NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Kurt Rambis as associate head coach, reuniting him with former Laker and head coach Derek Fisher.
Knicks president Phil Jackson made the announcement on Monday. Fisher played for the Los Angeles Lakers for eight seasons, and Rambis spent 13 seasons on the Lakers bench, including seven under Jackson.
“Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court,” Jackson said in a statement. “The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game.”
Rambis was part of eight NBA title teams with the Lakers, either as a player, assistant coach or adviser/assistant general manager.
“Kurt is exactly the type of person we want in our organization to help develop our culture of success,” Fisher said. “His vast knowledge and experience as a championship player and coach are traits that we embrace adding to our staff.”
Rambis, also a disciple of Jackson’s famed triangle offense, was head coach with the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves over three seasons. He finished his third stint as an assistant coach with the Lakers last season.
Rambis was drafted 58th overall by the Knicks in 1980, but was immediately waived.
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