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New York Knicks to Hire Kurt Rambis as Assistant Coach

July 4th, 2014 at 6:51 PM
By Daniel Stack

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On Thursday, the New York Knicks offered Kurt Rambis to be the primary assistant coach to new head coach Derek Fisher, and from all reports, he will accept the offer.

Rambis and the Knicks have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $4.8 million contract. Fisher had long said he wanted an assistant coach with experience in the league, and Rambis will fill that void.

From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:

Kurt Rambis will accept a position as an assistant coach under new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, league sources told ESPN New York.

Rambis will be the first addition to Fisher's staff. Fisher said at his introductory news conference that he hoped to add some experienced coaches to his bench.

Rambis has had three previous stints as an assistant coach for the Lakers, spanning 12 seasons in total. He worked in Los Angeles under current Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and was an assistant when Fisher played for the Lakers.

Rambis also was the Lakers' head coach in 1998-99, going 24-13 after Del Harris was fired. He has a strong knowledge of the triangle offense, which the Knicks are expected to implement.

With the familiarity Rambis has with the triangle offense and his relationships with Jackson and Fisher, this hiring made all the sense in the world.

Rambis is a good company man and his intelligence, attention to details and experience should be a great asset to Fisher in his first year as coach.

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