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Updated: June 21st, 2011 1:24pm
No decision on Kurt Rambis: 'This is painful for everybody involved'

No decision on Kurt Rambis: 'This is painful for everybody involved'

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- David Kahn met extensively last week with Kurt Rambis, but it appears more likely than ever the Minnesota Timberwolves will conduct Thursday's draft without revealing a decision on their embattled coach's status.

Rambis wasn't in on town on Tuesday morning, when the Wolves introduced Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio to a media throng at Target Center, and isn't expected to be in the draft room on Thursday either.

However, Kahn said it would be "overthinking it" to assume those clues mean Rambis won't be back for a third season -- at least not until Kahn discusses the situation with owner Glen Taylor.

"I met with Kurt for over 6 hours over a two-day period last Thursday and Friday," Kahn said. "I thought they were very positive meetings. I have yet to, though, have an opportunity to meet with Glen since then. I do want to meet with Glen, and I'm hopeful that can occur this week.

"I've been in contact with Kurt since then, and I think that we have an understanding of where we're at in the process. I wouldn't say a comfort level, because I recognize this is painful for everybody involved, or at least awkward at a minimum. But I think we understand where we're each at, and I think that all in due time" it will be resolved.

In two seasons, Rambis is 32-132. He has two years remaining on the four-year contract he signed in August 2009, a couple of months after Kahn's first draft as president of basketball operations.

Rambis attended several of the Wolves' pre-draft workouts in recent weeks but rarely was spotted interacting with Kahn, who said on Friday that Rambis recently turned in a written report Kahn requested about the team and the changes he would make if retained.

Asked if Rambis would be on-hand for the draft, Kahn said, "I doubt it. But he's been working with me very closely on it."

It is widely believed the Wolves are reluctant to pay Rambis the remaining money on his contract while also hiring a new coach at a time the clock is ticking towards an NBA lockout.

Kahn said the Wolves' new point guard was "absolutely not" concerned about the situation when he signed last month, and Rubio handled a question about the situation diplomatically, saying that "I know they are going to take the right thing, the right choice."

Rubio met Rambis about two years ago in Spain and said the meeting was position.

"He seems like really good person," Rubio said. "Unbelievable player. Played for the Lakers. He knows a lot about basketball."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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