The deeper we get into the off-season for 26 of the 30 teams in the Association the more apparent it seems that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis most likely will soon be given his walking papers two years into a four-year contract with the club. Since the conclusion of the regular season there have been countless reports from all over the country stating that the former assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers would be terminated by the T-Wolves and the most recent evidence pointing in that direction is that Rambis was not included in the entourage that Minnesota sent to the NBA Draft combine held in Chicago.
Although I do not believe that Rambis is the problem with the Timberwolves it would be far from the first time that an NBA coach was dismissed due to a miserable record without it being the fault of the bench boss. However what I find inexcusable is the fact that Team Owner Glen Taylor and Minnesota Team President David Kahn are allowing Rambis to twist in the wind while they ponder his fate. However given the fact that Kahn and Taylor may be the most unprofessional tandem in the Association it is certainly not surprising.
The Timberwolves have resided in the cellar of the NBA over the last few years and the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Taylor and Kahn. Taylor engineered the trade in the Summer of 2007 of their franchise player Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics for some talented young players with huge upsides. Not long after the trade took place Taylor would rip the best player in the franchise’s history for not giving his all. The only successful era in the team’s existence took place while Garnett was on the team and if he had an adequate supporting cast the club would have gotten a lot deeper in the Post Season than they did.
Meanwhile Kahn seems to have a deep aversion to continuity as every year the roster has changed radically under his tenure. The centerpiece of the Garnett trade center Al Jefferson was traded last summer. Although the front-court appears to be in good shape with Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic it is a far different story in the back-court for Minnesota.
The team still has not been able to come to terms with Ricky Rubio whom they selected with the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Rubio seems to be very content playing in his native Spain and does not seem to be in any hurry to play in the Association. Jonny Flynn who was taken with the sixth pick in the same draft has been supplanted by Luke Ridnour in the Timberwolves starting lineup.
The Minnesota Team President would cause controversy last Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery when he allegedly joked that the Lottery may be rigged. Reportedly he was shocked on Wednesday when he started to feel the backlash by his attempt at humor. Perhaps he did not realize that an NBA team executive making that statement would feed the fire for the conspiracy theorists who for years have believed that the Lottery is fixed.
So it is certainly not surprising that they are not giving Rambis the respect he deserves after serving as bench boss for the last two years. All it would take is an act of common decency to either terminate Rambis and give him the money they owe him or announce that he will be back with the club next year. That should not be too much to expect from two so-called professionals in the NBA.