Lakers interview Kurt Rambis for coaching vacancy

Former Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis has interviewed for the team's vacant head coaching position.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers continue interviewing players and coaches from their past, meeting with Kurt Rambis for their coaching vacancy.

Rambis, 56, was an assistant last season under Mike D’Antoni, who resigned from the team four weeks ago.

The Lakers have now interviewed Rambis, Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy, and plan to meet with Alvin Gentry on Wednesday and Lionel Hollins on Thursday.


The team remains on a slow march toward a replacement for D’Antoni and might eventually sit down with about 10 candidates.

They are curious to see if Derek Fisher might be a good fit as a coach but don’t plan on talking with him until Oklahoma City’s playoff run ends.

Rambis was an assistant with the Lakers from 1994-98, becoming their interim head coach 12 games into the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. He later became an assistant coach with Phil Jackson for seven seasons with the Lakers and the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons before returning to the Lakers a year ago.

Lakers players enjoyed working with Rambis last season and he was often seen talking with them on the court an hour before games and long after practices. Rambis is a disciple of Jackson’s triangle system and would run more of a traditional halfcourt offense compared to D’Antoni’s small-ball scheme.