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SBNation Ranks The NBA Coaches

The good folks at SBNation.com have taken the time to analyze the NBA coaches and rank them from the best all the way to the worst. Well, not really the worst. There are four new coaches this year, and the declaration was made that they’d be the bottom four because. . .well, they have no track record yet.

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So, it should comfort everyone to know that Timberwolves’ head coach Kurt Rambis comes in as number 26 on the list. Let’s see. . .30 NBA head coaches, four new guys at the bottom leaves. . .26.

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Crap.

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Kurt Rambis is a classic example of why you often can’t go from respected assistant to head man in this league. He got a second chance at a head coaching job for the Timberwolves after emerging as Phil Jackson’s defensive guru in Los Angeles, but his first season in Minnesota was a disaster. Rambis tried to install the Triangle Offense with a team that could not have been a worse fit, and he strangely played his best and most coachable player, Kevin Love, less than 30 minutes a game. Rambis was definitely dealt a bad hand with that roster, but he made it worse. His previous head coaching experience was an uninspiring half-season babysitting the talented, but undisciplined 1999 Lakers, which also doesn’t inspire confidence.

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Well. . .yeah, I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.