By Jerry Zgoda
The Wolves introduced Kurt Rambis this afternoon at Target Center as their new head coach and the former Lakers assistant spoke at length about why he left sunny L.A. and a franchise that just won its 15 NBA title for Minnesota.
He also, borrowing an idea from David Kahn, wrote a letter to you Wolves fans.
Here it is…
Dear Wolves fans,
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be the head coach of the Timberwolves. I want to thank Glen Taylor and David Kahn for giving me this opportunity.
As dedicated Wolves fans, you have been through some tough seasons recently. Nobody likes losing, especially me. But when I look at the players on this team now and how we are positioned for the upcoming seasons, I am truly optimistic that we have a bright future. There is some outstanding young talent on our team — talent that we can develop and nurture.
I look forward to building this young team into a playoff contender. I enjoy getting out on the floor with young players, instructing them and doing whatever it takes to help them improve. I’ve always been a big believer that extra time put in now will pay off in the future. So my coaching staff and myself will put in whatever time is necessary to make our players better.
In my many years as a player, I had to work hard and give an all-out effort to be effective. I will ask the same of my players. We will be an aggressive, hard-working, entertaining team. I believe we can develop an exciting brand of basketball that you will enjoy watching at Target Center.
I know it’s a new situation here with new faces on the roster and probably more changes to come. I look forward to providing an atmosphere where our players can thrive — an atmosphere where our core players can grow and new players feel welcome as they are blended into our system. And I hope to create, with your help, an energized atmosphere inside Target Center that will truly make it a fun place to be.
My family and I are excited about this new challenge and looking forward to settling in the Twin Cities. I hope to get a chance to meet and talk to many of you in the coming months.