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Rambis: Lakers Need to be Better on Defense
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 2, 2013 @ 3:55 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Newly hired Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis isn’t coming to the Lakers to be a “yes man” to D’Antoni. He hopes to challenge him constructively, which he sees as the role of an assistant coach.
“We as a coaching staff have to continue to challenge each other [with] different ideas,” he said. “I believe Mike feels the same way — if you hire assistants that think exactly the way that you do, you really don’t need the assistant.”
Working on Phil Jackson’s staff, Rambis was primarily responsible for defense. He hopes to have a positive influence on that side of the ball under D’Antoni.
“In talking with Mike, he knows that that’s kind of my focal point,” said Rambis. “Last year, it was almost as if they were trying to out-score their opponent rather than try to win the battle at both ends of the court. In order to give this team a great chance to win they’re got to figure out how to be productive at both ends. That’s going to be our challenge, is to make it a good team defensive team. Even if you had Metta and you had Dwight on your team, you saw from last year … it still doesn’t mean the defense is any good, just because you’ve got a couple of good defensive guys out there. It all comes down to five guys who are willing to make those sacrifices.”
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