Kurt Rambis Fired By Timberwolves

July 13, 2011

Kurt Rambis has been fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former Los Angeles Lakers player and assistant coach saw the Minnesota Timberwolves end their season with a 17-65 record, the worst team in the league last season. During Rambis’ tenure, he had a 32-132 record during his two seasons with the team. The firing certainly comes as no surprise.

Kurt Rambis

Rambis was hired by the Timberwolves back in 2009, leaving his cushy job as an Assistant Coach with the Lakers. Rambis signed a four year deal worth $8 million. So with Rambis out, Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves, bites the bullet with the remaining two years of his contract and the $4 million.

Here is an excerpt of the statement Rambis gave to the Associated Press after he was fired:

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has given me. During my years working with coaches Jackson, (Pat) Riley and (Cotton) Fitzsimmons, I learned all about the ups and downs of this sport. And today is one of the down days.

…the future of this franchise should be a bright one, and I am thankful for the chance I had, to play a part in shaping that future.”

Any thoughts on who should take over? While several news outlets report that Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff is a candidate, ESPN has reportedly thrown Don Nelson into the mix, citing sources close to the situation that he is interested in the job. Hmmm, some Nellie Ball in Minnesota? Could he possibly come out of retirement and leave those beautiful beaches in Maui?

While Nelson has had the most wins as a coach in NBA history, let’s remember that he is 71 years old. How long can he stick around to see this team rebuild? Anyways, we’ll see what happens. This should be very interesting, eh? Leave me your thoughts below!

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