NEW YORK — Ricky Rubio has finally touched ground in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves have the No. 2 pick in Thursday night’s Draft and the leverage that comes with it.
Even the biggest skeptic would have to admit that the future looks good with the core of a young team coming together quite nicely, anchored by All-Star power forward Kevin Love and a hard-to-guard small forward like Michael Beasley.
The only thing missing from this pretty picture is a coach to pull it all together. Kurt Rambis is still waiting to find out his fate, those two years remaining on his contract clearly don’t guarantee he’ll get the chance to help manage Rubio’s transition to the NBA.
Timberwloves boss David Kahn met with Rambis for six hours last week but said yesterday he needs more time. Kahn wants to talk with owner Glen Taylor and to make a final decision on the fate of Rambis.
Months have passed since the Timberwloves’ season ended. A six-hour meeting, a book report on the season and you still need time to figure this out?
“I recognize that this is painful for everybody involved, or at least awkward at a minimum,” Kahn said. “But I think we understand where we’re at. All in due time.”
Rambis deserves better than this. He at least deserves the courtesy of being dismissed in a timely fashion, if that is the outcome of all of these meetings and reports needed to evaluate a coach who has compiled a 32-132 record in his first two seasons on the job, two seasons with a roster that Phil Jackson likely couldn’t have coached to any more wins than what Rambis did.
By the time we hear the reasoning behind this lengthy delay in a concrete decision on Rambis, it won’t matter. The damage is already done. If they are dumping him, this was just a tasteless way of doing it. And if he is allowed to return for a third season, the confidence inspired by a nearly three-month deliberation …
Like we said, Rambis (and any other coach in his situation) deserves better than this.