Kurt Rambis was fired by David Kahn yesterday. It’s mid July at this point, so why wait? Kahn was on Bill Simmon’s BS Report late in June, and was typically cagey about Rambis’ future. Instead of being up front about his plans, Kahn let Rambis mull his time in Minnesota for a few months before finally canning him early Tuesday. If you think Kahn was merely weighing his options, listen to what Kevin Love (he who sparked the #FreeLove movement on twitter when Rambis wasn’t playing him very much earlier in the 2010-2011 season):
Via Eye on Basketball:
"(Rambis) was put in limbo for a while by our front office. They took their time and weighted all their options. Kurt’s going to find another opportunity. He’s going to get another job soon."
I hope he does. The Triangle is a difficult offense to teach even the most experienced players (let alone Minnesota’s young squad), but Rambis is smart and was at the side of the Zen Master as he grew into the coach he is today. I have faith he’ll be a solid coach somewhere in the future.
The point of all this is Rambis wasn’t informed until yesterday. David Kahn dragged the whole decision-making process out, and treated an NBA lifer like some schmuck off the street. Even Kevin Love thought they shuffled around too long.
When is David Kahn going to coach, so we can really write some vitriol?
[Eye on Basketbal; h/t Pro Basketball Talk; pic via Red’s Army]