Timberwolves players rally around embattled coach Kurt Rambis

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A 4-11 record since the NBA all-star break, including an embarrassing 32-point home loss to Sacramento on Sunday, has led Timberwolves players to accept responsibility for the way the second half of the season is disintegrating - even to the point of defending coach Kurt Rambis, who has been the subject of reports and speculation that his job is in ...
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Blackstone

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Probably not the coach's fault that management drafts stupidly. Just look at the drafts in the past 10 years. ONly Love has produced. Got to have players. Look at the Rubio fiasco. I say fire Kahn and not the coach. His revolving door approach is only for his ego.
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Blackstone wrote:
Probably not the coach's fault that management drafts stupidly. Just look at the drafts in the past 10 years. ONly Love has produced. Got to have players. Look at the Rubio fiasco. I say fire Kahn and not the coach. His revolving door approach is only for his ego.
Some body in his life put starch in his shirts and he now thinks that he knows it all--no know--not blow. put that S.O.B.in Somerset around election so he can VOTE and not be crying on TOPIX--Won't you please do a old hillbilly just one favor-Hey he might be the tie breaker-----OH Lord help us now!!!!!!!!!! GOOD WORLD!
Jonboy

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Kahn and Rambis and Flynn and Ridnour should all be sent away. Also trade that no talent Spanish PG for a decent big man for inside defensive skills.
the real just another day

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Word of the day, mudducks: contraction....
The Hard Truth

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I find it interesting that none of the players, who supposedly have Rambis'back, say, simply, "He's a good coach." Never an actual word about his coaching.

It sounds very similar to the endorsements that the Vikings players gave Childress: "The coach prepares us but it is up to us to execute the game plan."

Come on guys, one of you just say it: "Rambis is an excellent coach."

What's that I hear? The sound of silence?

Mark

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Not a Rambis fan, at all. Those numerous late-game meltdowns earlier this year convinced me he does not have it. And while I think Kevin Love is saying all the right things, I'd prefer he rest until fully healed at this stage of a tough season.
Art McDonald

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Wolves have needed MAJOR change since birth. A new owner. This yahoo has proven himself to be an idiot repeatedly and regularly every season. He destroyed every opportunity for the team's improvement with the KG situation. McHale was a joke year after year and Taylor allowed it to continue. Sell the team to a local group who cares Glenn.
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Actions speak louder than words. The players say they want Rambis to be their coach, then they go out and play yet another apathetic game. I am not a big Rambis fan, but I think that Rambis, and staff, is only a small part of the problem. Perhaps Rambis, and staff, are not great motivators, but I believe motivation has to come from within, and the players are simply coasting. Once in a while they find themselves in a game, and play with focus and energy. Most days they don't show up.

One significant reason for this poor performance is that there probably really isn't as much NBA talent on this team as Kahn, Rambis, and the media would lead you to believe. Other than Love, take any other player off this roster and ask yourself if it makes the team any worse.

More importantly is the general lack of passion, intelligence, and selflessness that these players play with. Have you ever seen Darko act as if he cares? He has no joy, no enthusiasm. Beasley has the emotional makeup of a 7 year old. Pouting has become his "signature move". Flynn and Johnson smile their way through games. How about getting a little of that Kobe sneer going, and act like you are out there to win? You would think Pek would have learned to count to three, as in three seconds, by this point in the season, but apparently he has not?

I could go on and on, as I often do (sorry). But, until the players start playing like professionals it doesn't matter what they say, or how much talent they think they have. Bill Musselman won more games with far less basketball talent. Perhaps it was that Musselman was able to motivate those individuals, but more likely it was that those individuals were hungry and able to motivate themselves.

This season is on the players!
tbone

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John Flynn stinks.
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I went to Sunday's fiasco of a game because I figured, on paper anyway, it was one that they could win. What I saw was ridiculous. If losing to a last place team at home by 32-points is an example of a team "rallying around their coach", then I'd hate to see how bad they would be if they weren't trying. I could have grabbed any five fans from the stands (which would be about ten percent of the total attendance) and they would have provided more competition to the lowly Kings than the Wolves did that day. I won't be wasting any more money on the T-Wolves anytime soon.
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the real just another day wrote:
Word of the day, mudducks: contraction....
Your life must be boring as hell to post the same crap day in and day out. Loser
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the real just another day wrote:
Word of the day, mudducks: contraction....
Fudgepacker why do you even bother?
Timberwoes

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The Woes were just plain greedy. They were naive and egotistical enough to think they are somehow such great evaluators of talent and such great coaches that they could take the league's rag tag band of castoffs and make them into playoff contenders mixed with a cast of rookies. I've said it all season:
Youngest team in the league should at least be able to do one thing, and that is out-hustle other teams. Not the case, and that, Woes fans, is why Rambis is on the hot seat.

Do we even have any foreign scouts? I watch other GOOD teams and see players they got from around the globe and wonder why we never land anyone decent from across the pond??
the real just another day

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Derr wrote:
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Your life must be boring as hell to post the same crap day in and day out. Loser
Kinda makes you feel like putting your head in the oven, don't it.... mudduck

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Rambis' job is not at risk. This whole exercise is a ruse to give the whiner contingent something to whine about. Better luck next year, eh...
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Losing team supports embattled coach. Sun rises in the east. Pope is Catholic.
The Hard Truth

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the real just another day wrote:
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Kinda makes you feel like putting your head in the oven, don't it.... mudduck
Do you realize that you've never posted a single thing about the games or the team? Just these endless juvenile spitballs that interest no one, entertain no one, and enlighten no one? I guess you must get a hard on from any reaction you can elicit from anyone anywhere. It speaks to a tiny, tiny life, and I'm glad that a few others are catching on to your childishness.

Of course it won't stop you. What is most frightening is that you can actually spell and punctuate, which puts you in the top one percent of the posters. Yet you insist on being a little boy in your posts. What gives?
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Mar 23, 2011
 
the problem is glen taylor. he's the clueless one. taylor has absolutely no idea what it takes to build a winning professional sports team.
Derr

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the real just another day wrote:
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Kinda makes you feel like putting your head in the oven, don't it.... mudduck
Good one French cigarette....um, I mean "mudduck"
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the real just another day wrote:
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Kinda makes you feel like putting your head in the oven, don't it.... mudduck
No it kinda makes us feel like putting YOUR head in an oven.

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