UPDATE: Another candidate that’s being thrown out their is Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff—the father of current Wolves assistant J.B. Bickerstaff. The idea being J.B. would take over in a couple years with help from his father.
UPDATE: Lorenzo Romar reportedly didn’t want to speak to the Wolves about the job when asked about it. ”I love Seattle. My wife loves Seattle and it’s a place that when we first got there—even though some were skeptical—I thought it was a place where we could be successful. It’s awkward, maybe, more than flattering. For one, there is a current coach there. So that makes it awkward.” Romar told the Seattle Times—obviously before word of Rambis’ firing ‘broke’.
According to Yahoo! Sports, league sources have said: David Kahn has decided to fire head coach Kurt Rambis!
It’s expected Kahn will not make this official until after tomorrow’s NBA Draft, however, he’s apparently already begun looking at replacements.
One such candidate is apparently: Lorenzo Romar (coach from University of Washington). However, the Wolves are behind after numerous other teams have hired replacements, it may be slim pickings-LA Lakers: Mike Brown, Raptors: Dwayne Casey (a coach the Wolves were VERY interested in having return), Warriors: Mark Jackson, Rockets: Kevin McHale (Kahn wouldn’t be dumb enough to re-hire him after firing him 2 years ago…right?), Indiana making Frank Vogel their official coach and also, with the Pistons still looking at coaches like Kelvin Sampson, Mike Woodson & Lawrence Frank.
I would really like to see the Wolves take careful looks at such candidates as: Kelvin Sampson, Lawrence Frank, Mike Woodson, Patrick Ewing, Sam Mitchell and/or Mike Budenholzer. Information on all these coaches can be found within the link at the bottom of this post.
Kahn has wanted Rambis to be more of a communicator with the team as well as with him and apparently their relationship had seriously deteriorated this past year. Kahn also wanted Rambis to change his offensive & defensive systems, giving the Wolves a more open-court system for their new point guard Ricky Rubio, to roam free in, rather than the complex triangle—that reportedly, not all the players even learned—AFTER TWO YEARS! His uneasy relationship with Kevin Love—the Wolves current ‘face of the franchise’ doesn’t help his cause either. Neither did the 32-132 record!
As stated before, Kahn isn’t expected to make this official until after tomorrow’s draft, but it looks as though Kurt Rambis’ time in Minny has come to an end.
ALSO!!! If you haven’t seen the April 23rd post on this site of possible coaching options for the Wolves, you should definitely check it out, link is down below (of course a few of those names have found destinations already).
That’s all for now, get ready for tomorrow’s draft as we’ll have up-to-the-minute updates throughout the night. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!