Discussion in 'Minnesota Timberwolves' started by Lost One, Aug 7, 2009.
Guess it's time to say goodbye to Rambis.
He pretty much has the job, but the numbers are probably off. The guy who reported this, Charley Walters, is about as reliable for sports insider info as Stewie Griffin.
Awesome, hopefully kahn starts assembling a roster that has some moderate amount of talent.
What kind of coach would Kurt Rambis be? One can examine the 37 Laker games he coached a decade ago for evidence, but more meaningful might be his own comments. He offered some insight in that same 2008 interview, including:
On the triangle offense: "If the staff had their druthers, we'd be using the triangle at all times. And I think that any basketball purist would rather see more player movement, more passing, and less dribbling. The result of all that should be a quality shot: a layup, or a wide open jump shot within the player's range. Making that shot -- that just depends on the skill level of the player. But if you end up with a shot like that, the offense has accomplished its job, whether or not it goes in. On the other hand, if a player comes down and misses a shot from three-to-five feet behind the three-point line, they might say they were open, but the answer is 'yeah, but who would guard you out there?' Our objective is to penetrate the defense and find high-quality shots."
On zone defense: "With the talent level in the NBA, however, where there are a lot of quality shooters, the zone is less effective over the long haul. Those shooters spread out your zone, but the whole idea of the zone is to protect the heart of the court. But if it gets spread out, that opens the middle, and then people can pick the zone apart, get to the seams, move the ball, and attack the back side. So a zone has shock value, but it shouldn't last very long. It also makes it hard to rebound."
On player development: "I have always thought that we should not try to pigeonhole guys by putting them into specific positions. Maybe it should be more like Europe (although I haven't been to see what they actually do). Maybe we could teach everyone to dribble, pass, and shoot, regardless of size. Teach everyone to play facing the basket, or back to the basket. Teach them how to be basketball players, and then let them gravitate to what they are best suited to do."
On simple play: "When players do something of transcendent athleticism, the twist, turn, jump, pike, flip, or whatever, and they miss the shot, the crowd goes ooh, ooh, oh. But it's just a missed shot. To me a much simpler way to play the game is better. The beauty is in the ball movement, the passing, and a lot less dribbling."
On whether he'd like to be a head coach again: "Oh, absolutely. That's what I'm working towards."
Can this be Rambis' biggest rebound?
i really like everything he said. I"m excited to see what he can do with our team. Hopefully kahn helps him out with a sg that at least has potential to be a starter (I don't think ellinghton should be thrust into a starting job this year by any means).
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