HoopsHype Kurt Rambis rumors

November 10, 2012 Updates

In fact, Jackson wanted to get back into coaching last summer if the Knicks hadn't decided to sign then-interim coach Mike Woodson to a long-term deal, according to a person with connections to Jackson. Jackson was prepared to bring former assistant and current TV analyst Kurt Rambis with him to New York if the Knicks had approached him about the job, the person said. CBSSports.com

Jackson would have his choice of key former assistants, including Rambis, if his reunion with the Lakers became a reality. ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Friday that Jackson is open to a return to the NBA sidelines and has kept abreast of developments with the Lakers and around the league. CBSSports.com

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Kurt Rambis: Congrats to #Lakers Pau Gasol & Spain on winning Silver. Great to know that Basketball is loved by sports fans worldwide #Olympics @Pau Gasol Twitter

April 6, 2012 Updates

Rambis travels to ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters every two weeks or so, where he watches highlights and critiques games from the comfort of a warm room. He says it's been fulfilling to see the Timberwolves' improvement ("I like to think I helped some of the guys," he says), and fascinating to watch Jeremy Lin's odd journey. "The great part of my job is that I'm invested without being invested," he says. "I go home at night and I'm not emotionally drained." And yet ... Rambis says, "I miss being emotionally drained." SI.com

December 5, 2011 Updates

Love says he's happy in Minnesota and would like to stay, but the mandate for the front office after last season was obvious -- improve this train wreck of a team. So Kahn fired Kurt Rambis and replaced him with Adelman, who brings 945 career victories to the locker room. That was a good start. How fast Rubio and Williams become regular contributors to the rotation will surely play a big part in Love's thinking, too. But for now ... "I will put on a few lbs and redistribute as muscle now," Love said in his text. "I feel great. Now just need to get (my) cardio up before camp." NBA.com

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That skepticism appears to be based on the failure of coaches other than Jackson to implement his offense of intricate team play. Jackson's assistants -- Jim Cleamons (with the Mavericks from 1996-98) and Kurt Rambis (with the Timberwolves from 2009-11) -- tried and failed to install it elsewhere. "I interviewed Brian four years ago and we talked about that," Bird said. "He said, 'I like the triangle, it's great, but you've got to have the right players to run it. I would use part of it, but it's according to the talent that we have. You've got to have the right guys.' " SI.com

July 23, 2011 Updates

What are your feelings about the Kurt Rambis firing? Kevin Love: It is a business and I had a good relationship with Kurt. I wish him well in his future endeavors. He’s been around a plethora of winning. He was with the showtime Lakers with the funky goggles and shaggy hair all the way to being an assistant with the Lakers as well. He will get a job. He’s articulate and I learned a lot from him. I wish him the best. Business always comes first and that’s what the front office decided to do. SLAM

July 14, 2011 Updates

He brought elements of mentor Phil Jackson’s mysterious triangle offense with him from Los Angeles. It turned out to be a mismatch of system and philosophy with a young team that never seemed to fully grasp or believe in it. “I never really thought the offense was a problem, the defensive side was,” Tolliver said. “We scored enough points to win games. We struggled with the ability to get easy buckets in crunch time, but our main problem was the defensive end. Whoever they bring in next, it’s really important that they be a defensive coach.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

But this is a roster built for offense, isn’t it? “We do have a lot of firepower,” Tolliver said. “But at the end of the day, in order to win you have to play defense. No one ever won by just scoring…I think we did spend enough time on it. Kurt definitely taught it and we did it in practice, but with different coaches’ styles and different coaching personalities, sometimes certain people respond in different ways to different people. “I don’t think his message ever got across to some of the people. To some of us, it did. Some guys bought in and some guys didn’t.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 13, 2011 Updates

Kevin Love joined ESPN Radio with Scott Van Pelt and Kevin Negandhi to talk about Kurt Rambis getting fired, whether or not he saw this move coming, what kind of coach Minnesota needs moving forward, what he expects from Ricky Rubio, and if he would consider playing overseas. On Kurt Rambis getting fired: “Definitely wish the best for Kurt. He was a player’s coach, guys loved playing for him, and only wish him the best from here on out in his endeavors.” Whether or not he knew this move was coming: “I wouldn’t say I necessarily knew. I think most of the guys on the team looked at it as his status in limbo. Didn’t actually know what was going to happen. I think either way it was good to have a decision made by our front office. We’ll be looking for a new coach, but like I said I wish the bets for Kurt because he’s a great guy, a great coach to be around, and has that winning mentality. He will be picked up somewhere else.” Sports Radio Interviews

The Timberwolves are changing coaches for the sixth time since 2005, hoping to land someone who can give them the style of play - and success - Kurt Rambis could not. After officially firing Rambis on Tuesday following two disastrous seasons, Wolves President David Kahn said Minnesota's next bench boss would be charged with molding the league's youngest roster into an aggressive team that dictates the play to opponents. "I think we'll have a thorough search, and I think we'll find somebody who really embraces the notion of wanting to play an up-tempo style on both sides of the floor - both sides - and somebody who really connects well with young players," he said at a news conference Tuesday. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Kevin Love blossomed into an NBA all-star, and Michael Beasley showed flashes of the potential that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft. But the Wolves seemed to regress at the end of the season, losing their final 15 games. The club's 101-points-per-game average made it a top-10 offense, but no team turned over the ball more (17 times per game) than the Wolves, who also were the NBA's worst defensive team. "I think last year it was confusing to me at times that we probably weren't pushing the open-court style as much as I think we had first envisioned when I spoke to (Rambis) two years ago," Kahn said. "My relationship to the coach is not nearly as important as the players' relationship with the coach. And I think that needs to be a focal point going forward. I'm much more concerned for these young players that they have somebody that they can connect with." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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