Kurt Rambis was named the ninth head coach in Minnesota Timberwolves history on Aug. 10, 2009.
“I feel that in Kurt Rambis we have found the best person to lead and develop our young team as head coach,"
said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Kurt is talented and hard-working, and his
many years in the NBA as a player, administrator and coach have prepared him well for this opportunity."
Rambis, 51, will join the Wolves after serving as an assistant coach on Phil Jackson`s Los Angeles Lakers staff
for seven seasons (2001-04, 2005-09). As an assistant, Rambis helped guide the Los Angeles to four NBA Finals
appearances (2002, 2004, 2008, 2009), with the Lakers winning the NBA Championship in 2002 and 2009.
Rambis also served as an assistant coach on Del Harris` staff from 1994-98. Twelve games into the 1998-99 season,
Rambis took over as the Lakers` interim head coach. He tied an NBA record with nine consecutive victories to
start his head coaching career and compiled a 24-13 overall record, leading the team to the Western Conference
Rambis also served in the Lakers` front office in three different capacities. He served as advisor and assistant
general manager from 1999-2001, and held the title of Vice President of Business and Basketball Integration during
the 2004-05 season before rejoining Jackson`s coaching staff midway through the campaign.
As a player, Rambis played 14 seasons in the NBA (1981-95), including nine seasons with the Los Angeles
Lakers (1981-88, 1993-95), as well as stops in Charlotte, Phoenix and Sacramento. A member of the Los Angeles
Lakers during the team`s "Showtime" era, Rambis helped the club win four NBA titles (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).
For his career, Rambis averaged 5.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 880 games. His best season, statistically, was
1988-89 with the expansion Charlotte Hornets when he averaged career highs with 11.1 points and 9.4 rebounds.
The Cupertino, Calif., native attended Santa Clara University (1976-80), and earned his degree in psychology.
Rambis still ranks first in points (1,735) and second in rebounds (1,037) for the Broncos. He earned West Coast
Athletic Conference (WCAC) Freshman of the Years honors and was named the WCAC Player of the Year following his
Rambis and his wife Linda have three children: Jesse, Jordan and Ali.