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Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 4:26 pm  |  22 responses

Rambis: D-League Would Be ‘Beneficial’ To Jonny Flynn

D-League doesn’t always stand for D-emotion. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “Whenever Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn is cleared to play, he likely will be assigned to the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce, the Wolves’ affiliate in the NBA Developmental League. Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said it would be ‘beneficial’ for Flynn, recovering from hip surgery in July, to play a couple of games in the D-League before returning to the Wolves’ lineup. ‘It’s not something we would force on Jonny, but if it’s amicable, I think it would be a very valuable option for him and us,’ Rambis said before the Wolves-Los Angeles Lakers game Friday night at Target Center.”

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  • Flight

    Disrespect right here.

  • jarrett

    LOL

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Just like he thought benching Kevin Love would be “beneficial” to the team.

  • burnt_chicken

    It’s not disrespect, it’s just a way for Flynn to go at less than 100% until he gets his confidence back, and gets the pep in his step again. Less risk of reinjury this way too–there’s no way his body is up to gamespeed right now. Other pro sports (hockey, baseball) use minor leagues in this manner too. It’s a smart way to use your affiliate franchise.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It might be beneficial for Rambis to coach in the D-League a while…

  • LeBron de Con

    No, actually the decision was Jonny’s to make. Rambis made the suggestion but made it clear it was entirely up to Jonny.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    supreme disrespect. Practicing with the team is what gets injured players in game shape, not being relegated to the D-League. If Jonny can practice with the team until a decent 80-90% Rambis would be an absolute imbecile to keep him out of the line-up…..dumber things have happened in that franchise

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …this cat used to play ball in reading glasses lol

  • LeBron de Con

    Lol, don’t you folks read? This decision was left to Jonny to make. IT WAS HIS CHOICE!!!! Moreover, it happens all the damn time. In baseball, injured star players go down to AAA in the final phase of rehab. Anyone hear of Andy Pettite?

  • burnt_chicken

    It might be beneficial for some of you to start commenting on the DLeague for a while. Because you damn sure don’t have the comprehension skills to offer credible responses here.

  • burnt_chicken

    ooof, that may have been a bit strong. I just think sometimes you should read the article before teeing off on someone without having any real idea what the hell it is you are talking about. And by sometimes I probably mean always. Still, my apologies.

  • dis_dood

    D-League also would have been beneficial to Kurt Rambis when he played… just sayin

  • the truth

    agreed chicken. it clearly states it will be johnny’s final decision

  • Hammer Time

    Ya I guess it could work, but Minnesota’s coaching staff is nothing special so take it anyway you want.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Flynn will be back to throwing passes into the 5th row in no time.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol what you guys don’t get is the implications. What Rambis is basically saying is that a game-ready Jonny Flynn would better serve the team by playing in the D-League until they want him….oh but its his decision….c’mon son, stop being stupid

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    thats what you call a guy who doesn’t belong in a coaches chair whatsoever

  • Kyle

    Also this has more implications… next year is the year Rubio comes back. He doesn’t have to pay that much to break out of his contract, and Flynn and 1.5 assists to turnover ratio could make Rubio more likely to be satisfied with Minnesota. But Rambis can’t coach, he benched Love…

    It seems like he thinks it’s best to trash a player’s confidence first. Love is 22, Flynn is 21, is this the way you coach young talent when all you have is young talent? He doesn’t have veteran superstars so can’t be like Larry Brown or Phil Jackson with this bullsh!t.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Kyle spot on my friend

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Kurt Rambis is a rook coach, cut him some slack.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    i actually think this is a good idea – it helps players who have been cold and in injury for so long to play in a competitive league with less pressure before making their nba comeback. it will only be a for a few games, and when he finally does return to the t-wolves, he’ll be confident and not shaky like fresh-from-injury players usually are.
    i wish more teams would do this actually

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Zabba: Kurt is not a rook coach. He handled the Lakers pre-Phil for half a season. And please, this is his 2nd year handling the Wolves.

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