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Lakers 'close' to hiring Kurt Rambis

Updated: July 17, 2013, 2:35 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Lakers are "close" to hiring Kurt Rambis for their coaching staff, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Rambis, an ESPN analyst, has been an assistant coach with the Lakers on and off between 1999 and 2009; he was the lead assistant from 2001-04 and 2005-09. He has eight championship rings as a player, coach and front office executive.

In 2009, he left to become coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was fired after just two seasons with ...

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