Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  20 responses

Kurt Rambis is the New Coach in Minny

by Marcel Mutoni

The goodbyes have begun, as Kurt Rambis and his family prepare to pick up some winter garments. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ endless search for a head coach came to an end this weekend, as a deal with Rambis was verbally finalized.

When it became clear that he wouldn’t be getting his shot to be the top dog in L.A. anytime soon, Kurt got tired of waiting, and went looking elsewhere. And no matter what some may claim, you simply can’t blame the guy for his decision.

The T-Wolves will officially introduce Rambis tomorrow, according to the Pioneer Press:

[Team owner Glen Taylor] said it’s his assumption that Rambis will sign the contract, believed to be for four years and more than $8 million, on Monday and be introduced at a Tuesday news conference.

“Kurt, with his experience playing and coaching for a winning organization and working under people like Pat Riley, will bring a lot to our organization,” Taylor said. “In meeting with him and talking to him, I know he’s very excited about having an opportunity to help build his own team.”

And so, Rambis — who beat out Mark Jackson and Rockets assisant Elston Turner for the job — replaces the man who famously clotheslined him a quarter of a century ago. It’s the circle of life.

Rambis, in his lone head coaching role (during the lockout shortened 1999 season) went 25-13. He now takes over a team that won only 24 games in eighty-two tries last year.

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  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Step up your game
    Photoshop those giant glasses on his head

  • http://www.facebook.com mat smith

    and a tache

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    It’s really true. I would not ever in a million years recognize this guy if he walked past me. slip on a yellow laker uniform with extra short shorts and huge goggles, and it’s unmistakeable

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    plus the mustache of course

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com C-Viz

    Poor Minny fans, what a big mess that team is. How is Rambis gonna connect to Johnny Flynn?? You would think a team trying to build around guards would hire a former great (Marc Jackson)

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Should have gotten Mark Jackson he could have brought Escalade and the and 1 stars to beat up on them in practice. Rambis was hanging on Phil’s coat tail.

  • AlbertBarr

    I think he’ll do fine…and they aren’t ‘building around guards’. They have Kevin Love and Al Jeff as two young forwards who are kinda important too.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    Understand the decision, but don’t know how well its going to work out. Not exactly a great situation to start out in is it? Of course, if he gets them anywhere near the Playoffs (which I doubt) he’ll be a hero

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    Also, first off, word to Bird for helping Rambis up. Class act.
    2nd: It looks like Rambis’s kit is painted on

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Career suicide.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Good luck, Kurt.

  • chingy

    This is good for TV; marc jackson and SVG make a great tag team on ESPN (or is it TNT?)

  • DarrowDeb

    People slamming Rambis only reveal that they know close to NOTHING about Showtime Lakers basketball. I grew up on it, and I can tell you (and so can learned historians — you don’t need me) that Kurt was the starting power forward for all of those years and won four rings to prove he knew how to play the game with high b-ball IQ. He snatched down rebounds and threw all kinds of elbows to create lots of the fast breaks that Magic Johnson et al. turned into poetry, or he was already downcourt, ready to receive a power-pass and lay it in before the other team knew what hit them. He played with speed and agility. Dove on the floor REGULARLY. Throughout the league, he was known as Mr. Dirty Work because he snatched and elbowed and dove and RAN to get it done. It’s no coincidence that as of this past season, USA Today has started naming an annual “Kurt Rambis Dirty Work Team” in honor of guys throughout the league who get it done. Kobe Bryant once said, “Kurt Rambis would walk through a brick wall to win a game.” If anybody knows how to walk through a wall to win, it’s Kobe. He also knows how to recognize talent. He praises highly Kurt’s coaching style, and no matter what you think about Kobe the Man, Kobe the Player has a couple of very talented legs to stand on when he makes claims about the skills of others. The Timberwolves are mighty lucky to have landed Rambis. Good move!

  • http://deceptivelyquick.blogspot.com Seth

    As a soon to be Minneapolis transplant, I vow to only attend T’Wolves games if he wears the glasses.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good for him. Good luck next year, Coach Rambis.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276 chiqo

    how hilarious is it that it’s mid-august and these guys just now got a coach?

  • http:///www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    worst hair ever

  • Big D

    should have been Mark Jackson and assistant Patrick Ewing

  • Clipp Show 714

    It won’t be right away but I think he will do well.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    I hope Kurt does well. If he does well next year because when Phil retires, he will have a better chance to coach the Lakers.