Kurt Rambis signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1981 after a 10-day contract with the Knicks. The Rambis signing did not create a lot of buzz or headlines, but he was a major piece to the four of the Lakers’ championship runs.
Rambis was never a player to fill up the box score, instead he was the hustle man. The coach could always rely on Rambis to grab loose balls and was always on the floor extending plays. Rambis may not ever make it to the Hall of Fame, but the Lakers would not have won those four titles without him.
7: Ron Artest
The artist now know as Metta World Peace signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2009, at the time under the name of Ron Artest. The Lakers were fresh of winning a title and they lost young forward Trevor Ariza that same summer. Artest had a troubled past before joining the Lakers and many expected him to be a downgrade from Ariza.
However, Artest was surprisingly well behaved and he helped the Lakers win another championship that same season. Artest played a vital role in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics and proved his value to the team.
In his time with the Lakers, Artest has averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 rebounds.
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