It is now being widely reported that former Laker playing legend and current Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis is no longer a candidate for the 76ers head coaching position.
According to the Daily News and the Inquire as well as ESPN.com, sources have said that last night,
“the Sixers have informed the longtime Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach that they are going in another direction in their search…”
Rambis was one of the potential candidates Sixers GM Ed Stefanski met with in Cali last week.
Phil Jasner of the DNL is also reporting that,
“Two other sources indicated that the Sixers have been in touch with a representative for Avery Johnson, the former Dallas Mavericks coach currently working as a studio analyst for ESPN. One source said ”the timing isn’t right” for Johnson; the other source suggested that Johnson didn’t seem interested in being part of a wide-ranging search. Johnson had been working with agent Tyler Glass, but is now being advised by a consultant.”
Two notes of our own here: 1) How low must Rambis feel in being the first candidate eliminated from a job search in which the interview pool that is growing every day? Was there really a need to eliminate anyone at this point? Couldn’t Ed have waited at least until he interviewed everyone to eliminate Rambis or any other candidate for that matter? Talk about disrespecting a man. (2) It would have been interesting to see how Sixers fans received the former Lakers forward who was despised by Philly fans during the Sixers “modern glory days” of the 1980’s. We think initially, Rambis would have gotten killed by Wachovia Center crowds, but eventually Philadunkia nation would have warmed to him. Guess we’ll never know for sure.