Ronzone shuffles

Benjamin Polk —  September 4, 2011 — 8 Comments

So while I spent the early part of Labor Day weekend attempting to avoid being devoured by hawks and bears and mountain lions in the wilds of western New Mexico, Tony Ronzone and the Wolves went and “parted ways.” Jerks. Here’s what the AP has to say about it:

Philosophical differences between Kahn and Ronzone on the direction of the franchise started to surface around draft time in June and may have contributed to the split. It remains unclear what the Timberwolves will do, if anything, to replace Ronzone going forward.

Ah, good ol’ “philosophical differences.” Friends, this troubles me in a number of ways. It had always seemed to me that the two people in the Wolves’ upper-echelon who really, deeply knew the game were Kurt Rambis and Ronzone. Through all the surreality of the past year, it was nice to know that, somewhere near the top of the chain, was a guy whose decisions were based on things like data and close observation and experience.  Now they are both gone and, as commenter Mac says, Kahn has “nobody left to fire other than himself and the owner.”

Let’s be clear; we don’t know what these “philosophical differences” really amounted to.  But it is beginning to look like Kahn has a pretty generous view of his own expertise. The man seems to believe that he has a vision, but that vision is as inscrutable as ever.

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8 responses to Ronzone shuffles

  1. I can tell you what one of those “philosphical differences” were: why the fcuk did kahn waste all his draft picks on point guards?

  2. Inside source tells me at least some of this was “family related.” I know that’s a cliche excuse a lot of the time, but it applies here. Plus he didn’t like working with the KAHNman. Ugh. Sucks.

  3. Nobody left to fire but himself? Looks that way, if the Wolves show no improvement in the first couple of month next season (if there is one), he’ll be gone. So really, I guess I’m hoping for the worst because he needs to be out of here.

  4. Seconded… although I’m not “hoping” for the worst. But if/when we suck, hopefully Kahn will FINALLY be gone.

  5. Ya, but for all their basketball acumen:
    Rambis = 32 wins.
    Ronzone = 17 wins.
    Kahn = don’t know, don’t really care

    I can honestly say that I like Ronzone, that I wouldn’t be opposed to giving him a shot at being GM, but that I can’t think of any particular move that he championed that made me think that we Terry Ryan’d the competition. Darko? Wes? Any of these second rounders from Europe? If we look at the evidence, none of these guys knew what they were doing. That’s why they were gettable, that’s why they were allowed to leave. To quote the WCCO dude, ‘That’s reality check.’

  6. Perhaps the only reason Kahn hired Ronzone in the first place was to make a grand gesture to Rubio and his camp that the Wolves were serious about drafting and developing Euros, so once they signed Rubio, Kahn decided Ronzone had served his purpose which was to give Kahn enough credibility in the eyes of Rubio and his camp to secure his prize. My guess is that it was a combination of things (1) he got Rubio which was all he really wanted out of his vaunted overseas development plan and (2) Kahn became generally disenchanted with the other Euros they signed and had one of his characteristic snap changes of heart. Either way, it’s a good thing they assembled some talent on the court over the past two seasons because the talent in the front office has been depleted by about the same amount.

  7. Losing Ronzone will go down as another huge mistake for the Wolves franchise. He was the only person who knew what he was doing there. Rubio would never have signed if he knew Tony was going to leave. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

    Ronzone will land on his feet much easier than the Wolves.

  8. I am usually an optimist, but in the case of the wolves I’ve watch for too long to be able to be one. I do believe we will start badly next season, whenever that is, and still Kahn won’t be fired. Don’t forget that McHale was allowed to overstay his welcome for years. Kahn has only been here two years so far. I do hope that he will be fired soon, but for that to happen Taylor will first have to grow a pair of balls.

    Ronzone leaving smells of he couldn’t stand Kahn’s grandstanding anymore and told Kahn what he can do to himself and Kahn fired him.

    Considering Rubios record so far in the Eurobasket, I’m afraid I don’t have much faith in him for the wolves. Let’s hope I’m wrong about Kahn’s firing and Rubio’s presumed excellence.

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