Report: Kurt Rambis ‘beyond unpopular’ with Knicks players
Playing for the Knicks is a tremendous privilege.
Oh, right. Back to reality.
Phil Jackson infamously pushed for Rambis, who finished last season as the Knicks’ interim coach, to become the permanent head coach. Jackson eventually settled for Jeff Hornacek, who kept Rambis on staff.
Rambis’ record in New York includes stunting Kristaps Porzingis’ development, engendering little to no faith from Carmelo Anthony, sticking with a couple over-the-hill guards in a rebuilding season and liking a pornographic tweet.
But Jackson has always vouched for him. Even in his season-ending press conference, the Knicks president spoke highly of Rambis.
A disliked assistant coach isn’t great for player morale. A disliked assistant coach who’s backed firmly by the boss does quite the number on it.