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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-12

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-12

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-12The Los Angeles Lakers fondly welcomed back Friday night one of their own, Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis.

Rambis was the last member of the Lakers 2008-2009 title team to receive his championship ring in a pre-game ceremony before his first game against the Lakers since he left them last summer to become the Wolves' next coach.

A video montage chronicling nearly three decades spent with the franchise declared him "Always a Laker."

He also got hugs from a procession of former players, led by Lakers forward Lamar Odom while another Staples Center sellout crowd and his own Wolves players stood and applauded.

"That's very nice," Rambis said of the reception he received. "I've had such a unique experience with this organization, as a player, a coach, in the front office. It will absolutely hard and impossible to shake that Laker out of me."

Rambis now has eight of those championship rings, all earned with the Lakers as a player, an assistant coach and a front-office executive.

"It's always good to get it," he said. "It signifies a lot. It's good to show it to my family and add it to the others in the attic somewhere."

Will he show it to his players, none of whom have come close to earning one themselves?

"Absolutely," he said. "That's what we play for, that's we fight for."

Asked if he'll get a look at the ring, Wolves center Al Jefferson said, "That doesn't really matter. One day hopefully I'll get my own ring. That's good that he's getting it. He deserves it."

LAKERS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 92: The Lakers used a 14-3 run to end the third quarter to win their 11th consecutive game, improve to a league-best 18-3 and in the process showed the young, raw Timberwolves a few things about how to run the triangle offense.

Pau Gasol surpassed Kevin Love's career-tying 19 rebounds with a career-high 20 of his own and Kobe Bryant led five Lakers in double-figures with 20 points despite playing the final three quarters with an "avulsion" fracture on his the index finger of his shooting hand.

The Wolves lost for the 20th time in their first 23 games.

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