Jul 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT
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.