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Rambis May Get Clippers’ Job

August 19, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to formally offer their head coaching spot to Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, it was reported today.

The offer could come as early as today, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources close the situation. The Times also reported that the Sacramento Kings, who fired Eddie Jordan on Tuesday, also are interested in Rambis.

``He is the hardest worker of any assistant I have ever seen,″ Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said of Rambis. ``He continues to ask questions every day, he watches tape and he is eager to learn. He had to know details (of the game) more than other players (who had more talent), and that certainly didn’t hurt him. He speaks well and, most importantly, he has been involved in a winning organization for many years.

Rambis met once with Elgin Baylor, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, this summer and had a meeting recently with team owner Donald Sterling.

As for the Kings, Jordan was fired as head coach after leading the team to a 27-55 record last season. Jordan, 43, spent seven seasons in the NBA, including 1981-82 when he and Rambis were members of a Laker team that won the NBA championship. Jordan also returned to the Lakers briefly in the 1983-84 season.

Neither Rambis nor his agent, Lon Rosen, was available for comment, the newspaper said.

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