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Wolves, Rambis agree to terms, ESPN reports

There are 25 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 8, 2009, titled Wolves, Rambis agree to terms, ESPN reports. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Timberwolves' coaching search apparently is all over but the news conference.

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fracas

Grand Forks, ND

#1 Aug 8, 2009
I think Rambis is a good solid choice. I am glad they went out of the organization, rather than promote Sichting. Rambis has almost a season's worth of sitting in the coaches seat when you combine the lockout season with games here and there spotting for Phil.

The one problem that Rambis may have is that he has spent his entire tenure either playing with stars like Magic and Kareem, or being an assistant with a star like Kobe. One play that the Laker's could always call when the game was on the line was "get the ball to Kobe and get the hell out of the way". The wolves don't have that play in their playbook.

Time will tell, but I am more optimistic than most. I think the wolves can win a few more games than they did last year, with or without Rubio, and perhaps build on that.

A lot of dead wood has been cleared out. I hated to see them lose Craig Smith, but the other losses were all inconsequential. This is the year that Smiley Brewer either has to put up or shut up. If he doesn't improve this season, then I would show him the door as well.

Another load of dead wood expires at the end of this season. Lots of cap space, but I don't think any top free agents are going to want to play here until this team becomes a playoff team, which may take years. As a consequence, we will end up overpaying for mid-level, or low level, free agents, like we did with Jaric.

Anyway, it will be fun to see how things develop. Flynn, Love, Big Al, and maybe eventually Rubio, give the wolves some cause for optimism.
Phil

Hopkins, MN

#2 Aug 8, 2009
I really like the hire; great to invest in a coach that can draw experience from perhaps the best NBA coach of all time.

He hasn't always had a slam-dunk team to fall back on; only three years ago the Lakers were barely a lock for the playoffs before being efficiently re-built and coached back into prominence.

It will take a couple of years to make some real noise, but the team has good looking prospects and real long-term potential with intelligent and effective maneuvering and development. They should be more exciting than in the recent past; all the better if Rubio makes it over here, but even if it takes him another year to arrive it is not a big deal; I really like Flynn's attitude and disposition; Ellington could turn out to be a clutch contributor also.
wtf

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Aug 8, 2009
Good Luck Kurt! You have a mess to work with.
Midwest Guy

Kansas City, MO

#5 Aug 8, 2009
This selection is absolutely wonderful. Kurt Rambis, with his coaching experience and to had coached a championship team like the Lakers will definitely leverage the T-Wolves organization and team management. I definitely like this pick. David Kahn is on top of it and just need to keep the ball rolling...go Wolves.
Day Dreamers

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 8, 2009
Great now get KOBE,LEBRON,SHAG,HOWARD,NASH
and we'll win more games!

NOT!

Phil Jackson won with great players....imagine
him here with the T-Wolves? He'll probably quite
the first season with this bunch.

Since: Aug 08

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Aug 8, 2009
I hope his contract makes it mandatory for him to wear those sweet black frame glasses he wore when he was with the Lakers.
George

United States

#8 Aug 8, 2009
You people are fools..give the man a chance the t-wolves do have a very fine nucleous of good young players.R.Foye and M.Miller were not going anywhere here.
wtf

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Aug 8, 2009
George wrote:
You people are fools..give the man a chance the t-wolves do have a very fine nucleous of good young players.R.Foye and M.Miller were not going anywhere here.
Let's see....attendance last season was horrible, and that was with 2 for 1 on tickets. If that keeps up IMO the T-pups will relocate, probably to Vegas.
Bill

Astoria, SD

#10 Aug 8, 2009
I like Kurt Rambis. But he has no head coaching experience and is a foolish choice for that reason. Sam Mitchell and Jeff Van Gundy were available. This is another idiotic decision by the worst general manager and the worst owner in the NBA.
Ranta

Nashville, TN

#11 Aug 8, 2009
I wonder if Phil Jackson's zen-like style of coaching has rubbed off on Rambis.
Jackson's book, Hoop Dreams, shows Jackson to be unlike any other coach.
MindReader

United States

#12 Aug 9, 2009
a celtic and a laker teaming up. what happen, weren't they fighting each other back then.
Wisconsin Vikes Fan

River Falls, WI

#13 Aug 9, 2009
MindReader wrote:
a celtic and a laker teaming up. what happen, weren't they fighting each other back then.
The Celtic is gone (thank god). Rambis is a great hire. The T-Wolves will still struggle (suck) this year, but they seem to finally have a good strategy for the future.
For what it's worth, I, as a huge homer Minnesota fan, for the first time in a long time, think they are finally on the right path.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Aug 9, 2009
a great hire
its me

Spring Valley, MN

#15 Aug 9, 2009
Most improved team in the NBA. Thats a promise
EPS

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Aug 9, 2009
"...If that keeps up IMO the T-pups will relocate, probably to Vegas."

Vegas is dead, no team will go there.
Tom

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Aug 9, 2009
I won't pretend that I've got any real good knowledge of Rambis as a coach, but they've convinced me that it is a good enough choice given our situation. So I'm happy. Still... I think it's strange that Glen is talking about this hire in the media before it's actually been signed. Glen is no Khan, I guess. He saved our team, though, so I can't complain too much.
Jeffrey

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Aug 9, 2009
For someone whose never been a head coach he really asked for alot and got it. He's unproven as a head coach and I would have given him a take or leave it offer.
Gave him too much money annually for someone who has never coached. Too many years too. 3 years should have been the max!
Affula

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Aug 9, 2009
Thank you Kahn.
The timberpuppies have been so bad, and going nowhere. Pretty much every move McHale made was the wrong one. Being fake contenders in the Garnett-era got real old.
I like all of Kahn's moves so far. Foye and Miller were bums. As long as either Flynn or Rubio turns out (or shows up), I think you've got something solid to work with along with Al Jeff and K Love, and with the money we'll have for next year (although good luck trying to get free agents to come to the twin cities).
I'm a big fan of basketball, but watching the wolves the last two years (well pretty much every year except the cassell/spree year) has been brutal.
Overnighter

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Aug 9, 2009
This team needs all the help it can get!
jeb

United States

#21 Aug 9, 2009
good call. i like mark jackson but rambis has been around phil for a long time and has had a lot of experience in his absence.

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