Hired The Los Angeles Lakers said Monday they have hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistants for coach Mike D’Antoni. Rambis starred for the Lakers during the “Showtime” era and has been with the team off and on, either in the front office or on the bench, for the past two decades. He served as an assistant coach from 1994-99, 2001-04 and from 2005-09, helping to guide the team to two NBA titles. He took over as head coach during the 1998-99 season and went 24-13. Rambis was head coach at Minnesota from 2009-11 before serving as a TV analyst. Davis is a former head coach in Orlando and Philadelphia who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Toronto.
Signed The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round pick Shane Larkin, who is likely out until training camp in October with a broken right ankle. Larkin is slotted to make $1.28 million in the point guard’s first season under the rookie salary scale. The Mavericks traded down twice in the draft and ended up with the rights to Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. He was taken 18th by Atlanta.
• The Houston Rockets signed veteran free agent center Marcus Camby. It is the second stint for Camby in Houston after he played for the Rockets in 2012. The 39-year-old played 19 games for Houston that season and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.53 blocks. He appeared in 24 games for the Knicks last season.
• The Winnipeg Jets signed defenseman Zach Bogosian to a seven-year, $36-million contract. The 23-year-old Bogosian has totaled 34 goals and 69 assists in 297 games, all with the Jets franchise – dating back to the team’s days as the Atlanta Thrashers. Bogosian was invited to U.S. Olympic orientation camp that will take place next month.
Injured U.S. national team member Stuart Holden has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, yet another major knee injury for the unlucky midfielder. Holden was hurt early in the Americans’ 1-0 win over Panama in the Gold Cup final on Sunday. He will consult with the medical staffs of U.S. Soccer and of the Bolton Wanderers, his England-based club, to prepare a treatment plan.
Surrendered New Orleans police say unrestricted NBA free agent Daniel Gibson has turned himself in to face a second-degree battery charge. Police spokeswoman Remi Braden says he’s accused of breaking another man’s jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub about 5:15 a.m. on July 8. Online court records show he was released on $20,000 bond. Spears wasn’t immediately available for comment. Gibson played seven years for the Cleveland Cavaliers but was out with injuries much of last season.
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