Kurt Rambis joins Time Warner Cable SportsNet team
Kurt Rambis, who currently works for ESPN as an on-air NBA analyst, will join the Time Warner Cable SportsNet team live in studio for select Lakers games this season. His first game will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, the first regular season Lakers game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Rambis will appear on “#LakeShow” with studio hosts Chris McGee and Andy Adler alongside analysts James Worthy and Dave Miller.
Rambis is best known as an integral part of four Lakers championship teams (1982, '85, '87 and '88) who did much of the dirty work for Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.
As a graduate of Santa Clara University, Rambis finished as the school’s second-leading rebounder and all-time leading scorer. His number 34 was retired on Dec. 29, 2008.
The New York Knicks drafted Rambis with the 58th pick in the 1980 NBA draft, but was waived and spent the year playing in Greece. He signed as a free agent with the Lakers the following year, and became a fan favorite because of his hustle and hard-nosed play. Rambis played a total of 14 NBA seasons – nine in Los Angeles – retiring after the 1995 campaign.
After his playing days, Rambis entered the coaching ranks, taking over as Lakers head coach during the 1999 lockout season after Del Harris was fired. When the team hired Phil Jackson, Rambis remained in an assistant coaching capacity from 2001 to 2004, and again from 2008-2009, helping coach the team to titles in 2002 and 2009. He also served as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons.