Henry Abbott's Friday Lockout Bullets got me thinking about why Rambis hasn't been fired.
NBA coaches or employees can't have any contact with players. Got to believe that's a major boon for unemployed coaches (right this way, Larry Brown!) and unaffiliated private trainers and the like. Serious players will be seeking out serious help.
Right now and for the foreseeable future, teams cannot have contact with players. Coaches cannot coach players. Or else:
Teams were told by the NBA front office that any violation will draw a $1 million fine and the possible loss of draft picks, league sources told Bucher. The first warning was issued during the first round of the playoffs, two months before the lockout was implemented.
Commissioner David Stern and the NBA front office say they will not tolerate any violations.
One league source told Bucher the message from the front office is that the punishment might not be limited to a seven-figure fine.
"The league office is digging in," one GM said. "They made it clear to everyone that they're going to crack down hard on any sign of contact with the players and they said they're going to be very vigilant."
So, what if the Wolves "coach" (Rambis) stays away all summer, while somebody like, say, Quin Snyder, voluntarily holds some "training sessions," perhaps with a teamwork emphasis?
If he were to magically appear on the Wolves sidelines in 2014 or whenever the labor dispute ends, wouldn't that give the Wolves an edge over the rest of the teams who didn't hold any coached practices?