- NBA news: Don’t sleep on the San Antonio Spurs
- Sacramento Kings: Early boomers and busts
- Lakers news: Team signs PG Kendall Marshall
- Kobe Bryant injury: NBA reacts to bad news on Lakers star
- Clippers C DeAndre Jordan plays big in victory over Pelicans
- Angels news: Team signs outfielder Raul Ibanez
- Dodgers and J.P. Howell come to terms
- All business, some play on Sacramento Kings road trips
- MLB news: A’s eye $500M waterfront ballpark
- Chargers’ playoff chances take a major hit in Week 15
Lakers’ assistant coach Kurt Rambis focused on team defense
- Updated: August 4, 2013
Newly-hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis says he intends to focus on improving the team’s defense, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.
The hiring of former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach as an assistant coach has been speculated about since the firing of then-Lakers head coach Mike Brown at the beginning of last season. Mike D’Antoni should have always been considered as a coach who needed strong assistants. His effectiveness as an offensive coach who runs the pick-and-roll as well as anyone is well-documented. Having Steve Nash running the point just makes it that much stronger, but his career as a coach has not been recognized for being able to stop any other teams’ offense.
In comes the Rambis factor. The 55-year-old Cupertino, Calif. native has never been known for creating points, but he has the reputation of creating defensive assignments for players that make it hard for opposing teams to score. Rambis’ defensive repertoire can be traced back to when he was playing for the Lakers himself.
“In talking with Mike [D’Antoni], he knows that that’s kind of my focal point,” said Rambis. “Last year, it was almost as if they were trying to out-score their opponent rather than try to win the battle at both ends of the court. In order to give this team a great chance to win they’re got to figure out how to be productive at both ends.”
Rambis’ words are a reassurance of the obvious – his role with the Lakers has and will always be the same, and it shouldn’t be better any other way.
Latest posts by Eldrick Bone (see all)
- LA Galaxy focused on second leg against Real Salt Lake - November 5, 2013
- Sean Franklin’s rocket-goal wins first-leg match for Galaxy over RSL 1-0 - November 3, 2013
- LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce arena calls draw against SJ ‘Quakes a ‘fair result’ - October 22, 2013