Kurt Rambis

Seasons

Season G PPG RPG NBA
Title
1981-82 (#31) 64 4.6 5.4
1982-83 78 7.5 6.8
1983-84 47 3.6 5.7
1984-85 82 5.2 6.4
1985-86 74 5.5 7
1986-87 78 5.7 5.8
1987-88 70 4 3.8
1993-94 (#18) 50 3.3 3.8
1994-95 26 1.7 1.3

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Forward, #18 (also wore #31 )

Coached one season

 

Rambis spent nine of his 14 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, from 1981-88 and 1993-95. He won four championships (1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988) with the team during the "Showtime" era, and was known as the ultimate blue-collar player, praised by his teammates and fans for his unselfish play and defensive capabilities. During the 1984-85 season, Rambis was ranked fifth in the league for his defense. He is ranked 30th in NBA history for all-time career offensive rebound percentage.

Beloved Lakers announcer Chick Hearn nicknamed Rambis "Superman," in reference to Clark Kent, because Rambis donned black goggles during games.

He retired in 1995 with 5,322 career points, 5,725 rebounds, 524 blocks and 846 steals. He went on to become an assistant coach for the Lakers, working alongside Phil Jackson from 2001-04 and 2005-09. He was considered a defensive specialist, and helped the Lakers win championships in 2002 and 2009. He was hired as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Aug. 10, 2009.

— Melissa Rohlin
Feb. 12, 2011