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Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:02 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2009 11:54 am
 
THE NEW GUY
Kurt Rambis is the new head coach of the Timberwolves and I really, sincerely, hope he still wears the thick black frame glasses. Given that he's never been a head coach on the NBA level, no one short of maybe recent Lakers' players or coaches really has any idea how good he is. David Kahn certainly believes he's the best candidate. Going off his pedigree alone, Rambis looks like a good with the potential to be great hire.

First and foremost, he was a player for several years on championship contending and winning Laker teams (four championships, to be exact). He wasn't the greatest player but was good enough to stay in the league for fourteen seasons and play on teams that featured Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and James Worthy. He went on to work for the Lakers in various front office roles. Most recently, he's been an assistant under Phil Jackson for the past several years. You could argue there aren't many better people to learn from.

Maybe it's the stark contrast of this move compared to anything McHale/Taylor would have done during their reign of terror, but like the other moves made since the Kahn Era began, I'm intrigued by this one. After firing Flipnosis, McTaylor (just made that up) went to the bargain bin for their coaches. First Dwayne Casey, a nice guy but pretty much the definition of career assistant. Then Randy Wittman, literally one of the most losingest coaches in NBA history. Then Kevin McHale, which requires no elaboration whatsoever. Rambis, on the other hand, is not a bargain. He's not anyone's leftovers. It would have been easy to go with a retread like Avery Johnson or Sam Mitchell. It would have been easy to go cheap with an unproven like Mark Jackson or Elston Turner. But they didn't. The Wolves went after the most high profile assistant out there and they ponied up 8 million over 4 years to land him. Like I said, I'm intrigued.

Rambis Fun Fact: During his first year of professional basketball he played in Greece under the name Kyriakos Rambidis.

Rambis Thinking Point: A couple of months ago he turned down the Sacramento Kings offer, which was rumored to be comparable to the one he just agreed to. Why'd he do that? Is it possibly saying that he sees more hope in the Wolves situation? Is he like me and thinks the Maloofs are giant douchebags? Does he actually likes Winter?


GLEN TAYLOR OBSERVATION
It's funny. When Kevin McHale and Glen Taylor were running things Taylor was always the one who came across like the more articulate and prepared of the two. Us fans turned to him for the vision of the Wolves future. Now, in the shadow of Kahn and his overhauling ways Taylor comes off like a bumbling old Grandpa who calls you by your Dad's name and makes reference to people who have been dead for ten years as though they were still living. Just another in a long line of indictments against McHale.


THE OTHER MUCH LESS IMPORTANT NEW GUY
The Wolves signed a young center by the name of Ryan Hollins to an offer sheet. I doubt Dallas will match given that they just signed Drew Gooden and are already over the cap. Hollins is an unproven and an unknown talent and so to make a big deal out of this would be a little premature. He is, however, the type of player they need to compliment Jefferson and Love. A true seven footer, a shotblocker, a leaper, a defender. Most importantly, he won't demand a lot of minutes. The flaw I always saw in the idea of bringing in a Tyson Chandler or Sam Dalembert or in drafting a guy like Hasheem Thabeet is that it would, in effect, delegate Love into a lesser role because those guys would need minutes. Word is that Kahn thinks this kid can be the Wolves' equivilent of Chris "Birdman" Anderson, which certainly puts his planned role into perspective. Youtube Hollins. He's got some nice highlights but he looks like a walking technical foul.

I like this quote from Hollins' ESPN scouting reports: “Hollins is 7 feet tall and a plus athlete who can run the floor and jump, the type of guy who would go 12th in the draft if he was a Serbian 19-year-old.”


NEW YORK SUCKS (and everyone knows it)
Do you get the feeling that the sports media whores are the only people who actually believe that the New York Knicks are the team everyone secretly wants to play for and in 2010 they're gonna sign LeBron AND Wade AND Bosh AND Jesus Himself? Take this offseason, for example. The mighty Knicks have now been scorned by Jason Kidd and Andre Miller. Trevor Ariza would rather play for the McGrady/Ming-less Rockets. David Lee was willing to sign with Memphis instead of return to New York (but in true Grizzly form they instead opted for Zach Randolph). Nate Robinson is giving serious thought to playing in Greece as an alternative to resigning with the Knicks. Ramon Sessions is stalling in hopes that some other team besides New York will offer him a deal, even though they're the only team willing to throw the entire mid-level exception at him. The one guy who is self-serving enough to want to play there is Carlos Boozer. The Knicks would no doubt pay him whatever he wants but of couse that reveals another problem, the Knicks have nothing to trade Utah for him. What? Wilson Chandler? Eddy Curry? How about Jared Jeffries and an autographed John Starks mini-basketball? Did I mention, they're currently working out Jason Williams. Yes, the retired White Chocolate Jason Williams. Good luck in 2010, Knickerbockers.


2009 ALL STAR
Al Jefferson, if healthy, should be a lock for the All-Star game next season. Yao Ming is permanently broken. Shaq is in the Eastern Conference. Carlos Boozer will either be traded to the East or relegated to backing up Paul Milisap. Three open big man spots, plus everyone knows he got screwed last year and if they want to redeem themselves they'll have to vote him in. First All-Star Wolf since KG. Lock it in. It should be a fun weekend with the possibility of Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio, Wayne Ellington and Kevin Love in the Rookie/Sophomore game.


Have a good day and thanks for reading.


Comments

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:52 am
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

Thanks for keeping me updated Berg!  I have been travelling so this is my only source for the Wolves.  It has been a busy summer and I can't wait to see what the final squad is going to be. I wish we would have kept Eaton Thomas but that is minor.  Kurt Rambis is an awesome hire; that is the kind of calculated risks us 
Wolves fans need to see.     



