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Lakers add Rambis, Davis to staff

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The Los Angeles Lakers hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches, the team announced Monday.

They join the Lakers coaching staff headed by Mike D'Antoni. The staff also includes Dan D'Antoni, Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis.

"Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team," Mike D'Antoni said in a statement. "Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff.

"Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us."

Rambis served three stints with the Lakers starting as an assistant coach starting in 1994. He took over as head coach 13 games into the 1998-99 season. He was an advisor and assistant general manager from 1999-2001, and vice President of business and basketball integration during the 2004-05 season. Rambis was also an assistant coach with the Lakers from 2001-09.

He was the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach from 2009-11.

As a player, Rambis helped the Lakers win NBA titles in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.

Last season, Rambis was an analyst for ESPN and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

Davis spent two seasons as head coach of the Orlando Magic (2003-05). He was also an assistant coach from 1990-2003 with the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets, and 2005-13 with the Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies an Toronto Raptors.

He spent a decade in the NBA as a player for the Trail Blazers, Pacers, Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers (1976-86).
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