Rambis leaves Lakers, accepts coaching vacancy in Minnesota

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, longtime Laker and fan favorite Kurt Rambis has left Los Angeles to fill the coaching void left in Minnesota after the departure of Kevin McHale at the end of last season.  Ironically it was McHale that delivered a vicious clothesline on Rambis during the 1984 Finals that is still a popular video today, epitomizing the rivalry between Boston and Los Angeles.  Rambis played for the Lakers for nine seasons winning four NBA titles and has been on the coaching staff for the past ten years, including a short stint as head coach in the 1999 season before being replaced by current coach Phil Jackson.

This past season Rambis was the defensive mastermind behind the Lakers lock down on the Orlando Magic in the Finals, holding the high scoring Magic to a little over 91 ppg.  After speaking with other NBA teams such as the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers, Rambis finally decided that Minnesota was the right choice to take another shot at being the head man.

Rambis inherits a team that struggled to a 24-58 record last season in Minnesota but is stocked with young talent and building towards the future. With young players such as forwards Kevin Love and Al Jefferson and the newly drafted Ricky Rubio the Timberwolves are a team that is expecting to compete in the near future and have given Rambis the keys to the machine.


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