According to the LA Times, Rambis and Stefanski met “secretly” (our wording not the LA Times) on Monday at a hotel to discuss the Sixers vacant head coaching position. The Lakers gave the 76ers permission to speak with Rambis which seemed odd to us given that the Lakers were preparing to play Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against Denver on Tuesday night.
Rambis, the former goggle wearing Laker legend is in his 10th season as a Lakers assistant. Rambis was the Lakers’ head coach for part of the lockout-shortened 1999 season and put together a 24-13 record. He has filled in for Phil Jackson on a couple of occasions while the Lakers’ coach was absent for medical reasons.
Rambis had the following to say to the LA Times regarding the meeting…”I met with Ed and I thought the meeting went well,” Rambis said. “Beyond that, I have no further comment. Right now, I’m focusing on helping the Lakers defeat the Nuggets.”
Dwane Casey also met with Stefanski while he was in the Los Angeles area. Casey, 52, spent this season on Rick Carlisle’s staff in Dallas. Prior to his time in Big D, Casey was named head coach of the Timberwolves on June 17, 2005. He was relieved of his coaching duties on Jan. 25, 2007 while in playoff contention with a 20-20 record. In Minnesota, his only stint as an NBA head coach, he earned a 53-69 record (.434%). Casey began his NBA coaching career as an assistant for the Sonics, where he served for 11 seasons (starting in 1994-95). He joined the Sonics for the 1994-95 season after spending five years as a head coach in Japan.
As we all know, the Sixers already interviewed former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. They are set to interview Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau. No date has been announced for Thibodeau’s interview. Either this is the most wide open head coach search in the history of the NBA or Stefanski already knows who his man will be and all of this interviewing is simply a great smoke screen.