70     3.8     0.8     4.0

                           1988-89      Charlotte                   75     9.4     2.1   11.0

                           1989-90      Charlotte/Phoenix       74     7.1     1.8     6.2

                           1990-91      Phoenix                     62     4.3     1.0     3.6

                           1991-92      Phoenix                     28     3.8     1.3     3.2

                           1992-93      Phoenix/Sacramento   72     3.2     0.7     2.5

                           1993-94      L.A. Lakers                 50     3.8     0.6     3.3

                           1994-95      L.A. Lakers                 26     1.3     0.6     1.7

                           Totals                                      880    5.6    1.1    5.2

                 

NBA Head Coach

                                                               Regular Season   Playoffs           

                           Season      Team           W       L   Pct.     W    L   Pct.

                           1998-99      L.A. Lakers   24      13   .649      3    5   .375

                           2009-10      Minnesota     15      67   .183       -    -     ---

                           2010-11      Minnesota     17      65   .207       -    -     ---

                           Totals                           56   145  .279      3    5  .375

 

 

NBA Assistant Coach

                           1994-95      L.A. Lakers           2003-04      L.A. Lakers

                           1995-96      L.A. Lakers           2005-06      L.A. Lakers

                           1996-97      L.A. Lakers           2006-07      L.A. Lakers

                           1997-98      L.A. Lakers           2007-08      L.A. Lakers

                           1998-99      L.A. Lakers           2008-09      L.A. Lakers*

                           2001-02      L.A. Lakers*         2013-14      L.A. Lakers

                           2002-03      L.A. Lakers                            

 

NBA Executive

                           1999-00      L.A. Lakers*         Assistant General Manager

                           2000-01      L.A. Lakers*         Assistant General Manager

 

* - denotes NBA Championship