David Kahn has done a lot of stupid things in his two seasons as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations. There was the time he took a point guard with two consecutive lottery picks, thereby ensuring that the presence of the bad one would keep the good one from ever coming to play in the NBA. There was also the time he gave Darko Milicic $20 million, then compared him to Chris Webber while talking to Chris Webber. And let’s not forget the time he was fined $50,000 because he talked about Michael Beasley smoking reefer. Not everything he’s done has been dumb, but he’s certainly got more than a few pairs of Bad Idea Jeans.
Last night, he added another track to his greatest hits compilation — tentatively titled “Kahn Scum” — after the Timberwolves failed to get the No. 1 pick in the lottery. From ESPN:
Wolves general manager David Kahn said he knew Minnesota was “dead” when it got down to the final three of himself, Utah executive Kevin O’Connor and Nick Gilbert.
“This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines,” Kahn said. “Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.”
Whoops, you just blamed the Timberwolves’ lack of lottery luck on an NBA conspiracy that wants to make a widow and a 14-year-old born with a nerve disorder in to “some pretty incredible story lines.” Totally said that out loud, David Kahn. Oopsies.
This is yet another case of David Kahn needing to shut up. There’s not really a nicer way to put it, and he really doesn’t deserve it in this case anyway. Almost every time he opens his mouth, nonsense spews forth. Let him make all the bad decisions he wants, but him talking to anyone about anything is usually a bad idea.
That being said, it’s easy to understand how Kahn could get so upset that he’d say something as silly as this. Once he found out he wasn’t going to be able to draft another point guard, something bad was bound to happen.