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Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:27 pm
Evidently, there is a method to David Kahn’s madness. And as always, follow the money if you want the explanation.

Kurt Rambis hasn’t coached a game for the Timberwolves in nearly three months. He will never coach a game for them again. Despite technically still being under contract, Rambis has been informed that he need not be in Minnesota for the offseason – and this was the case even before the lockout. Sources say only two members of the Wolves’ coaching staff, J.B. Bickerstaff and Darrick Martin, have been asked to come to work at the team’s offices this summer. Everyone else can, you know, go on vacation – where Rambis, in particular, won’t have to spend his days staring at the writing on the wall.

Sources have said there is no provision in Rambis’ contract that would’ve saved the Wolves money by waiting until after July 1 to officially fire him. Rambis is owed $4 million over the next two seasons regardless of when he is fired.

But as Yahoo! Sports reports, Kahn had other ideas. The possibility of offering Rambis a reassignment within the basketball operations department has been discussed internally, though it is not believed to have been formally proposed to Rambis. It is beyond question that Rambis has no desire to accept such an arrangement. Sources say the former Lakers assistant has little use for Kahn as a basketball executive, much less one that he would continue to work for after being removed as coach.

Kahn’s mishandling of Rambis’ firing – which still, inexplicably, hasn’t happened – is an embarrassment for the organization at a time when good things finally were starting to happen (Michael Beasley's citation for marijuana possession notwithstanding). Ricky Rubio is signed for next season – whenever next season is – and although Kahn had virtually nothing to do with it, it’s nonetheless an important moment for a franchise that has won a grand total of 32 games the past two seasons.

But no amount of progress could stand in the way of Kahn’s efforts to further ingratiate himself to owner Glen Taylor by proposing this insulting, cost-saving arrangement with Rambis. Business simply isn’t done this way in a reputable sports league, yet Kahn insists on penny-pinching his way into Taylor’s good graces at the expense of alienating any coaches or front-office executives who might someday be forced to work for him.

Funny, Taylor is one of the owners who are most convinced that the NBA will not have a 2011-12 season, according to sources familiar with his position on the lockout. So maybe Taylor could send Rambis overseas to scout overage potential draft picks in the meantime, instead of paying him to do something more useful – like nothing.

While we’re on the topic, sources say the Wolves expect a favorable ruling from the NBA office that they will be able to keep No. 57 pick Tanguy Nbombo despite a dispute over his age. Though information has come to light that Ngombo is 26 – and thus ineligible for the draft – sources say the Wolves have government documentation from multiple entities that Ngombo is, in fact, 21. The belief among some executives is that a team should not be punished if government documentation is inaccurate.

As for what should be done with buffoonish general managers who continue to embarrass their team and alienate colleagues and competitors with their arrogance and ineptitude? Something else to contemplate during the lockout.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:07 pm

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

What is embarassing is that Kahn thought Rambis could coach....He is terrible...i thought he learned under Jackson...Guess not....

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:22 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Bull. You didn't have the players to compete; no adequate Shooting Guard, no Center. Ridnour and Flynn as PGs. Who are you kidding? You can't coach rejects and expect to win games. This team needs talent. No coach in the league could have reeled off wins with that roster. All
you have for quality is a 'tweener named Kevin Love. One guy is not going to get you many wins. You need to let the process work by adding talent. That's your first concern. The rest is scape-goating.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:16 am

Kahn needs to step back

Much was also made of rambis' rotations? Who do you sub for on a team who has one star? Look at shooting guard. What a mess. Every
shooting guard on the team is inadequate. Rambis has had to rotate them in and out because he has no SG he can count on. The rookie they selected to overcome that problem is as bad as the others. The team has no SG or Center. To me, it's a wonder that they played so many quality teams competitively. They played the now World Champs neck-and-neck, and gave the lakers a scare, too. That has to be coaching; it certainly isn't the roster.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:08 am

