Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis has interviewed with the Philadelphia 76ers for their head-coaching vacancy.
Rambis, 51, met with 76ers President Ed Stefanski at a hotel in Los Angeles on Monday. The Lakers gave the 76ers permission to speak with Rambis.
"I met with Ed and I thought the meeting went well," Rambis said. "Beyond that, I have no further comment. Right now, I'm focusing on helping the Lakers defeat the Nuggets."
The 76ers fired Maurice Cheeks about one-third of the way into the season and went with assistant general manager Tony DiLeo. He guided them to a 41-41 record but they fell easily to Orlando in the first round.
The 76ers have some intriguing talent — Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young — but the big conundrum was they played worse when big money free agent Elton Brand was in the lineup. They also have to decide whether to try to bring free agent point guard Andre Miller back (if he is willing).
Rambis, who has sat at the master of melding personalities and player styles for the last decade, will need to convince Philadelphia brass that he has learned the lessons and can bring them East. But even if he does, getting the 76ers to the level that Cleveland and Orlando will be at for the next several years will be a big challenge. No matter who gets the job.