Rambis should add some grit to the Wolves. That was his specialty as a player, when the bespectacled, wild-haired hustler would ignite fans at the old Forum by diving for loose balls, throwing an elbow or two to get position in the post and grabbing rebounds to start the famed Showtime fast break.
In a curious twist, Rambis feuded with McHale when the latter played for the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. McHale's clothesline of Rambis in the 1984 NBA finals is an enduring image from one of basketball's great rivalries.
Rambis' standing was no doubt bolstered by his ties to Phil Jackson, who has won more NBA titles than any other coach. Rambis was the team's top defensive strategist during last season's run to the title and was able to watch how Jackson handled players and media.
Jackson turns 64 next month and has gotten a clean bill of health. Last season, he was troubled by pain and swelling in his lower legs. He has had two hip replacements since 2006 and uses a cane at times. He also had an angioplasty in 2003.