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May 26, 1986
The last time Boston and Houston met in the NBA finals, in 1980-81, the Celtics won in six games. The Most Valuable Player was Cedric Maxwell of the Celtics. Maxwell, now of the Clippers, thinks it could be tougher for the Celtics this time. He told the Denver Post that Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson present unique problems for Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Asked if Parish could keep up with Olajuwon for an entire game, Maxwell said: "I don't think so. Robert is not part zebra.
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September 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers may be fictionalized. According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com , television network Showtime is "developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it. " Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis are behind the project through their production company, Street Reason Entertainment.  Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and current assistant coach Kurt Rambis will also reportedly be...
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March 12, 1986 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
With only 17 games left in the regular season, the Lakers are finally close enough that the end is actually in sight. And what will they see then? "The playoffs, and we're gearing our car up for them right now," Magic Johnson said. "We're like tuning up now so we can be hot and come out smoking." For at least one night, smoking was allowed in the Forum. Caught in the Laker exhaust Tuesday night were the Clippers, whose slim playoff chances became even smaller in a hurry.
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August 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis hopes to help improve the team's defense, but he also had some thoughts to share on the offense. "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. " The Lakers lost Dwight Howard in free agency but the team still has Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill, along with free-agent acquisition Chris Kaman.
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March 2, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Kurt Rambis, an assistant under Del Harris for five-plus seasons until Harris was fired and Rambis elevated to Laker head coach, said he has tried to reach Harris since the firing, to no avail. "I got an answering machine and the next time it just kept ringing," Rambis said Monday. "So I don't know what the story is. "I just wanted to say a few things to him. I know it was hard for him to get fired and it's just tough to be in that situation.
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April 4, 2002 | Tim Brown
Laker assistant Kurt Rambis was taken from the floor of Continental Airlines Arena on a stretcher after suffering a deep cut on his lower leg before Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Nets. He was treated at Meadowlands Hospital and released in time to join the team as it flew to Boston, where it plays Friday. Rambis, as is his near daily ritual, was playing a game of one-on-one against Mark Madsen when he crashed into a row of chairs on the baseline.
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March 30, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Gradually and, due to the lack of practice time this season, more slowly than usual, Glen Rice and the Lakers are learning how to play together, says Coach Kurt Rambis. "We still do things wrong," Rambis said before Rice scored 24 points Monday. "We still haven't had enough practice time to really nail things down and get it perfectly straight. "But he's getting in better and better shape. There's less and less times in games that I see that he's dragging.
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July 27, 1988 | GORDON EDES
The Rambis Youth can hold off on the black armbands, at least for another day. Their hero, free-agent forward Kurt Rambis, did not sign with the expansion Charlotte Hornets Tuesday. Both sides agreed to extend a deadline imposed by Rambis' agent, Peter Johnson, after failing to reach agreement on a contract by early Tuesday evening. Charlotte General Manager Carl Scheer said talks would continue "tomorrow and however long it takes . . . It could be concluded in a phone call or 100 or never."
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May 21, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI
In the aftermath of the Game 2 defeat against San Antonio on Wednesday, Coach Kurt Rambis lamented three Laker mental miscues in the final 18 seconds that led to the Lakers lugging an 0-2 series deficit back home. First, Glen Rice went too late and too lightly on the prescribed double-team of Tim Duncan, allowing Duncan to work freely on the post against J.R. Reid. "We were supposed to come down and double-team him right away," Rambis said Thursday of the Duncan basket with 8.4 seconds left.
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May 6, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Grabbing the home-court edge against Houston in the upcoming first-round playoff matchup would just be an added bonus of the team's recent upsurge, Coach Kurt Rambis said, and not the only reason to try to knock off Portland on Wednesday. "If there is something on the line, obviously, we want to play well and win the basketball game," Rambis said before the game.
