With presumably one or two years left in Phil Jackson’s career, longtime Lakers player and assistant coach Kurt Rambis passed on waiting around for a head coaching job, and decided to take his coaching talents to Minnesota, where he has led the Timberwolves to 32 wins in two seasons amidst roster upheaval and questionable draft picks.
However, as the Associated Press has been reporting, Rambis has been vocal about not hearing from the Timberwolves organization concerning whether or not he would return for his third year with the club.
“Everybody has reasons for why they conduct the business in the way they want to conduct their business,” Rambis said in his first public remarks about the situation since the season ended April 13. “If you’re asking me if that’s what I would do, no, that’s not how I would handle things. But everybody’s different.”
According to reports, Rambis has twice been seen in Minnesota, working with veteran free agents and draft prospects despite his shaky status. The appearances have been a bit awkward, with the coach-in-limbo going about his business despite the very real possibility that he will not be back next season.
If Kurt Rambis was let go, would Mike Brown and the Lakers consider bringing back the assistant and fan favorite that Chick Hearn referred to as “Clark Kent” during the era of Showtime?
While still a possibility, the Lakers organization has shown no favoritism towards its longtime assistants this off-season, passing up Brian Shaw for the head coaching position and leaving other assistants like Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen out of jobs.
Mitch Kupchak has said that the Lakers organization will have some say on who Brown’s assistants will be, but will defer to Brown in the process.
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