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Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:51 pm
 
Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed reports from from Yahoo! Sports that Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis, after months speculation, was finally fired today by Wolves management.  

The Wrath of Kahn: Rambis fired
Rambis' release follows months of not only needless speculation and waiting as Rambis waited for the axe to fall, but downright embarassing treatment of the former Laker. Ken Berger detailed how GM David Kahn has treated Rambis since deciding to fire him months ago, including demanding a written report from Rambis reviewing his job performance.  There were reports Rambis was to be fired after the draft in June, but even before that, Rambis was not even included in pre-draft workout planning or consulted with during the workouts. Berger reported as early as March 11th that Rambis could be headed for the chopping block. 

Whether it was an effort to convince Rambis to step down to avoid paying him the remainder of his contract, or simple old-fashioned incompetence, the way this has been handled is embarrassing for Glen Taylor, David Kahn, the Wolves organziation, and the NBA. It's a borderline case for a lawsuit, considering the disrespectul treatment of Rambis whose only real crime was trying to run a flawed system that hasn't succeeded in the past 30 years without Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan involved, and being saddled with one of the most questionable general managers in the league.

Kahn drafted two point guards, then hired a coach whose system minimizes the role of the point guard. The Triangle would emphasize Kevin Love's strengths if used right. Naturally, Love was buried until he finally forced his way out, despite reports that neither Kahn nor Rambis thought much of Love. It was a failed regime from the get-go. Now Rambis stands as the fall guy for the mistakes of the organization as they try and move forward.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that the Wolves were actually actively bringing in coaching candidates for interviews. Most recently, Bernie Bickerstaff, a veteran front office man and assistant last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, was brought in to interview for a job with Rambis still technically in the position.  

So ends the Rambis era in Minnesota.

The Kahn era continues.
Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

Boo Hoo....Kurt Rambis had to wait a cple weeks to get fired....So what..? He is a terrible coach and had no clue how to coach....I thought he learned under Jackson....Apparently he did not.....If anything...Kahn should take heat for hiring that idiot in 1st place....



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:06 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

Well Glen should go get himself one of those der Yuropian coaches from that der Italian league and maybe the Wolves can contend in the West using that der Mike D'Antoni shoot em from anywhere offense and nevermind defense cuz we don't play none !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:04 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

They should interview Bryant "Big Country" Reeves for the coaching position ! He couldn't do any worse !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:02 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

Kurt Rambis never had any business in the NBA as a player let alone a coach ! He rode Magic Johnson's coattails to NBA rings during the Lakers "Showtime" 1980s era ! They should fire Sebastian Telfair as well ! I mean he's the 3rd string pg on the worse team in the league ! How did that happen ?



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:59 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

I am expecting that one of the interview questions that Rambis got when he landed the job was: what kind of offense would you implement in Minnesota if you get the gig?  So if Rambis's offense was wrong from the get go, the GM had to know it.  Now Rambis could probably say that we dont have all the pieces here right now, but we can draft what we need and implement the Triangle immediately, which is highly likely.  Either way, the GM had to know what offense that Rambis was going to implement when they initially hired him and drafting countless PG's was not going to fill the holes in the offensive strategy.  The sad part is that with the last draft the offensive scheme had enough players to make it work. 

In my opinion, you cant fire one of these guys without the other (Kahn and Rambis) and the whole thing needed at least one better draft or one more year to see if it clicked.  Additionally, if the team sucks and doesnt have enough players to do the job, pick your favorite coach in the league and they still wouldnt be able to make substitutions that solved the problem.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:08 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

PLEASE FIRE DAVID KAHN!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:26 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

Reports surfaced earlier this month that the Wolves were actually actively bringing in coaching candidates for interviews. Most recently, Bernie Bickerstaff, a veteran front office man and assistant last season with the Portland , for a job with Rambis still technically in the position.  



Bernie Bickerstaff? That shill? That guy couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. Bring in Brian Shaw to interview. Bring in young assistants who have earned a shot at a 2nd tier job like Minny. Don't hire a hack.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:33 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

I've always felt T-wolves owner, Glen Taylor, to be a class act...this is embarassing Glen.  To let an employee treat another in that manner was sadistic, mean and undeserved. When this sports writer got a chance to run a pro team he acted as if he needed no one. He knew all there was to know about how this should all fit together. Disjointed is probably the most descriptive term I'm able to come up with. His drafts...let there be no mistaking this, HIS drafts, without input, discussions with a prospective coach, Again. So now, Mr. Big Brain/with enough for everybody will win the NBA Championship this year. Whew! All we needed was somone whose skills aree so widely known for not needing any help with a new job and it is so richly deserved by the die hard fans, (?) and class act owner. Glen, his first two, (2), moves bore no relation to a workable plan. I can't be the first, only (?), person to see this. Are we just waiting for the other shoe to fall? My best wishes for sucess go out to Kurt and I personally am sorry for the shoddy, immature, petty treatment of a grown man but Glen, how much of a change do you expect to see. You are witnessing the "Peter Principle" up closeer than I'd care to be.



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:40 am
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

it's tough being a t-wolves fan.......fu*k



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Timberwolves finally, mercifully fire Rambis

I am amazed that all of the pseudo basketball afficienados on this board didn't like rambis. He got more out  of so called has beens than any coach had up to this point. Beasley will rue the day rambis left, as will love and randolph. The guy that really should be drinking the rambis kool-aid though, is Darko milicic. He was at the top of the Nba scrap heap before rambis rescued him and showed him how to play in the post. Love was solid but rambis made him spectacular, and beasley was downright beastly (sans the weed). Before you look at the teams record please look at the development of the players under the past regime. This was not a  60 win team and rambis should have been allowed a little more lattitude.


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