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Los Angeles Lakers favourite Kurt Rambis has returned to the franchise as an assistant under head coach Mike D'Antoni. 

55-year-old Rambis is adored by fans at the Staples Center as a respected member of the formidable Lakers teams that won four NBA titles during the 1980s. 

Following his retirement from playing, Rambis later became assistant coach in LA in 1994 and even had a brief stint as head coach during the 1998-99 season. 

In addition to Rambis, D'Antoni has also secured the services of former Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors assistant coach, Johnny Davis. 

Davis, who won an NBA title himself during his spell with the Portland Trailblazers before officially retiring from the court in 1986, has also got head coach experience after spells in charge at the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic. 

"Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he bring to the table will be invaluable to us."

The Lakers endured a desperately disappointing 2012/13 campaign, as a  series of injuries to key personnel totally de-railed any hope of a genuine bid for another NBA title. 

After Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard had all spent significant time on the treatment table, the Lakers eventually finished 7th in the Western Conference standings and went on to suffer a humbling 4-0 series defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. 

The coming season is not expected to provide much relief to a Lakers fanbase which has become accustomed to Championship success, however, with Howard having opted to leave California after just one season in order to move to the Houston Rockets. 

Max offer for Howard aside, Kupchak and the rest of the Lakers front office have been particularly frugal with their cap space this summer and are believed to be targeting the 2014 free agency period as the time to make significant additions to the roster. 

 

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