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Kurt Rambis is a Greek-American former professional basketball player and coach who is a senior basketball adviser for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a player, he won four NBA championships while playing power forward for the Lakers.
Rambis was a key member of the Showtime era Lakers and was extremely popular for his hard-nosed blue-collar play. With his trademark black horned rim glasses, Rambis complemented the flashy Hollywood style of the Showtime era 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).
He was selected by the New York Knicks in the third round of the 1980 NBA draft, but began his career in Greece with AEK Athens before joining the Lakers. 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, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Knicks. He also won two league championships as an assistant coach with the Lakers.
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Occupation||Former basketball player, Adviser to Lakers|
Darrell Kurt Rambis was born on February 25, 1958 (age 64 years) in Terre Haute, Indiana, United States. He is the son of Mike Rambis and his family moved to Cupertino, California in his preschool years; his number is retired at Cupertino High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University, where he played from 1976 to 1980, becoming its second-leading rebounder and all-time leading scorer with 1,736 points. During his Santa Clara years, he was awarded the WCC Freshman of the Year and Conference Player of the Year as a senior. His jersey #34 was retired on December 29, 2008.
Kurt 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.
Rambis 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.
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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, he was remembered in 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 mustache and thick-rimmed black glasses, prompting Lakers announcer Chick Hearn to nickname him “Superman” (in reference to the character’s alter ego, Clark Kent). At the Lakers home arena, a “Superman” fan club (also known as Rambis youth) was formed where the courtside spectators wore glasses styled similar to the ones used by Rambis.
Lakers head coach Pat Riley once complained to a reporter “Other guys have sharp Adidas bags. Rambis’s got this black satchel, like the kind you would have a bowling ball in. And it’s, like, vinyl. He doesn’t ever bring a garment bag or a suitcase. That’s all he ever brings, could be a week.”
Rambis also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings before returning to the Lakers for the 1993–94 season. He retired as a player with the Lakers in 1995.
Kurt Rambis began working as a special assistant coach for the Lakers in 1994 but eventually returned to the active playing roster in February 1995. He was waived at the beginning of the 1995–96 season and resumed his role as an assistant.
Rambis 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 Phil Jackson was hired as head coach, Rambis served as the Lakers’ assistant general manager.
He later became an assistant coach under Jackson between 2001 and 2004, helping the Lakers reach the 2002 and the 2004 NBA Finals, with Los Angeles winning a title in the former series. He was hired again as an assistant in 2005, along with former player Brian Shaw, helping the Lakers to another pair of finals in 2008 and 2009. The Lakers won in the latter attempt.
In 2007, Kurt 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 record in two seasons with the team.
Return to the Lakers
On July 29, 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers announced they had re-hired Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach. In September 2018, Rambis rejoined the Lakers as a senior basketball adviser. Rambis has become “one of the most influential members of the organization since returning to the franchise in 2017.”
New York Knicks
On July 7, 2014, the Knicks announced they had hired Rambis to be the assistant head coach of the team under head coach Derek Fisher. On February 8, 2016, Rambis was named the interim head coach after Fisher was fired. After going 9-19 under Rambis, and finishing the season 32–50 overall, the Knicks decided to hire Jeff Hornacek as the team’s new head coach, while Rambis was retained as associate head coach. On April 12, 2018, Rambis was fired along with Hornacek, who went 60–104 over two seasons with the Knicks.
Kurt Rambis also had a recurring role as Coach Cleary in the family drama 7th Heaven. He also guest-starred in season one of Sweet Valley High in episode thirteen “Club X” as a friend of Elizabeth and in an episode of The Commish as a basketball player. He appeared in the “Going Places” episode (as himself) of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Rambis also made a cameo appearance in an episode of Malcolm & Eddie.
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Rambis is mentioned in the songs “Blao!” by rapper Hot Karl, “Mayor” by Pac Div, and “Kurt Rambis” by Sean Price. “Blao!”, which was featured on NBA Live 2003, has a lyric that states, “I’m wearing the goggles that Kurt Rambis used to sport”. “Mayor”, contains the lyrics of, “Your boy hustle hard like Rambis for the Lakers.”
Kurt Rambis is married to Linda Rambis, they had their wedding in 1985. His wife Linda Rambis, serves as the Lakers Executive Director of Special Projects and is one of Jeanie Buss’s longtime friends. Alongside Rob Pelinka, the couple has been described as “a pillar of the club’s four-pronged brain trust alongside Jeanie Buss.” Rambis and his wife have three children: Jordan Rambis, Ali Rambis, and Jesse Rambis.
Kurt Rambis net worth
How much is Kurt Rambis worth? Kurt Rambis net worth is estimated at around $8 million. His main source of income is from his career as a former professional basketball player and basketball adviser. Rambis successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential basketball coaches in the United States.