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Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Posted on: August 10, 2009 11:56 am

Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis is finalizing contract details to become the Timberwolves' next head coach, with the agreement expected to be signed Tuesday, according to a person involved in the negotiations.

Good for Rambis. In his only other opportunity to sit in the first seat on an NBA bench, he was merely keeping it warm for Phil Jackson. This will be Rambis' show, and the opportunity is well deserved.

But Rambis' hiring will be overshadowed by the Ricky Rubio soap opera until a resolution occurs. Will Rambis be coaching Rubio or not? Well, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told Monday that the door is "wide open" for Rubio to join the T-Wolves rather than stay in Europe for the 2009-10 season. Otherwise, Rubio's Spanish team, JKV Joventut, already would've announced his transfer to another European club by now.

Rambis is optimistic that a buyout agreement can be reached that would clear the way for Rubio to join the T-Wolves this coming season. Perhaps Rubio's camp simply wanted to see who would be coaching him in Minnesota before proceeding aggressively to negotiate his release. Either way, it is extremely doubtful that Rambis would've agreed to take over in Minnesota if he thought there was a chance that the Rubio situation would mar his tenure.

Of course, with every piece of good news comes a piece of bad news when you're an NBA coach. Even if things go smoothly and Rubio is on hand for training camp, Rambis will be the one to decide who starts at point guard: Jonny Flynn or Rubio?

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Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2009 8:13 pm
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Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2009 12:42 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Ironic that Rambis would take over for McHale lol.  

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:27 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Somebody help me out. I have never seen Rubio play. Is he supposed to be the next coming of John Stockton or Magic Johnson? Is he a lock down defender or are NBA point gaurds just going to drive right by him?  If you don’t play defense in the NBA you are toast and a lot of euro players have trouble playing “D”. Can he hit NBA three's all day long or just pass it off to shooters? Most euro players can shoot.

 But nobody saying that about this guy. Is he going to drive the lane and stuff it over Yow Ming or will he always be looking to dish it off or kick it out? Everyone loves this guy and all I hear is what a great passer he is. It sounds to me like this guy needs to play with some superstars so they can cover for some of his shortcomings. I have seen Jonny Flynn play and he’s pretty good. Maybe the Wolves should just wait and see. Let Rubio play a few years in Europe and get better. Wait a few years and get him cheep. It’s not like they are going to need him next year for the playoffs. He’s certainly not going anywhere. I’m not slamming the guy, I just want to understand ‘why all the drama”.


Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 4:49 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

when your team is 3 years out. you draft the best available players on the board. that is just what we did. kahn is doing as a good of job as you can ask. the clips are not the worst team. they are better then mn milwaukee, new york memphis ok city washington and prob the suns

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2009 4:13 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Rambis may have been the best fit for the Wolves at this time. They are young, their best player will start the season hurt, and there 1st draft pick is a project, and may not even sign this year. I was thinking that with Mchale gone, perhaps some solid personel decisions would be made. The signing of Rambis was not a bad choice, time will tell. The drafting of Rubio seems like something that Billy Knight, the former GM of the Hawks may have done. The Wolves need players now, not in 2-3 years. They may be the worst team in the NBA, along with the Clippers, and Rubios is too much of a reach to make with a lottery pick in their position. The Western Division is a killer as it is and with what they are using as players is sort of funny. I hope all work ut for the best, but I have serious doubts. I see several years of lottery picks yet for Minnesota, the way it was for the Hawks for so many years. Mchale destroyed that team with his decision making and player choices while the Gm there, so now pay the price.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2009 3:50 pm

Timberwolves still gonna stink...

The timberwolves are obviously not looking at improving any time soon, they might be regressing..  Rambis as coach, i'm not sold, he has ridden plenty of coat tails that is for sure but head coaching material...I think not.  The wolves are wasting too much time and effort on bringing Rubio to the pack, they should have traded his rights and  picked up someone who could help there flailing team right now or at least sooner than later.  So to all you poor t-wolves fans, my heart goes out to you, its gonna be a long while before you see the playoffs.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 3:26 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

You know what, forget Rubio. He will be a young overhyped waste of roster space if they pursue him too hard. The Timberwolves are so misleading to me. They do the right thing by trading away Kevin Garnett, things just werent going to work out there. But then they start rebuilding, and the year they get two top ten picks they make 2 bad ones. Rubio I understand, but then if your going to put your marbles in his basket don't draft Johnny Flynn. Like really, what if Rubio comes here and is actually a stud? Then your stuck with 2 franchise PG's. They should have drafted Flynn and then an athlete like Demarr Derozan or something. I don't even know.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2009 10:25 am

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

We want Jonny!!!!!

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 9:25 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Actually Feuer Frei, Rambis is very close friends with Ricky Rubio's agent.  I have heard that is one of the many reasons he stood out when David Kahn was looking for coaching candidates.  It sounds like they go way back, and with Rambis as coach, Rubio's agent is more eager to help out the wolves...

Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 6:33 pm

Rambis on board; Rubio next?

Rubio probably doesn't even know who Rambis is.  He's too young to remember Rambis's playing days and Rambis hasn't officially held a coaching job before. Rubio is what, like 12 years old now?  

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