Although the moves aren’t considered imminent, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has considered adding Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis to his coaching staff, according to a league source familiar with the process.
Rambis spent 10 seasons Phil Jackson’s lead assistant coach, had head-coaching stints with both the Lakers (1999) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2009-2011)and won four championships in his nine-year playing career with the Lakers during the Showtime Era. Rambis could help bring stability to the staff because of his ties within the franchise and could be viewed as an extension of Jackson’s influence.
Davis served as Dwight Howard’s first coach with the Orlando Magic and has had several assistant and head-coaching stints over the years with the Philadelphia 76ers (1996-97), Magic (2003-05) and Memphis Grizzlies (2009). Although those close to Howard say he won’t advocate for any changes done on his behalf, such moves could help bring more clarity on the Lakers future.
The news was first reported by ESPN.
D’Antoni had hoped to fill out his coaching staff with Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan, but both of those candidates accepted respective assistant coaching positions with the Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
D’Antoni has received both public and private assurances he will remain as the Lakers head coach. But his brother, Dan, remains the lone member of his original coaching staff in his first season with the Lakers. Eddie Jordan took the Rutgers’ head-coaching job, while Steve Clifford accepted the Charlotte Bobcats’ head-coaching position. D’Antoni chose not to retain Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person. And Darvin Ham and Phil Handy took on larger assistant coaching roles with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.
D’Antoni recently hired Larry Lewis and Mark Madsen to serve as his two player development coaches. Lewis spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. Madsen was named the D-Fenders’ head-coach in May.
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