Oscar Night giftbag: Thespians Kurt Rambis, Reggie Theus, and Bill Laimbeer

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Can you guess which of these "Sleestaks" is Bill Laimbeer?
Between Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis and assistants Reggie Theus and Bill Laimbeer, the team bench has more acting credits than wins.  

With Oscar night this Sunday, the timing would seem appropriate to recognize that, should the Wolves proceed toward another sub-20 win season, at least this crew has a fallback career path.

Rambis no doubt made some Hollywood connections during a Lakers career that spanned parts of nine seasons as a player, along with about 15 years as an L.A. assistant coach, interim head and front-office suit. He'll never be confused with Kurt Russell, but during his lengthy Lakers tenure, Rambis appeared in a variety of silver and small screen roles, many of which were "Self" credited, although some were recurring, such as his portrayal of "Coach Jason Clearly" on the long-running 7th Heaven. ‚Äč

Like the Wolves' head coach, Theus is also a California native, and while his hardwood career never came close to matching the team successes enjoyed by Rambis, he had some of his finest NBA seasons playing in Sacramento and was well-reputed for catching the eyes of ladies in the '80s. Post his playing career, he segued to a lengthy spread of television work as both a broadcaster and actor before returning to coaching at the collegiate and pro levels. Most notable of his credits is surely the co-starring role as "Coach Bill Fuller"on NBC's Saturday-morning program Hang Time.

Heck, even Laimbeer has a host of acting credits to his name. Along with a number of "Self" appearances on the big screen, he also played one of the "Sleestaks" (as "William Laimbeer") on the cult-favorite '70s series Land of the Lost

Perhaps at some stage this leadership will start acting like winning coaches. But until that hope bears fruit, let us enjoy this Oscar homage to the Wolves' starring staff and take a look back at some of their finest performances:

Rambis

Sweet Valley High episode "Club X" in 1994 as "Himself." 5:40 in:


Malcolm and Eddie episode "Trading Places" 1997 as "Matt Pelton." 50 sec in

 

Theus

Hang Time episode "Oh Captain, My Captain" as "Coach Bill Fuller," season 1

 

Hang Time episode "Let's Get Ready to Rumble", season 1. 3:00 min. in:

 

Hang Time episode "Winning Isn't Everything," season 2. 3:30 in:

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10 comments
Judd
Judd

A tiny side-note of interest that I came across this morn, just to keep all this important information together: The wife of Wolves' assistant Dave Wohl, Elena Wohl, is also an actress. Among her most recognized roles is playing the "Elaine Benes" character within a character on Seinfeld, in the episodes where they're making the Pilot of the show.

Hank5
Hank5

At least Rambis would be better host than JAmes Franco

Arrow
Arrow

Worst actor = Jonny Flynn

Judd
Judd

Perhaps Worst . . .Score?

jim
jim

juddie myles has it right but is far to kind to this mess...there was and are good reasons why most of the woofies rag tag out fit were availabe by trade or just around to be had... mystery is if kahn knows something about what he is doing...he has a knack for getting under achievers and watching them underachieve...i cannot figure out how laimbeer can stand this for a day

Judd
Judd

I think I may have seen a little blood on Bill's pocket square the other night.

Malone
Malone

I think Theus would make a good actor - he has 'the look'...I wish I could say the same for the Twolves...

myles
myles

Well Judd, I do admire your effort to extract any possible glimmer of positive news from an otherwise pretty grim season and sadly disfunctional team. Keep trying.

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

My guess would be the tall sleestak.

Judd
Judd

Yes, Laimbeer with a laser would seem an apt choice.

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