I’m pretty sure that the Mayans were confused when they found a prediction saying that a bespectacled one would lead the Timberwolves. However, I think I have figured out that prophecy at least, former Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis is believed to be the new head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed a report that Rambis will sign a deal for four years up to eight million dollars. Rambis who was an assistant with the Los Angleles Lakers during their championship run last season. Rambis coached the team in 1998-1999 after Del Harris was fired to a 24-13 record and that team eventually lost in the semifinal round of the NBA playoffs.
The one positive in the gig for Rambis is that he has a fair amount of talent around him from Kevin Love, Al Jefferson, etc. So, he is not completely going to a rebuilding project but the Timberwolves has been oh-so awful even since Kevin Garnett moved to Boston. He also has to deal with whether or not Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio will be playing with the team this year or not.
However, this might be a solid jumping-off point for Rambis who was part of those great “Showtime” Lakers teams in the 1980’s. He might inherit a situation much like Nate McMillan did with the Portland Trail Blazers a few years ago when the team was desperately trying to piece together a contending team and now they look to be a perennial contender in the West.
One thing you can say about Rambis is he will install a “toughness” that he once had in his playing career which I something that the team desperately needs. The Timberwolves can only be better under Rambis and it would not surprise me to see this team down the road, make a solid playoff run.
(Courtesy of NBA Fanhouse)