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.

Comments (16)

  1. What a jerk. What is it with the Wolves and having bad GM’s? The sooner the Wolves pick shows up the better, because god help us if he picks Kyrie Irivng with the first overall pick.

  2. Suddenly, I feel a bit better about the Raptors keeping Colangelo. Kahn proves that things could actually be worse.

  3. The Wolves were founded in 1989. They’ve been in the NBA for 22 years. They have been in the draft lottery for 14 of those 22 years. Kahn sucks, but this teams has problems that extends far beyond him. We need to start moving some blame upward towards Glen Taylor.

  4. I’m sure Kahn could try to trade his pick for Utah’s 2 picks…and keep his dream of a lineup of all point guards alive.

  5. Go watch the video of his comments, it starts around 1:50 mark or so.


    Kahn is a moron and awful at his job but to be fair, these quotes were in jest.

    As a Wizards fan, I felt like when Gilbert had his kid out there that luck would be on the Cavs side too.

    The outrage over these quotes is not really warranted.


  7. While Kahn’s comments are far worse when taken out of context, I think we can all agree that he is a terrible stand-up comedian. He should stick to ruining NBA franchises with miserable personnel decisions.

  8. Just have to point out that this is possibly the greatest TBJ photoshop of all time. I’m a huge fan of the bleak minimalist design, to say nothing of the way the words cut through the crap and give us a grim picture of the landscape of Kahn’s withered, bitter soul.

  9. He speaks the truth. This shit was rigged. Next year the raptors better roll out a 2 year old challenged kid for the win! lol

  10. I’ll side with the T’Wolves here. I’m a Bulls fan. I have seen the story lines every year that Kahn is talking about (Derrick Rose being drafted by his hometown team to spark a city that forgot about basketball 10 years prior). You have to think about this, Clevelend got absolutely $#!7 on last year when the NBA allowed the unproven one to host an hour special of him taking a $#!7 on Cleveland. The NBA needed Cleveland, a strong basketball market, with two picks in the first 4 to rebuild.

    Kahn should have bit his tongue because it paints him as an idiot, but, he has a very interesting point. The lottery is commissioned behind close doors by the NBA and their marketing company. The NBA is the only league that has a loophole to let them decide who gets the first draft pick. I wonder if E&Y thought it was a good marketing move to put some talent back on Cleveland.

  11. Even if it was rigged, Cavs deserve the pick after the way Lebronedict Arnold treated them last summer. Call it a conspiracy or simply just karma. I hope the Raps take a PG (either Kemba or Brandon Knight), and Bryan PLEASE I BEG OF YOU, NO MORE EURO STIFFS!

  12. He isn’t blaming a sick child for losing the lottery. Kahn is blaming the NBA. LEARN TO WRITE A NON-SENSATIONALIST TITLE. Although if you keep this bullshit up, you might be a shoe-in at Fox News.

  13. @Paul Milou The cavs deserve it more than the raptors? NO…. Atleast they had lebron for 7 years we had chris bosh and still sucked balls. We lost him as well.. WE DESERVE IT! Fuck kemba and knight.. they have the potential to be tops 14th best point guard in the league. We need to draft on upside Bismack biyombo FOR THE WIN! Lets go for the homerun pick and focus on a great 2012 draft class.

  14. Jdolla u can’t compare Bosh to LBJ. Lebron is a bonafide superstar, Bosh is a complementary piece. He gave us 2 first round exits in 7 years, as far as I’m concerned, good riddance. Him leaving is better for the Raps than esigning him to max money and 3-5 more years of mediocrity.Obviously I wish the Raps got the first pick but Cavs gettin it to me is next best thing. Finally don’t sleep on Knight and Walker. Biyombo is intriguing though (7’7 wingspan WUT!).

  15. i just think we have a better point guard prospect in bayless… Us raptor fans are dying here.. we need something good to happen to US!

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