Los Angeles Lakers: Team might bolster staff with addition of Kurt Rambis

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The Los Angeles Lakers are certainly looking to improve their roster this offseason. However, the team may also be looking at ways to boost the organization in general.

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the cusp of one of their most crucial offseasons in recent history. With big name after big name linked to Los Angeles, all eyes are on them to bring back the glory days that once consumed the city.

Granted the Lakers are trying to lure in marquee talent, the team is exploring every avenue possible to improve their overall outlook. One of those avenues supposedly involves former Showtime favorite Kurt Rambis.

Via Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation, the Lakers could possibly bring Kurt Rambis aboard in some capacity. Los Angeles Times contributor Tania Ganguli was the first to bring up the rumor.

If the Lakers ultimately add Rambis to their staff, the team has two ideas in mind. The most likely scenario out of the two would be giving Rambis an assistant coach role. It would make sense because, as Moreno outlines, Jed Buechler has a new job working for the Knicks.

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The other possibility the Lakers are reportedly considering would be a front office type role.

At any rate, one thing that is known for a fact is that Rambis is currently without a job. Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report recollects that Rambis was fired by the Knicks in April after five years with them. The former power forward was an assistant and interim head coach for the Eastern Conference squad over that span.

Such a move would not be all too surprising for the Lakers. After all, let alone Rambis’ Showtime era ties to the team, he spent many years as an assistant coach for the purple and gold in the past.

The Clark Kent-esque individual was an assistant coach for L.A. from 1996-2009. Moreover, Rambis carried the exact same role for the organization during the 2013-2014 campaign.

After the Lakers won their 15th title in 2009, Kurt was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, after two unsuccessful years at the helm, he was given the boot.

Rexwell Villas of ClutchPoints postulates that Rambis’ presence could help in terms of “nurturing” the Lakers’ younger pieces. This would be invaluable for a roster that is looking to secure a postseason spot in 2018-2019.

Rambis’ history with the Lakers goes all the way back to the 1981-1982 season. This marked the second time the Lakers won a championship during the 1980s.

Thus, one cannot help but wonder if the Lakers are considering adding Rambis to create a certain “feel” within the organization again.

Los Angeles is going to do all they can this offseason to make the team improve. Therefore, bringing back a key link from the past in a different capacity would not be a head-scratcher per se.

Rambis has won multiple titles with the Lakers as a player and a coach. As a result, he could indeed be “nurturing” by virtue of experiencing what it is like participating in big-time moments.

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Not everyone gets to visualize such sequences from both lenses, either, which only boosts Rambis’ appeal.