Report: Kurt Rambis in negotiations to stay with Knicks as assistant coach

Associated Press

Phil Jackson is still going to have his man in the locker room.

Newly hired Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek met with Kurt Rambis and will add the Knicks former interim coach — the guy Jackson wanted to have Hornacek’s job — to his coaching staff. Ian Begley of ESPN has the details.

The New York Knicks are in negotiations with Kurt Rambis on a new contract for a position on Jeff Hornacek’s coaching staff, league sources told ESPN…

Sources say Hornacek ultimately made the decision to hire Rambis. “Nothing is being forced down Jeff’s neck,” one source with knowledge of the dynamic said, in reference to the idea that team president Phil Jackson would force Hornacek to hire Rambis. Sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Hornacek had initially discussed the job with Rambis a few weeks ago, but Rambis did not immediately accept, telling Hornacek he should take time to really think through his staff and what he needed before making this decision.

This hire is not entirely out of left field, Hornacek and Rambis were teammates on the Suns 25 years ago and have a long-standing relationship. And I have no doubt if Hornacek had pushed back Rambis would be either in another city or the Knicks front office with Jackson.

Still, it seems a bit of an awkward dynamic. Rambis preached the triangle for Jackson, and while Hornacek has said he will run principles of the offense, he is going to want to run and do different things as well. They seem to have different approaches to the game, but that can be a healthy dynamic on a staff if everyone stays in their lane.