Oct 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Laker assistant coach Kurt Rambis talks to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wesley Johnson (11) during the second half of the Lakers

NBA Rumors: Kurt Rambis "favorite" for coach role

After reportedly narrowing the coaching search down to three candidates, former Laker Kurt Rambis appears to be one of the favorites for the job, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

However, Rambis also remains a favorite for the Lakers’ head-coaching position, according to league sources. The Lakers have interviewed at least a half-dozen coaches, but sources say they are focused on three primary candidates: Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott.

Shockingly, Rambis remains a candidate despite his abysmal record with the Timberwolves in his two seasons as head coach. In those two years, Rambis finished with a 32-132 record and unsuccessfully implemented his variation of the Triangle Offense.

With Rambis, Byron Scott and Alvin Gentry remain finalists for the job. The Lakers have kept the coaching search very close to the chest, with only initial interviews being known.

Reportedly, Scott was given a second interview himself and also remains one of the favorites. Scott certainly has a better pedigree than Rambis, but the first observations may be deceiving. Despite making it to two Finals, Scott thrived in a weakened Eastern Conference in the early 2000s and was swept out of the NBA Finals in each of his appearances.

However, hopeful Lakers fans see Scott as a gateway to a player like Kyrie Irving, who he still maintains a close relationship with. He also is someone who has been with the Lakers before and fans rally behind the idea of him “knowing what it means to be a Laker.”

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