Old friend Rambis returns to Lakers as senior advisor

After four years with the Knicks, Kurt Rambis has returned to the Lakers in a front-office position.

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired former NBA coach and Showtime-era forward Kurt Rambis as a senior adviser, the team announced in a news release.

Rambis was a valued teammate of current Lakers president Magic Johnson during LA’s championship run of the 1980s.

“As a member of the Showtime Lakers, Kurt is a champion and knows how to win,” Johnson said. “He has been an integral part of the Lakers organization winning four NBA championships as a player and an additional four as a part of the staff. His insights and wide range of experiences will be a huge benefit to our operations.”

Rambis spent 16 years in various coaching and front-office roles with the Lakers from 1994-2009, then again in 2013-14. He also was head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (2009-11) and spent four seasons as associate head coach of the New York Knicks (2014-18).

“I’m happy to welcome Kurt back to the organization,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Kurt’s vast NBA experience and knowledge of the game will be a great asset to the team and I look forward to working with him again.”