David Kahn Says New Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Must Preach Up-Tempo Game

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn gave a press conference announcing his decision to fire head coach Kurt Rambis on Tuesday afternoon. While most watching were scratching their heads at some of the things Kahn said, he did provide some explanation as to why Rambis was fired.

Kahn said the primary reason he let Rambis go was because of a philosophical difference with regards to the team's style of play.

"We need to find somebody who perhaps is better prepared to coach an uptempo style on both ends of the floor," Kahn said.

It's not exactly clear what he means, since the Timberwolves played at the league's fastest pace last season. Kahn spoke about the need for the new coach to have an "up-tempo DNA," and said it became uncomfortable for him to try to force the style on Rambis.

Kahn also took the blame for dragging the process out and not firing Rambis immediately, saying he felt at the time that it would be best for the two of them to not speak for a while after the season. He officially made the decision on Monday morning, and the only hold-up was over whether Rambis would take a front-office job. Kahn has yet to begin a search for a new coach, but said several coaches have already expressed interest in the position.

For more on Rambis' firing, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.

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