Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 11:37 am  |  20 responses

Report: TWolves Attempted to Bring in Coach K

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ coaching situation is still awkwardly up in the air, but the NY Daily News is reporting they tried—and failed, of course—to bring in Duke’s Coach K to guide the Ricky Rubio project: “The coaching carousel in Minnesota took an unlikely turn as Kurt Rambis was being thrown off and Bernie Bickerstaff was preparing to jump on. The ride operator, Timberwolves GM David Kahn, made a run at Mike Krzyzewski. Talk about a waste of time. Coach K once turned down a chance to go to the Lakers and coach Kobe Bryant in his prime. Did Kahn really think that he could get Krzyzewski to leave his Duke kingdom? He did. ’He tried to get him,’ said one Kahn confidante. Kahn was looking for a miracle or two. The other miracle is turning Ricky Rubio into a first-rate NBA point guard. As he showed over the last two seasons in Spain, the T-Wolves’ No. 1 draft pick of 2009 can’t shoot consistently or beat people off the dribble. That was versus inferior competition in Europe. Now he’s supposed to be able to do those things against the top players in the world? No wonder Krzyzewski isn’t running to the Twin Cities anytime soon. ’It’s unfortunate that Ricky Rubio is now going to be the face of that franchise, because he just isn’t good enough as a player,’ said one NBA head coach. ‘They’re doing that kid a great disservice.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • JD

    go prove the doubters wrong ricky i have faith in him, his game isnt about scoring, its about distributing and defense like a jason kidd on offense and a gary peyton on d

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I love how everybody is so quick to label players busts (particularly lighter skinned players) before they even step on the court (I.E. Jimmer, Ricky).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ur a BUST!

  • abaci

    @ JD first off its Gary Payton with an A. Second, you really think Rubio is gonna play D like GP ? Gary is the only guard to win the defensive player of the year award.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I see Rubio as a Rondo type player, with less athleticism. Nothing wrong with that in a system with scorers. Should be a good fit alongside Beasley.

  • freezy

    Gp wasn’t the only gaurd to win it, MJ won it in 88, but he was the only point gaurd.

  • LeBron de Con

    kahn is a dicc. rubio, we’ll see, give him a year.

  • http://www.hoopsfix.com LLC#12

    @Abaci, Michael Jordan, Alvin Robertson and Sidney Moncrief all won DPOY awards as guards, there may be others but I don’t know off the top of my head. Good Call by omphalos I think, they play similar games, the only difference is rondo plays with a bunch of scorers, rubio won’t be so lucky, this season at least!

  • MikeC.

    Is Rubio really that good on D? I’ve never seen him play, but from what I’ve read, he’s a poor defender.

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

    ^ He’s won DPOY at least once in Europe, though. I think everyone just assumes Europeans are bad defenders.. Even if they end up being good.

  • Cool Dude

    If coach K isnt leaving to coach the lakers, there is no chance in hell he is leaving to coach the twolves.

  • MikeC.

    Coach K himself said the only position he could imagine himself in other than coaching Duke would be as an advisor for USA Basketball. I understand doing your due diligence and asking, but I doubt it went any further than “Hey Coach K, it’s David Kahn calling. David Kahn. Of the Minnesota Timberwolves. No, not the Gophers, the Timberwolves. The NBA team. Yes, there’s an NBA team in Minnesota. With actual NBA players, and Darko too. Look, I’m calling because we’re looking for a new head coach. Hello? Coach K? That was rude. Maybe we need more point guards”.

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  • Matt Park

    AHAHAHAHA. MikeC’s comment was brilliant.

  • RunNGun

    Kahn and point guard jokes are old now. It’s time to get with the program because it’s all about Kahn and power forwards now.

  • Galagu

    Coach K turned down my offer to coach my highschool too…what a snob

  • MikeC.

    @RunNGun – Glen Davis?

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  • Mike From Spain

    MikeC won this thread…game over :)