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Knicks hire Rambis as associate coach

Posted at | Updated as of 07/08/14 9:54 PM

NEW YORK - Kurt Rambis, who served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles, has been hired as an associate head coach with the New York Knicks.

New York club president Jackson hired Rambis to help new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher make the move from star player to the coaching ranks.

"Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court," said Jackson. "The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game."

Fisher retired after the end of the 2013-14 season and took the Knicks coaching job last month.

"Kurt is exactly the type of person we want in our organization to help develop our culture of success," said Fisher. "His vast knowledge and experience as a championship player and coach are traits that we embrace adding to our staff."

Rambis has been a part of eight NBA championship teams as either a player, assistant coach or advisor/assistant general manager. He joins the Knicks after completing his third stint as an assistant coach with the Lakers last year.

Rambis won four NBA titles as a player with the Lakers in a seven-year period from 1982.

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