Reaction to Rambis’ hiring

Lakers owner Jerry Buss had this to say about the departure of longtime assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who was formally introduced today as the new coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves:”Kurt is one of the hardest-working and brightest assistant coaches we’ve ever had, and I expect he will be very successful with the Timberwolves. Kurt has been a key figure in the success of the Lakers for nearly three decades. In my mind, he will always be a Laker, but we wish him well.”

GM Mitch Kupchak said:
“While we’re obviously sad to see Kurt leave, we are excited for him to realize his long-time goal of becoming an NBA head coach. Kurt is a true professional and has ingrained himself as a fixture as a player, front-office executive and coach in this organization, and has become a fan favorite over the years. While he will undoubtably be a welcome addition to the Timberwolves franchise, Kurt will always remain a part of the Lakers family.”

Coach Phil Jackson said:
“It’s ‘Best of luck’ that the coaching staff sends to Kurt Rambis as he takes on the coaching duties with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kurt has been the workhorse of my staff the past few years. He’s worked with the youth of our team, coming in early and staying late to help players develop. Last season, he took on the responsibility as the defensive coordinator, a valuable part of our championship run. We will miss him, but know this is the time to do what he’s destined to do.”