Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Rambis is finally let go

Published on July 13, 2011 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

We all knew this was going to happen months ago, but the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally fired head coach Kurt Rambis. For whatever reason David Kahn head of basketball operations for the Timberwolves waited until yesterday to fire Rambis, when he talked about doing it months ago, that’s why the Timberwolves are the joke of the NBA. This was a very awkward situation for everyone involved, Kahn took a lot of heat for his decision. The team took a lot of criticism nationally, and watched other top coaching candidates go elsewhere. Why does it take a team 3 months after the season to fire a coach?

On paper Rambis really deserved to be fired he was just 32 and 132 in his two seasons as head coach of the Timberwolves; including just a 17 and 65 record this past season.

I don’t care who the head coach was; the Timberwolves weren’t going to have a winning record; you could have put Phil Jackson behind the bench and they still weren’t going to have a winning record. Kahn didn’t get the players for Rambis; I think Kahn should also get a lot of blame.

Rambis worked under Phil Jackson forever, where he learned the triangle offense. Kahn didn’t get him players that fit his system. These are the players he had to work with in his 2 years as head coach; none of these players are household names or fit in the triangle offense.

Point Guards: Ramon Sessions, Jonny Flynn,Luke Ridnour, Sebastian Telfair

Shooting Guards: Corey Brewer and Ryan Gomes Wayne Ellington

Small Forwards: Martell Webster Wesely Johnson

Power Forwards: Kevin Love Micheal Beasley

Center: Darko Milicic Anthony Tolliver Al Jefferson Ryan Hollins

Of all those names only Kevin Love and Al Jefferson would be starters on most other NBA teams. Just goes to show you the talent level Kahn brought in. Jefferson was traded by Kahn to the Utah Jazz also.

Kahn was hired in May of 2009, and Rambis was hired in August of 2009, during that time Kahn made 5 trades involving 17 players, and had 4 first round picks in the 2009 draft. Clearly none of these moves paid off for the Timberwolves. This is on the Kahn making the moves not the head coach. I think Kahn should have been fired also.

The Timberwolves best player Kevin Love’s thoughts on the firing.

Rambis was put in limbo for a while by our front office,” Love told CBSSports.com. “They took their time and weighted all their options. Kurt’s going to find another opportunity. He’s going to get another job soon.”

“I want to have a great relationship with whoever coaches the Timberwolves or whoever coaches me throughout my career.”

Love also did a radio interview with Scott Van Pelt.

I feel bad whoever the next head coach is because they won’t have the players on the roster to win. In the NBA players win games not coaches. Someone should tell Kahn that.


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