Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958) is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He currently works as an assistant coach for the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks. He previously served as a head coach for the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Rambis was drafted by the New York Knicks as the 58th pick in the 1980 NBA draft, but he was subsequently waived by the Knicks. He played in Greece in the Greek League for the club AEK Athens, under the name Kyriakos Rambidis. Being of Greek descent, he also acquired Greek citizenship. AEK won the Greek Cup in 1981.
In 2007, Rambis interviewed for the Sacramento Kings coaching job. He was a finalist again in 2009 to coach the Kings, and after serious discussions, he was offered the job, but he wanted more than a two-year contract and more money than was offered, so he turned down the job.
On August 8, 2009, Rambis was announced as the new head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, agreeing to a contract believed to be worth 4 years and $8 million. Rambis succeeded Kevin McHale, infamous for taking him down in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals.
On July 12, 2011, Rambis was fired as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves after compiling a 32–132 record in two seasons with the team. On July 29, 2013, the Lakers announced they had re-hired Rambis as an assistant coach. On July 7, 2014, the Knicks announced they had hired Rambis to be the assistant head coach of the team.
Career highlights and awards
4× NBA champion (1982, 1985, 1987–1988)
Greek Cup winner (1981)
WCC Player of the Year (1980)
No. 34 retired by Santa Clara
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,603 (5.2 ppg)
Rebounds 4,961 (5.6 rpg)
Assists 931 (1.1 apg)