Kahn needs to step back and let Rambis work

Everybody knew that Rambis stepped into a bad situation by being hired late, with a D-league team. He and Kahn scrapped the team and started over. Year two was really year one. The bloggers are to blame for being over-critical and making a big stink; they wanted instant results The team still had a chance to get 25 wins, but their arguably best player, Kevin Love, was hobbled the last 20 games with a groin injury. He tried to play with it, but the final 15 games he had to sit out. A lot was made of Rambis and Love butting heads. Didn't Kevin Love become a better player as a result? Rambis expected excellence from him and wouldn't give him minutes 'til Kevin busted his ass. Isn't that what a coach is supposed to do? get the best out of his players? Love became a star. Some say that the Wolves could have won 9 of their close games, when they were leading. The only problem with that scenario is that everyone who has actually watched the Wolves knows that the roster has no player that can close games out; Luke Ridnour did a good job running the team until the last 5 minutes, but when crunch
time came, he withered. Who do you sub for him - Jonny Flynn? Darko and Beasley were gambles. Sometimes you roll snake-eyes. No one
else was available, so what do you do? They got Beasley for next to nothing; not a bad deal. Darko seems to have some undisclosed
physical ailment. Whether the front office knew that when they gave him a contract is speculation. Some venture that he has a blood disease that exhausts him, some say that he's a chain-smoker. Whatever, he was a mistake that both Kahn and Rambis have to acknowledge. The real mistake was giving him a bigger contract than he deserved. I think his deal was a sign of desperation on the part of the Wolves. Mistakes are made - by everybody. What team doesn't have a horror story? Rambis was signed for 4 years. Give him his 4 years. The team is rebuilding. Who doesn't know that? This is what happens when you blow it up and start over. It always happens. Let
the process work itself out. Critics: get out of the way.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 8:46 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Sure Kahn built a young and so called talented team with alot of potential.(a team with Potential that looks like it will never reach its potential) But Kevin Love was drafted by Kevin Mchale. When Beasley is one of your best players(Kahn traded for him like he was the answer) your team is going no where. Plus the pieces he put together just doesnt fit together. Its a log jam at the forward spot and now they are going to try and get rid of Beasley cause Derrick Williams. Other then Love nobody else on the Wolves have good trade value.(unless you put Williams on the trade block). Signs Darko like he is a solid starting center. Not worth the contract he recieved.

Sure he picked up alot of young talented players. But he missed every draft he has been in. He could have pick up Tyreke Evans(drafted Wes johnson), Lawson, Brandon Jennings(got Flynn and Rubio). If the Cavs picked up Williams, Kahn would have drafted Irving.(another PG) I like Wes Johnson but Evans is better. Kahn should have better young talent then they have now. Dude is clueless and things will only get worst if he continues to run the show.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 8:24 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

First of all Rambis should've never been hired in the first place. He was an assistant coach for the lakers(Phil Jackson) who runs a triangle offense and the T-Wolves never had the personnel to run a triangle offense. So Kahn screwed up by hiring Rambis in the first place.

I knew that Kahn had no clue how to build a team when he drafted four guards(i repeat 4 guards 3 of them point guards) Flynn, Rubio, Lawson, and Wayne Elligton all in the first round. And to make things worst he traded away the best player(Ty Lawson) to denver. This happened in his first year as the wolves GM. Kahn has no clue how to run a team and he should be fired along with Rambis.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:51 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Ken, you are a jackass.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:54 pm

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Hey Berger...why don't you get some real facts instead of using the words "sources say".

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:14 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Yeah rambis found out it is a little easier to run the triangle with kobe, odom, gasol and bynum.  He probably had the same record in Minnesota that phil jackson would have had. Everyone is quick to knock on david kahn, but we are in much better position now than we were when he got here.  We were going nowhere, at least we have some young and exciting players again.  He established a legitimate core of rubio, wes johnson, beasley, love, and randolph, and have ridnour, webster, williams, pek, and darko coming off the bench adds much needed depth.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:10 am

Kahn's embarrassing handling of Rambis

Perhaps David Kahn should go to work for Donald Sterling.  That way, the most hated owner in the NBA can work hand in hand with the most hated GM in the NBA! 

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