Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ricky Rubio, David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves

There may not be another GM-Player combination whose destinies are more entwined than David Kahn and Ricky Rubio. Quite simply, if Rubio succeeds, Kahn keeps his job. If he fails, Kahn is canned.

However, Kahn should be worried that his supposed franchise player shot just 32 percent from the field in last year's World Basketball Championships to go with only five points and five assists. The Euro-game is very different from the U.S. so the low points and assists do not bother me, but the field goal percentage is a huge red flag.

Recent rumors point to Don Nelson as the new coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. If it comes true, I like this pick. Nelson is synonymous with taking destitute franchises and making them exciting and competitive. He did it in Dallas and then again with the Golden State Warriors.

Furthermore, Minnesota’s five best players are by far Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams and Kevin Love.

Athletic, undersized and really able to put the biscuit in the basket, there is no team in the NBA more suited for Nellieball, and no team that needs the all-time coaching wins leader more than the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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