Today, Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced the hiring of Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis. Both Davis and Rambis will serve as assistant coaches to Mike D’Antoni. They will work with Dan D’Antoni who is being retained as assistant coach.
Davis joins the Lakers with over two decades of NBA coaching experience. He spent the previous two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. Before joining the Raptors, Davis worked six seasons as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies (2007-11), Indiana Pacers (2006-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2005-06).
Rambis, on the other hand, spent most of his time working for the Lakers. After retiring, Rambis became a part of the Lakers front office before becoming an assistant coach to Phil Jackson. Rambis brings a great deal of knowledge back to the Lakers coaching staff . He also brings experience working with big men, and he has head coach experience as well.
When asked why Rambis and Davis were chosen, D’Antoni had many specific reasons why he thought they would help the Lakers succeed.
“Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team,” said Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. “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. 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. ”
The Lakers hope both Davis and Rambis will help guide the Lakers to success in 2013. With their vast knowledge and teaching ability, they will be greatly appreciated by the players and fans.