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Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Posted on: August 6, 2009 11:30 am
Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis has traveled to Minnesota to meet for a third time with Timberwolves officials about the team's long-vacant head coaching job. A person with direct knowledge of the talks confirmed that Rambis has emerged as the favorite to succeed Kevin McHale and is awaiting a formal contract proposal.

The T-Wolves, led by new GM David Kahn, have undertaken a thorough and painstaking process to name a replacement for McHale, who left the organization amid disagreements with Kahn about how to remake the roster. Kahn interviewed a laundry list of current assistant coaches for the job, illustrating the T-Wolves' unsurprising efforts to minimize the cost of a head coaching hire. The list was recently narrowed to three candidates: Rambis, ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson, and Rockets assistant Elston Turner.

Minnesota's coaching search has been sidetracked this summer by Kahn's efforts to broker a buyout with No. 5 overall pick Ricky Rubio's Spanish team, DKV Joventut. Kahn and T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor met with Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, last month at Las Vegas Summer League, and Kahn also traveled to Spain in an effort to broker a deal. While Fegan attempts to secure endorsement deals for Rubio that would help fund his buyout -- the T-Wolves can contribute only $500,000 under NBA rules -- Joventut reportedly is weighing whether to accept a buyout or sell his contract to another European team, which could be more lucrative.

Rambis, who helped coach the Lakers to their 15th NBA title in June, has emerged as the favorite partly due to Fegan's fondness for him -- the theory being that hiring a coach Rubio finds acceptable would enhance the chances of the 18-year-old point guard reporting to Minnesota rather than continuing to play overseas.

Rambis going to Minnesota would essentially clear a path for Lakers assistant Brian Shaw to become Phil Jackson's right-hand man on the Lakers' bench and eventually succeed Jackson when he retires.


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 10:57 am

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Yes it was typical Kings.  What is really funny about the Kings is how they want the success of and glitz of the Lakers, but don't want to man-up and do the things they need to do to get it.  They are trying so hard to bring back the glory years of earlier this decade.  The thing is, the West is so loaded that the Kings are fighting just to be the best 8-10th team.  That's really stretching it.  Rambis is an intelligent bulldog type of coach.  Earlier in his coaching career he could only coach work ethic and defense.  Now with his experience on Phil's bench he has the X's and O's to go with it.  He's better than Westphal any day of the week.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:34 am

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

I hope Kurt is selected as the coach of the T-Wolves. They are a young team with a little talent, aboard. Kurt would have to develop a system based on the talent he has or he could use the triangle or a variation of the triangle that will fit his teams talent and ability until he get the type of players he want and need to be a successful coach in any professional team and is able to come up with a system that work.

I will miss him sitting on the Laker bench and it would seem odd if he is sitting on the bench of an opposing team when they come to Staples. it is like seeing Byron Scott in a sitting on the Net's bench and even worse now seeing him on the Horner bench as we play them more than we did the Nets.

Rambis did lead the Lakers for a brief spell before Phil was rehired. I think he had a 24-14 record or somewhere there about. Even though it was for only 1/3rd of a season he does come in with a little experience.

I think that he and Brian Shaw would have had to be given consideration for the head coach of the Lakers if and when Phil decide to hang up his spurs.

If Mitch is not gonna give either one of these coaches I think he would then covet Byron Scott of the Hornets, I know that Magic would be pulling for him. I think Mitch is impressed with the triangle and will try and keep either Brian Shaw or Kurt if he turn down the T-Wolves position.

What ever Kurt decide to do I am behind him 100% and wish him well.


Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:02 am

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Rambis is the only coach that could withstand a 60-loss season of the three, Jackson and Turner could potentially be fired for such a season. So why hire a guy that you could potentially fire after one bad season? Rambis' system might take a little while to get rolling but you know that he has learned from the best and was always a smart player that made up for his physical limitations (and dorky glasses) with concentrated effort.

The other two have no head coaching experience at the NBA level. Oh wait, Mark Jackson has NO coaching experience period. why is he still being mentioned for jobs??? He needs to hop on a staff no matter what and get ANY coaching experience he can before being considered a serious candidate. Being a condescending analyst isn't considered experience.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2009 9:40 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Rambis was a hard nose player whom knew his role and did not try to do what he was unable to do. He was a very important part of the Laker's championship teams. A lot of the times, former players like him are good at relations with today's players, seeing the pros and cons of a player's abilities and make a prety good coach. The Timberwolves have a ways to go and the return of Al Jefferson will have a huge influence on the ability of Minnesota to move up in the Western Division. Rubio is a project, and drafting him, not knowing whether he is signable or not was a huge risk bey the talent-lacking team. I really doubt Foyle being worth the player giving up for him in the stupid trade. At best, Minnesota, is 3 years away from being a factor in their division, and that is giving them the benefit of the doubt of Jefferson returning to the player that he was, the players now developing and growing as expected, no more stupid Mchale's decisions, and good draft picks and free agent signings. Still some lean times fro the Timberwolve's fans in the near future, even in signing the perfect coach for their team.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2009 8:34 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

That was back in the day when the NBA wasn't filled with wusses in on the court and in management. The days of Drysdale, Gibson and Ryan drilling you just because...and you didn't whine like a crybaby about it. Oh for those days again!

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2009 6:45 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Having worked under a very succesful coach in Phil Jackson, this would be a fantastic fir for a very young team that wll need lots of structure and coaching.  The biggest thing would be for the front office to be patient in letting Rambis do his thing.  This team will hit the court this fall with an almost entirely new roster that is very young.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2009 6:45 pm

'Ramb'uncious Effort

Kurt Rambis is certainly an outstanding choice to lead and attempt to right a Timberwolves team that had been dissapointing under the former McHale regime.

Kurt was a banger as a player, earning  anything he could during a journeyman career. As with the catcher in Major League Baseball, someone who surveys all on-field scenarios and controls them, Kurt was able to examine the machinations of the game even as he was firmly ensconsed on the bench. MLB is well represented by these backstops that manage their '25's' now.

Defense will be stressed and respect among the ranks is a given what with the blue collar ethic that Rambis will infuse. Studying under Phil Jackson certainly earns him an advanced degree that will serve him well.

Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 5:46 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

This would be a smart move by the Timberwolves!  Rambis is a coveted coach who needs to start his coaching career.  What better place to start than with all the young talent in Minnesota.  Don't wait around for the Lakers job.  Take it now!

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2009 3:46 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Does anyone else see the delicious irony of Kurt Rambis replacing Kevin McHale at Minnesota?  Remember how McHale clotheslined Kurt in Game 4 of the 1984 Finals on about the dirtiest play I've ever seen?  Bad Karma, Kevin, now you get your comeuppance!!!  LMAO.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 3:27 pm

Rambis favorite for T-Wolves job

Rambis will bring some sort of structure defensively to this team.  The Lakers are a championship team and the man is a part of that.  Still I hope he gets a four or five year deal because they need to develope a PG, an offensive set, a defensive set, and  team chemistry. That takes time. However, much like he was as a player, I feel he will put all his energy in and demand the same from his players.  Good Luck Rambis. 

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