With Stan Van Gundy and Steve Kerr now off the board, the list of hot coaching commodities is dwindling. As for the Los Angeles Lakers, they appear to be content with waiting until after the NBA Draft to make their selection. A name that continuously surfaces as a potential coach is former Laker Kurt Rambis. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Rambis should be taken off the list because 2015 free-agent target Kevin Love would rather not play for his former coach again.
Rambis was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves and coached Love for two years. Love was still coming into his own and Rambis for some reason kept his young superstar on a very tight leash. With Al Jefferson traded, the only other post players on the team at the time were Ryan Hollins, Darco Milicic and Oleksiy Pecherov, yet Love’s minutes were inconsistent.
Rambis was an assistant coach for Phil Jackson and came to the Timberwolves after the Lakers won a NBA Championship in 2009. Rambis tried to implement the the triangle offense in Minnesota which was probably the biggest mistake of his coaching career. The triangle is best when you have players to run the offense, but the Timberwolves just did not have them. Rambis struggled in Minnesota, compiling a 32-112 record before he was fired in 2011.
Love is considered to be the big catch in the 2015 free-agent class, and the Lakers have been rumored to be first on his list for the past couple of seasons. It makes sense that Love would not want to play for Rambis considering how the two both clashed in Minnesota. What also makes sense is that if Rambis is a serious candidate for the Lakers, they must now reconsider if this is true.
Love is one of the preeminent power-forwards in the game and would be an excellent second option to Kobe Bryant. Many basketball experts already believe that Love to Los Angeles is a done deal when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Sorry to say it, but Rambis should not be the reason why Love is not in a Lakers jersey for the start of the 2015-16 season.