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Report: Wolves may move Rambis to front office

Jul 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Kurt Rambis AP

This whole situation is just pathetic.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have yet to officially fire Kurt Rambis. Make no mistake, he’s done. He will not be coaching the Timberwolves next year. That much is clear.

But Rambis continues to be hung out to dry by the wolves. Officially he is still the coach. Nobody has fired him, he just lives in a state of limbo.

Now rather than fire him, general manager David Kahn is thinking of moving Rambis up to front office, reports the team at Yahoo. Except Rambis doesn’t really like that idea. Not that he is going to quit — Rambis wants to get paid the remaining $4 million on his deal. .

So we have a standoff, Yahoo reports.

Still unable to simply fire a coach he’s determined is done with the Minnesota Timberwolves, general manager David Kahn recently proposed that Kurt Rambis accept a reassignment within the franchise’s front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

The prospects of Rambis serving out the remaining two years and $4 million on his coaching deal so closely with Kahn in the front office holds little, if any, appeal to Rambis, sources said. Rambis has little respect for Kahn’s basketball acumen, and perhaps even less of a personal affinity for him.

Come on Kahn, if you’re going to fire a coach, fire him. Man up.

You have cause — the Wolves won 17 games last year, you want a more open offense with Ricky Rubio coming in (so less triangle), you want your coach and Kevin Love to get along (Rambis an Love struggle to even speak to each other). That’s all legit, if you want to fire him for that, we get it.

Problem is, your season ended in April, you made him write out a report on the team like a fifth grader, you put off any decision for what is now approaching three months — what legitimate coach is going to come and work there now? The rumored replacements are J.B. Bickerstaff and Washington’s Lorenzo Romar — not guys on the top of the NBA food chain.

This has just become embarrassing for the Wolves.

  1. ac0117 - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM


    • emerson12345 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      did you ever think that maybe its the OWNER glen Taylor that doesn’t want to buy out this coach for 4 mill…then hire a new coach for a few mill. when there might not be a season…Im sure most smart business men would love to pay two coaches to coach a team that isn’t playing…

      I get it … all you media people hate the fact that KAHN is a GM…i get it he was a media guy like you, and now he is a GM like all you guys want to be…but look at the roster he started with and the roster he has…he has done a GREAT JOB.

      pull your head out..and do some real journalism

      • ac0117 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        He picked 3 point guards… in one draft… all were picked 18 or higher, two in the top 6. Now he has 6 small forwards and no that isn’t an exaggeration, there are actually 6 small forwards on the twolves roster. Nuff said’

      • wvan10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:55 PM

        “A GREAT JOB”. I’m really not sure where that is coming from. The roster he has now is still fighting to get out of the cellar in the Western Conference. He wasted a lottery pick in Johnny Flynn and the whole Darko thing was a joke in itself. “Kaaaaahhnnn!!!”

  2. emerson12345 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    oh ac0117…. not that smart but I will see if I can help you.

    he drafted TWO pgs in one draft..knowing that most likely RUBIO would be a year or two until he came over and at that time the wolves had ZERO on the roster after trading foye.. the 3rd pg was a trade that was already done so it was Denver who drafted a point guard.. which wasn’t that bad of I idea for them so I don’t see what your point is on that.

    with the SF’s… its never a bad idea to have long athletic players on your team..and as im sure you know Wes johnson and martell webster played mostly the SG last year as they will this(is there is one) so that leaves b-easy, Williams at the SF…and in the up-tempo game KANH is trying to run AR15 is going to play center.
    I hope this helps… obviously the wolves arnt your specialty which is fine they are not a good team…so maybe try talking about a team you know something about.. it will help you not look so uninformed

    • ac0117 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      Umm.. I know you are mad, I would be too if I was a T-wolves fan, but nothing I said was untrue. Kahn drafted 3 pgs, two in the top 6 back to back which remains on the level of detroit lions wide receiver picking stupidity, as well as the fact that there are indeed 6 small forwards on the roster. Like I said I don’t blame you for being pssed, I would be too if my team won 17 games last year with my genius GM.

      • ac0117 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Also, if you listen to Kahn, the T-wolves had Flynn rated higher than Rubio on their draft board. Why the HELL would you pick both back-to-back? If Rubio isn’t coming over… and you have Flynn rated higher… don’t take Rubio.

      • emerson12345 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        your reading comprehension isn’t that strong… that’s ok there are a lot of problems with the no child left behind system…. but that’s another topic

  3. ac0117 - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    All you did was attempt to insult me (failed, I’m a college graduate) without refuting any of my points. No child left without a keyboard would be perhaps be more apt for you emerson12345.

    • gregorydoublea - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      Flynn higher?? After the draft in 2009 Kahn took out a full page add in the local paper to announce Rubio was a “transcendant player” who would be annointed the starting PG the moment he walked in the door. Flynn higher, seriously? Quit making stuff up, it destroys your credibility.

      Being drafted in the top 3, where he was projected, Rubio’s first year salary would have covered his buyout. Drafting him at 5 meant he’d play his first year for free. Kahn took what the Wolves viewed as the BPA at 6 in Flynn, which also became Rubio insurance in case Rubio insisted on actually coming out ahead financially.

      And harping on the traded pick to Denver, get over it.

      Congrats, you noticed all the tweeners on the roster are either SG/SF or SF/PF and so all overlap SF, pat yourself on the back.

      • ac0117 - Jul 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM

        How about you do some research and actually try and learn what you are talking about before throwing out accusations regarding other peoples’ credibility – that’s called slander.

        Listen to David Kahn’s recent appearance on Bill Simmons’ podcast (posted within the last 2 weeks) and you will hear directly from Kahn’s mouth that he had Flynn rated higher than Rubio on the T-wolves draft board.


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