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August 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kurt Rambis has been a part of the Lakers organization for longer than he can remember. "It's been quite a few years," said Rambis to The Times in a phone interview on Thursday. Now he's back on the bench, as an assistant to Coach Mike D'Antoni. "Mike asked me if I wanted to do it.  I said absolutely," said Rambis. "I didn't say I'll get back to you in a few days.  I said absolutely, I'd love to do it. " Dating to his days as power forward for the Lakers during the "Showtime" era, Rambis has spent about 22 years with the franchise, in one capacity or another (head coach, assistant coach and front office)
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December 8, 2012
Kurt Rambis, former NBA coach and Lakers player and now an on-air analyst with ESPN and Time Warner Cable SportsNet, spoke to Times reporter Lisa Dillman about the team's poor 9-11 record. A less-than-ideal start "You can just see the weight on everybody. When the losses mounted and then in typical L.A. fashion, there were a multitude of stories that went out. It just adds to all the drama around here. But it also adds to the exposure that everybody has to live under and it all comes back to the expectation level of this team.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Kurt Rambis, now an analyst with ESPN and Time Warner Cable SportsNet, spoke with The Times about the upcoming season. In Part I of our interview, he noted that the team's offense has already started to make progress despite the 0-2 start. The Lakers used most of training camp to learn a new offense, a hybrid of Coach Mike Brown's philosophies and the Princeton offense.  Consequently, the team didn't put in nearly as much time on the defensive end. Based on their performance through two games, the Lakers are clearly behind on that end of the floor.
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October 27, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Time Warner Cable SportsNet has added Kurt Rambis to the broadcast crew for select Lakers games this season. Rambis has a rich history with the organization, as a player during the Showtime era, assistant coach and even head coach (albeit briefly). The Lakers' first official broadcast, not including preseason, will be on Oct. 30 when the Lakers visit the Portland Trail Blazers. Rambis will join "#LakeShow," in studio with Chris McGee, Andy Adler, James Worthy and Dave Miller.
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December 27, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
He thinks about it for a second, lets it roll around his mind. Josh McRoberts loves it. In his brief Lakers career, McRoberts has already carved out a section of fan-favorite status, including a nickname: McRambis. "That's a privilege and an honor to be compared to somebody like that," McRoberts said. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Jazz Kurt Rambis earned an eternal Lakers following by showing hustle, a tolerance for pain and the desire to throw a sharp elbow when necessary.
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August 26, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Kurt Rambis isn't a very good beach volleyball player. "I'm awful," he says, laughing. But the former Lakers forward and NBA coach's son, Jesse, is pretty good — a professional, even. On Friday at the Manhattan Beach Open, Jesse Rambis and his partner, Kevin Wong, the second-seeded team in the tournament, beat Travis Schoonover and Nils Nielson, 21-19, 19-21, 15-8, to advance to the third round. Wong is a Lakers fan, especially of the Showtime teams the elder Rambis played for, but Wong was pretty impressed with the junior Rambis after playing alongside him for the first time Friday.
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May 24, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Kurt Rambis came to the final postgame media conference of the season Sunday after the Lakers' Game 4 defeat to San Antonio with a tight smile, and a sarcastic wisecrack: "This is going to be fun." What's left to determine--was that the last postgame media conference, fun or otherwise, of his Laker coaching career?
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July 6, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Phil Jackson's coaching staff is becoming more clear, with Frank Hamblen and Kurt Rambis expected to fill two of the four spots reserved for assistant coaches, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Contracts have not been signed, but what was logical from the day Jackson was hired will officially take place shortly after the team's other two assistants are determined by Jackson. Candidates for those positions include Brian Shaw and Scottie Pippen, both of whom played for Jackson.
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July 12, 2011 | Wire reports
The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, ending more than three months of uncertainty and awkwardness surrounding the head coach of the worst team in the NBA last season. Rambis was 32-132 in his brief stay in Minnesota, including 17-65 last season. "People can argue about this should have happened and that should've happened, but I think collectively we felt that we were doing the right thing in terms of the way we approached it," team President David Kahn said.
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