Simmons As Wolves' GM. Fans Say Yes, Ownership Says Who?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bill Simmons has been openly campaigning for the Minnesota Timberwolves open GM spot, and according to some reports, upwards of 15,000 have emailed the Wolves ownership to bring him on. Simmons has even offered to work for free (as long as he can write about the experience in a book), but that doesn't seem to be swaying the powers that be at all. Via the Star Tribune....

Just a day after I believed the Wolves had narrowed their search to former Indiana GM David Kahn, Glen Taylor and Rob Moor apparently continue it anew with a candidate in town this week.

I heard it was a candidate from within the Northwest division, possibly Portland assistant GM Tom Penn, the Blazers’ salary-capologist.

The first guy I thought of was Rex Chapman in Denver, who was with the organization for a brief time about three years ago. But it’s probably not him because he was at Nuggets practice today and I’m guessing the guy was in town today.

Sorry, but I don’t think it’s Bill Simmons, either.
Michael Rand, also of the Tribune, said that the Timberwolves are reporting that the 15K number is actually only 1.5K, but there's definitely an interest from fans. I always thought Simmons would make a great GM, as long as he didn't overdo it with the transactions. And hell, they really couldn't do any worse, could they?

Under the Big Top: And the search goes on…looking west (again) to Portland? (Star Tribune)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 4:01 PM


Referring to Minnesota as a city a couple times likely didn't help the cause.

BS knows hoops, but I don't think there is any doubt that Taylor will go in another direction. Whether it's Simmons or another GM, replacing Kevin Ollie at the point should probably be a priority.

Faux Twitter said...
May 11, 2009, 5:00:00 PM  

I think he would do a great job, but he probably will never get a chance. It seems very unlikely that a club would hand the keys over to a member of the media who has never played or worked for an NBA team. 20 or 30 years ago, this probably wouldn't be as far-fetched as it is today.

walnuts said...
May 11, 2009, 5:02:00 PM  

Simmons would evaluate players based on the style of their high-fives, and on the way they walk from the huddle from the court. He's also a racist which probably doesn't bode well for running a basketball team. Please do it Minnesota, I want to see this Isiah-sized disaster and Bill Simmons ego' reined in so the rest of the world can breathe again.

May 11, 2009, 5:28:00 PM  

Simmons is a racist? Huh, that's news to me.

For the Wolves sake, at least it would make them a story.

GMoney said...
May 11, 2009, 5:42:00 PM  

He's also a racist which probably doesn't bode well for running a basketball team.

I remember him saying that he'd build around Jefferson, Love, Brewer, Foye, 2009 No. 1 pick.


bk said...
May 11, 2009, 7:52:00 PM  

Simmons is a complete douche and when it comes down to it, doesn't know a damn thing about running a basketball team.

What GM from another team would actually want to deal with this clown?

He tried this with the Bucks a few years ago as well.

Simmons just loves himself and it is all for attention.

rondoman said...
May 11, 2009, 9:52:00 PM  

Wow, 1500 emails! Hahahaha, who cares? That's such an insignificant amount. Do you know little effort it takes to email someone?

I highly doubt that a sportswriter who has never played organized basketball above the high school level, has never dealt with pro athletes in a professional setting and has never event been in charge of anything would make a good GM. In fact, that would make him one of the least qualified GM candidates in history.

Ed James said...
May 12, 2009, 12:49:00 PM  

you think Simmons would make a great GM? ok AA.

May 12, 2009, 11:58:00 PM  
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