Recently I read Wolver’s post “I’ve Discovered the Problem with Rambis.” Originally, this was a comment on that page, but I felt it was getting too long, and I was making too many tangential references for a comment. So, I’m trying another fan post. First of all, I have a new name here on Canis Hoopus. I used to write under the name of 123farve567-612, but with the recent events in the Minnesota Football world, I decided that that name was no longer appropriate for myself.
Anyways, I really don't see the rational for this kind of pessimistic view of Kurt Rambis. Like RB10 and SeanTO said, back in the comments of Wolver’s fanpost, if Rambis’ primary goal has always been coaching the Lakers, then coming to the Wolves was a big mistake. Also, RB10’s point about the Coach’s Circle program on FSN is huge. If Rambis really doesn't care would he be sitting around with Tubby Smith and Ron Gardenhire? Rambisis invested, and I don't think what we are seeing is his fault at all. Nor is it David Kahn's. It is the simple situation that small market teams ,that are not in desirable locations, take a bit longer to rebuild (I love Minneapolis, but the truth is some people are just afraid of the cold, man up yall, wear a dang winter coat, some gloves and a fur hat!). Mistakes are, to some extent, inevitable and the wolves have seen that first hand. McHale was unable to bring in players to complement Kevin Garnett. KG who now has thrived in Boston where he is not really even the second scoring option. Of course there are the innumerable other "mistakes", some legit like drafting Ndi Ebi, and the Brandon Roy/ Randy Foye Trade. I could even mention Ray Allen in this mix.
I would like to remind everybody that most of us were pissed off when the wolves traded OJ Mayo for Kevin Love. And although the NBA loves to laugh at David Kahn for drafting four point guards one year and then drafting/aquiring four small forwards this last year, Ricky Rubio’s rights are still ours, Ty Lawson is going to be a starter in this league when this whole Carmelo Anthony junk is finished (giving up Lawson might be one of the wolves biggest mistakes), and Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson, and Martell Webster are playing great. Mistakes really are not clear until they are revealed in history. Even with the Roy/Foye trade Wolves executives had legitimate concern about Roy’s health, which has come back to bite him (however, well after he might have become an amazing combo with Kevin Garnett).
Blaming Kurt Rambis sounds kind of silly right now. The NBA is a league of stars, Of Melo, Kobe, Shaq, Kevin Durant, LBJ, D-Wade, and so on. This combined with the strict new regulations on complaining to the refs, simply solidifies this more. Yes, Kobe can’t complain to the refs like he used to, but Kurt Rambis could get called for Technicals just as easily. Wolver claimed that Rambis wasn’t doing enough for his players when the refs were not giving them calls. Do we want to see opposing teams on the free-throw line because our head coach argued that Luke Ridnour should deserve the same respect as Tony Parker? The thing is, the wolves need to win to gain the respect of the refs, to get the calls that they “deserve.” For example, Allen Iverson’s cross over is a carry (I hated that when I played, if A.I. can do it, why the hell do I get called for it?), and KG always travels. I don’t think it will be long before the wolves earn some respect at least Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, who are proving they deserve it.
It comes down to needing to win without every call. It comes down to Basketball. It comes down to who can put the ball in the hoop. It comes down to who can stop opponents from putting the ball in the hoop. I’m optimistic that this squad can mature into a beast. Hell, we stayed with the Celtics and the Spurs and the Thunder. The wolves will get their, they just gotta grow. Their pups now, but give em a year or two and they’ll be big dogs. We can’t blame Rambis. We shouldn’t blame anyone. The wolves just need to keep working, and I happy to say, I don’t see them stopping any time soon. I believe these guys want to win, just so happens that, like the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Lions, bad teams also frequently happen to be unlucky teams.