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2009 11:09 am
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsdYoap5FYM worst highlight video ever.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 10:31 am
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

I like the Rambis signing. We don't know what kind of head coach he is/will be, but we do know he comes from a winning culture which I think brings a lot especially when it's coming from the head coach position. I also appreciate the message it sends that he would sign with the TWolves and not the Kings. We aren't the lowest notch on the NBA totem pole.

As far as the Knicks hating I kind of agree with We Might Not. The Knicks are in a similar front office situation to the Wolves were they have a new GM and in their case a semi new but fairly proven coach. It is hard to judge them on the Isiah era. Although I did not like the Jordan Hill drafting, but maybe if they knew/had a feeling they weren't going to resign David Lee it makes some sense.

Also bring back hercher and flavorflavtrulo (what does that mean?).



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2009 9:21 pm
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

I don't know much about Rambis, and sometimes the less you know the more interesting a pick can be, since you don't know his flaws yet. So I dig the Rambis hire.

The Knicks are terrible, but there is a completely new regime in place. So far I'm not sure there's been a objectable move on the part of Donnie Walsh, though Jordan Hill seems like a question mark. But with that draft, you just take whoever you think is best.



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 7:37 pm
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

I really like the Rambis choice and I have to give Kahn a lof of credit for methodically putting a team he wants together.  The media and fickle fanbase want everything done yesterday and if it isn't done immediately it is often spun as failure.  I say straight faced that if health and luck are on their side the wolves are challenging for a 10-7 seed in the west.

Yeah, I said it.  Last year with realtive health and a coach not named poop mcpoopy (aka Whitman) they were easily as good as the Suns, in fact I believe they handled them straight up once or twice in January.  I think the suns got worse, the rockets may have fallen of the face of the earth, Utah held steady hoping that D Will returns to a full season of all star form, G. State is not built to handle the grind of a regular season, though I would hate to play them in a playoff series.  I think the wolves could jump over one, two, three or if all breaks perfectly all four of them to contend for the playoffs.. 

I say this to the New York fan, I am not a New York hater.  I would consider it my second fav city in the US.  I have always respected the Rangers (not just because legend has it they are named after a MN iron Range rec team they used to scrimmage), I don't like the Yankees but I don't hate them either.  I find Boston fans imminently more annoying. With that said, you are dillusional.  They will not sign two marquee stars. Not for abstract reasons which are hard to quantify, like terrible management.  They won't sign two marquee stars because the cap will not allow it.  Unless they economy takes off in the next 7 months the cap will retract again, they just won't have the money.  My simple predicition is they will sign Bosh or Wade but not both.  (Bosh would be a terrible sign, I like his game but he is a great second fiddle not someone you could ever build a fanchise around.)



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 6:13 pm
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

First of all, thanks for reading and posting.

Secondly...

You seem to have an excuse for everything but when that many things stack up it's not really an exception to the rule anymore, but rather the rule itself. I'm not stepping out on a limb when I say that the Knicks, Isaiah or no, have a pretty lengthy track record as being an inept franchise. They are hands down the most laughable franchise in the NBA, and this is coming from a Wolves fan.

What makes you think they wouldn't pay Boozer the max? Is it the financial discipline they exhibited with Eddy Curry? Or perhaps it's the savy capology they busted out with Zach Randolph. No, it must have been the forward thinking that is Jared Jeffries or the character discipline that is Stephon Starbury. This is, after all, the team that drafted Renaldo Balkman and Renaldo Balkman Part 2 (Jordan Hill).

The Knicks are terrible. Any time a franchise is honestly fronting Wilson Chandler as the face of the organization you know there were a few wrong turns at some point.

I appreciate your team loyalty, but you have to go back to Patrick Ewing to find a time when the Knicks were legit.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2009 4:27 pm
 

Wolves (and a little NBA) Talk in August

Funny how a Minnesota Timberwolves fan has the gall to trash the Knicks! 

NEW YORK SUCKS (and everyone knows it)
Do you get the feeling that the sports media whores are the only people who actually believe that the New York are the team everyone secretly wants to play for and in 2010 they're gonna sign LeBron AND Wade AND Bosh AND Jesus Himself?

Nope, we're not gonna sign all of those plays, but I'm willing to guarantee we get 2 marquee free agents (Wade/Bosh/J. Johnson)...though I don't think Lebron is coming to NyC.


 Take this offseason, for example. The mighty Knicks have now been scorned by and .

Jason Kidd took more money from Dallas, the Knicks are keeping their money tight to the vest...same goes for Grant Hill and Andre Miller.....

 David Lee was willing to sign with Memphis instead of return to New York (but in true Grizzly form they instead opted for ). Nate Robinson is giving serious thought to playing in Greece as an alternative to resigning with the Knicks.

Lee wants to return to NY but the Knicks aren't going to cough up $10-$12 million per year to keep him.  Nate was OFFERED money from Greece but just recently stated "his heart is in New York"


Ramon Sessions is stalling in hopes that some other team besides New York will offer him a deal, even though they're the only team willing to throw the entire mid-level exception at him.

He's not stalling for another team, the Knicks are trying to only give him about $4 million per year instead of the full mid-level exception...Do your research....and they're STILL considered the front-runners for Sessions....If he REALLY didn't want to go to NY, WHY would he be negotiating with them in the first place?

 The one guy who is self-serving enough to want to play there is . The Knicks would no doubt pay him whatever he wants but of couse that reveals another problem, the Knicks have nothing to trade Utah for him.

The Knicks wouldn't "pay him whatever he wants" are you crazy!??  Boozer is a second class power forward and honestly, I'd rather have David Lee than Boozer any day of the week.  I'd take the Knicks management over the T-Wolves, ANY day of the week.



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