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I'd have stuck with McHale, but that's just me

August 9, 2009 - Per Peterson
Kurt Rambis is the Timberwolves coach, leaving me with only one thing to say: Yuck. I hope Rambis can turn this hapless franchise around, and my gut tells me he’ll be able to if given enough time. But it’s not as though he beat out a field of coaching talent to land the gig. But the real reason for my displeasure is that he’s a former Laker who’s replacing a former Celtic. I’ve been a Celtics fans since I was in grade school, mostly because my brother was. Then I learned to really appreciate players like Kevin McHale, Larry Bird and Danny Ainge — white players excelling in a sport not especially known for white players who excel. I fell in love with these players because none of them could jump, they were all pretty slow and sometimes even looked a bit clumsy. Still, they dominated in their own way. Rambis comes from the Lakers, a flashy team in the 1980s and a much faster, more athletic one than the Celtics. The more I loved the Celts, the more I loathed the Lakers. Alas, that was when basketball was basketball; it’s the NBA I want to remember, and when McHale clotheslined Rambis in the 1984 NBA Finals, it was, to me, the ultimate in rivalry bullying. A former Laker, Rambis is guilty by association, I know, but to have him replace McHale, a Boston legend … I don’t know, I just can’t root for the guy. So this is pretty much all personal. Rambis could lead this team to the playoffs this coming season for all I know, and that would be great. It would also make him coach of the decade, because I don’t know if he knows what he’s getting himself into. This Timberwolves team is bad and will be bad for at least another four to five years. Good luck, Rambis, and thank you for giving me one more reason to not watch the NBA.


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