Lakers news: Kurt Rambis 'close' to joining Lakers coaching staff, according to report

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Lakers are close to bringing a familiar face back to the sidelines.

Kurt Rambis is close to joining the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach under Mike D'Antoni, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Rambis has been at summer league and has been seen sitting Dan D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and Mike D'Antoni.

Photo evidence you say? Here's a picture from Las Vegas Summer League.

When asked about his status in joining the Lakers coaching staff on Sunday, Rambis looked over both of his shoulders, laughed and replied no. However, he was with the team in the locker room after the Lakers 77-65 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Rambis was a lead assistant under Phil Jackson. He was a key in the Lakers adjusting their defensive philosophies after the 2008 NBA Finals. He is currently featured on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet's Lakers coverage, providing pre-game, halftime and post-game analysis.

Rambis would join Mark Madsen as a new addition to D'Antoni's coaching staff.

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