Los Angeles Lakers fans love a good conspiracy, and they love them some Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson loves Kurt Rambis, the Lakers’ newest assistant coach, a man that preceded Jackson as Lakers coach in 1999 and worked under Phil as an assistant for years following. The Jackson family (included fiancée Jeannie Buss) and the Rambis family are also especially tight. Conspiracy, theorized. Sorry, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Jackson and Rambis are also quite tight, and fond of, the triple-post (triangle) offense, which both Jackson and Rambis have utilized as head coaches to varying degrees of success. While the triangle doesn’t exclusively have to be one of the league’s slowest offenses, it does fly in the face of the open-court work D’Antoni has attempted to push (again, to varying degrees of success) as head coach in Denver, Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles.
So when Rambis gives an interview with the Los Angeles Times that centers around his thoughts about the Lakers’ inability to run as the team’s aging roster heads into 2013-14, all the pretty purple and gold flags went right up. Rambis is buttering Laker Nation up for a return to Phil-dom, while undercutting his fast break-happy boss in the process!
Or, maybe not. From a chat with the Times’ Eric Pincus:
"The [Lakers] still have big people and I think you have to take advantage of the big people," said Rambis in a phone interview with The Times on Thursday. "You can't ignore them because they are an asset to your offense.”
"You need guys that can really get out and fill the wings because that pushes the defense down," said Rambis. "That's not necessarily the way that you would look at this team and describe them. You might say that with Nick Young, but it's not necessarily Kobe's forte nor was it Metta World Peace's forte last year."
Rambis further elucidated, quoted as mentioning that “it remains to be seen” whether or not Steve Nash can return to act as the sort of all-out transition demon that he made his hay as in pairing with D’Antoni some nine years ago. Kurt would be correct, in that regard.
The rest of the regards? Kind of fishy.
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