Minnesota Timberwolves: Five Reasons David Kahn Needs To Fire Kurt Rambis
In June 2009, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally rid themselves of the biggest pest of the franchise, Kevin McHale.
In doing so, the ballclub then picked up David Kahn from the Indiana Pacers, and from the moment he stepped foot into the Gopher State, he promised big things and a successful turnaround in the program.
Problem is, he hasn't done anything he's promised.
In fact, this past October he wrote a letter to the fans of the T'Wolves explaining this season and ultimately apologizing for their upcoming performance.
This disgusted many members of the Minneapolis media, and haters around the league danced to the tune of the Timberwolves continuing to be a joke among the league.
Well, at 17-54, I can't say that the team has made any strides and, as Kahn promised, we stink.
Amidst the problems is head coach Kurt Rambis. Something that would help Kahn's popularity would be if he fired Rambis, and I'll take a look at five reasons why this needs to happen.
With all that in mind, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!
5. It'd Be the Second Smartest Move He's Made Yet
Since climbing aboard the T'Wolves' organization in the summer of 2009, David Kahn has been nothing but a nuisance to the club.
However, the brightest (and most likely the only positive) move he has made had to do with trading Al Jefferson and keeping Kevin Love.
It only took about 20 games this season for Timberwolves fans everywhere to know that keeping the 6'10" big was the best move Kahn had made in his tenure with the franchise.
Consider all the other "big" deals he has made: for example, drafting three point guards in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, one of whom isn't even in the country at this moment.
If Kahn were to give Rambis the boot following this season, it would likely go down as his second-best decision since taking over for McHale.
4. It'd Give Bill Laimbeer a Chance to Coach in the NBA
Bill Laimbeer is in a prime position to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As a current assistant, he knows everything there is to know about the mediocre club, and due to this golden prior experience, he would have no trouble finding greater success than that of Rambis.
One thing Laimbeer brings to the table that Rambis and Kahn don't is pure intensity. The 6'11" former big would bring fire not seen in the aforementioned.
Although he has never led an NBA coaching staff, Laimbeer has the necessary tools, and the job might be going his way.
3. Rambis Seems to Be Okay with Losing
As a basketball team in the greatest league in the world, you expect to go out and succeed every single time you take the hardwood.
Kurt Rambis, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care too much about winning.
So many times in the fourth quarter when the team has been blown out, guys like Kevin Love and Michael Beasley show their frustration, and then the camera flashes to the bench, where Rambis is often seen wandering off or laughing.
Rambis' record of 32-121 is just terrible, no way around it, yet you wouldn't even be able to tell the Timberwolves are the West's worst by the way he sits there and laughs off pummelings and thrashings.
David Kahn should rid Rambis of the remaining two years and $4 million left on his contract, and terminate his position as head coach of the Timberwolves.
Then again, all would be well if Kahn himself were terminated, but that's another story.
2. The Wolves Need Another Flip Saunders, not Kurt Rambis
Flip Saunders was undoubtedly the best head coach in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Conversely, Kurt Rambis is one of the worst head coaches in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Saunders took the team to nine straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals, a series that saw the Wolves lose to the Lakers in a six-game series.
What the Wolves need is a guy like Saunders (although not available at this time) to coach the club and ensure that they can get back on the trail to success.
1. It Gives the Wolves a Better Chance to Start Winning
Now I'm no expert, but I think that if David Kahn cans Kurt Rambis like cranberries on Christmas, they will have somewhat of a positive path down the long road that is called revival.
The Wolves have a solid nucleus of young players, and if they can find the right coach, they can begin that revival.
At the moment, Rambis has won a lousy 21 percent of the games he has coached for the T'Wolves. There is no reason to think that someone else could not lead the team to a better record, because in all honesty, they will.
Once the Timberwolves snag a real head coach and acquire experience in the upcoming seasons, it is then that Kahn will have my approval.
It all begins with parting ways with Rambis, and to ensure he is sent packing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
About the Author
Joseph Fafinski is a 19-year-old, originally from Chaska, Minn.
He is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri, pursuing a career in journalism.
He is a huge fan of basketball, football, baseball and golf, and is a Featured Columnist on Bleacher Report for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He also loves the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Twins.