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Minnesota finally, officially fires Kurt Rambis

Jul 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

Kurt Rambis AP

We’ve known for a month this was coming — maybe longer, when your team wins 17 games the coach’s seat is going to be hot. But David Kahn and the Timberwolves dragged this out in an embarrassing fashion.

Now it is official, both the Associated Press and others such as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who had it first) have confirmed the firing is official.

For the past month, the Timberwolves seemed to be trying to embarrass Rambis into quitting, like they were trying to get out of paying the remaining $4 million on his deal that way. Rambis, you and I have one thing common: We will put up with a lot of humiliation for $4 million. He would not quit when asked to do a written report on the team, while the team dragged out the process hurting his chances of getting another job next season, while they flirted with putting him at a desk in the front office.

All this made the Wolves look bad. All this means the top coaching candidates out there would think twice about stepping into that situation as coach.

Now he’s out. Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will be brought in to interview (and his son J.B. is already a Wolves assistant coach). Milwaukee assistant Kelvin Sampson also is rumored to be in the running.

  1. ac0117 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Kahn treated Rambis like a 5-year-old by the end of this process. Not saying Rambis is a great coach, but any professional deserves better. T-wolves are a garbage organization.

  2. redbear18 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Poor guy. I hope somebody else gives him a chance, preferably a decent organization.

  3. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    He’ll coach a real team someday. It’ll be interesting to see how he does.

  4. jsally430 - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Im from minnesota… There was a report that the twin cities cant support four pro sports teams. I hope the odd team out is the timberwolves. the organization is terrible. The owner keeps bringing in @$$ clowns to run his team. Besides kevin garnet this team has busted on every pick they’ve had. then throw in the joe smith cintract debacle that cost them 4 first round picks. Its time to look at mr.taylor as tge route of the problem thank god pohlad didnt sell him the twins. Pohlad thats another dead beat owner although his son has done a better job then carl would have

  5. dogsweat1 - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    No one supports the Timber Bags in Minny……

    Kansas City or San Jose there yours………..

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      Your an idiot. The Wolves hold/held the single season attendance record in NBA HISTORY. The Wolves sell out most of their games when they have an average to barely above average team on the floor. Check your facts, the majority of the games in the Garnett era were either sold out or damn near.

  6. Justin - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    For how terrible the Wolves are and how long they have been they actually have a lot of support. Considering the circumstances.

  7. meatloaf025 - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    So Bickerstaff will do a great job. Anyone who can fire the owner or GM? Stern then? With this office not even Auerbach will win

  8. thegonz13 - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Poor T-Wolves… always screwing up, always lottery bound! Someone please send them to the D-League where they belong!

  9. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    The Wolves blew this big time. Is it Kahn’s fault? Maybe. Who’s to say Glen Taylor made him wait to fire him. Is it coincidence the Wolves traded back 3 or 4 times and each trade involved the Wolves getting cash? The Wolves sold a 2nd rounder for cash. My guess Kahn was told to fire him after the lockout. Why pay 2 coaches when there is no basketball being played? I bet Taylor was behind this whole cluster f*ck more than Kahn was. Then again, the writers of this site have had jealously issues with Kahn the whole time, so I expect nothing less than them bashing Kahn.

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