All season, and especially since the Wolves winning streak, the collective of Canis Hoopus has been scratching their heads about player rotations. Why does coach Rambis trot out these mismatched, often incredibly weak 5 man units at seemingly critical moments during games?
Certainly, one answer could be that he simply isn't a good coach. However, it's hard to accept that, especially after his tutelage under arguably the greatest coach of all time...
Another plausible explanation is what is often termed "player development." Those of you who follow the Celtics will remember this vividly from the early years of Doc Rivers tenure. Doc Rivers is a good coach, so why was he trotting out line-ups and using all 12 guys on the bench during those lean years? Didn't the Celtics at one point lose 17 in a row? But Doc Rivers is certainly not Randy Wittman, so how did that happen? Were the Celtics that bad? Or was it Doc's player rotations? Hmmmm....
So, here is a snippet between Kahn and Rambis...
<Right after the Wolves 4 game winning streak>
Kahn: "Kurt, great job on this winning streak, wonderful coaching and our players are really meshing well."
Rambis: "Thank you David. "
Kahn: "I never thought we'd make it to 14 wins so quickly."
Rambis: "Well, the players are really starting to respond and I'm shortening my rotations."
Kahn: "Hmmmmm, I'm concerned we are not developing our younger players enough."
Rambis: "Well, we are really on a roll here, I think it is good for our team morale."
Kahn: "Morale, right... we really need to give our younger guys more time."
Rambis: "Well, that is a good idea, I've been staying up late reviewing, <ahem> other games."
Kahn: "Good, I hoped you were, you remember our goals for the season."
Rambis: "Yes, it is time to initiate operation player development"
Kahn: "Excellent Kurt, I knew I could count on you."
Kahn: "Just remember Doc Rivers had to go through this before he got his championship."
Rambis: "I tell myself that everyday."