Alright, now that the reports have surfaced that Coach Kurt Rambis will be relieved of his duties, we can all rejoice or mourn the loss within the coming weeks. I, for one, had high hopes for "Phil Jackson lite" and actually wanted him to coach again this year to prove that he is a good coach. But I guess he really isn't very good, and so we move on.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that we are really high on Lorenzo Romar, coach at the University of Washington. Immediately, I was frustrated. but after reading up on him, on the always trustworthy Wikipedia, my frustrations were alleviated.
Romar is credited for turning around the sagging fortunes of the University of Washington basketball program and generating new enthusiasm for the program. In 2004, Washington qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. In 2005, Washington won the Pac-10 Tournament and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies made their way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1998 but were ousted by Louisville 93-79. In 2006, Washington earned a second consecutive appearance to the Sweet Sixteen before losing in overtime to Connecticut 98-92.
Romar is known by his fellow coaches as one of the top basketball recruiters in the country. Additionally, he is respected as a genuine and optimistic person and was once voted "the opposing coach players would most like to play for" in a Pac-10 poll. In March 2006, Romar was given the prestigious Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" award for outstanding character.
On March 9, 2009, the Pac 10 conference announced that Lorenzo Romar was named coach of the year, for leading the Huskies to their first outright conference title since 1953.
So he seems like a pretty worthy candidate. I would rather have him on the sideline than Bernie Bickerstaff on the Portland Trailblazers staff, who is also said to be a candidate since his son J.B. is on Rambis' staff. But, my choice would be Larry Brown, who contacted the Wolves not so long ago. Now, obviously, Brown wouldn't be a long term choice since he's known for rebuilding teams and leaving immediately. But, I have a feeling that Brown wouldn't mind staying with the Wolves 'til the end of his career. Maybe its finally time for him to settle down, and if he can teach our young team how to play defense, especially Beasley, we'll be a playoff contender within two years, as Brown's record shows.
So what do you guys think?
By the way, props to King Kahn for a great week. Signing Rubio. Firing Kahn. And hopefully making moves with the number 2 pick. Nice