Lakers news: Kurt Rambis agrees to join Lakers coaching staff

Jeff Gross

The Lakers have come to an agreement with Kurt Rambis after multiple reports indicating the sides were close.

Kurt Rambis has agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff, and he took to Twitter to make the announcement himself. It had previously been reported that the Lakers had discussed bringing Rambis back to the organization, and the sides have been "close" to finalizing a deal.

Rambis had been with the Lakers staff during Las Vegas Summer League. He had been seen in the crowd with Mitch Kupchak, Mike D'Antoni and Jim Buss and had also been in the locker room after games.

Rambis was last with the franchise from 2005-2009 when he was Phil Jackson's lead assistant. Most notably he instilled the "strong side zone" defense during the 2008-2009 season. The Lakers were sixth in the league in defensive rating, giving up an average of 104.7 points per 100 possessions. He left the team in 2009 to become the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rambis joins a coaching staff with assistants Mark Madsen, Larry Lewis and Dan D'Antoni under head coach Mike D'Antoni.

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