DARRELL KURT RAMBIS (born February 25, 1958) is an American basketball associate head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A former player, he won four NBA championships while playing power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers .
Rambis played college basketball for the Santa Clara Broncos . As a senior in 1980, he was named the player of the year in the West Coast Conference (WCC). Rambis was selected by the Knicks in the third round of the 1980 NBA draft , but began his career in Greece with AEK Athens . He joined the Lakers and won four championships during their Showtime era . He also played for the Charlotte Hornets , Phoenix Suns , and Sacramento Kings . Rambis became a coach, and has served as head coach for the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves and the Knicks.
* 1 Biography * 2 Playing career
* 3 Coaching career
* 4 Outside basketball * 5 Head coaching record * 6 References * 7 External links
Rambis was born in
Terre Haute, Indiana
Rambis was drafted by the New York Knicks as the 58th pick in the 1980 NBA draft , but he was subsequently waived by the Knicks. He played in Greece in the Greek League for the club AEK Athens , under the name Kyriakos Rambidis. Being of Greek descent, he also acquired Greek citizenship. AEK won the Greek Cup in 1981.
He was re-signed by the Knicks in 1981 but never played a game for them. His success as an NBA player started when he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1981. Rambis spent most of his 14 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, winning championships in 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988 as part of their Showtime teams . Rambis also played for the Charlotte Hornets , Phoenix Suns , and Sacramento Kings before returning to the Lakers in 1993.
During his playing days, Rambis was a favorite among the Lakers fans
because of his status as an overachieving underdog and ultimate
team-player. Known for his defensive and rebounding skills, Rambis
also was an efficient clean-up man on offense, with his field goal
percentage reaching 59.5 percent at the peak of his career. He was
remembered in both Santa Clara and Los Angeles for his all-out effort
and willingness to do the "dirty work" that many players do not
embrace. Rambis usually wore a thick moustache and thick-rimmed black
glasses , prompting Lakers announcer
Chick Hearn to nickname him
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (1994–2009)
Rambis began working as a special assistant coach for the Lakers in
1994, but eventually returned to the active playing roster. He was
waived at the beginning of the 1995–96 season, and resumed his role
as an assistant. He served as head coach of the Lakers during the
1999 "lockout season" after coach
Del Harris was fired. He achieved
moderate success, registering a 24–13 record in the regular season
before being swept by the
San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 Western
Conference Semifinals. When
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (2009–2011)
In 2007, Rambis interviewed for the Sacramento Kings ' coaching job. He was a finalist again in 2009 to coach the Kings, and after serious discussions, he was offered the job, but he wanted more than a two-year contract and more money than was offered, so he turned down the job.
On August 8, 2009, Rambis was announced as the new head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves , agreeing to a contract believed to be for 4 years and worth $8 million. Rambis succeeded Kevin McHale , infamous for taking him down in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals .
On July 12, 2011, Rambis was fired as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves after compiling a 32–132 recor