The Los Angeles Lakers and Mitch Kupchak announced today the hiring of former Laker, Kurt Rambis, and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches for the upcoming season.
In a statement released by the team on Monday, head coach Mike D’Antoni expressed the following sentiments regarding the newest additions to his staff:
“Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff”
Of Johnny Davis, D’Antoni had the following to say:
“Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us.”
As is the norm nowadays, Kurt Rambis took to his Twitter account to share his most recent employment by tweeting the following:
— Kurt Rambis (@KRambis) July 29, 2013
The hiring of a former Phil Jackson assistant coach once again brings to the forefront the adequacy of Mike D’Antoni as the right candidate to lead the prestigious franchise.
Coming off one of the most embarrassing and injury-plagued seasons in Lakers history, the Lakers brass (specifically owner Jim Buss) had been harshly criticized for passing up on the Zen Master and instead opting for D’Antoni. The latter failed to capitalize on the type of talent that composed the roster during Dwight Howard’s stint as a Laker.
The recent hire could be seen either as move to fill in the holes that D’Antoni’s system creates by refusing to adjust or as the foundation to possibly replace him in the future. In any event, after having lost Dwight Howard and with even less talent on the roster for 2013-2014, D’Antoni remains on the hot seat.