David Kahn Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Suggesting Lottery is Fixed

At some point on Tuesday night, the discussion about the NBA draft lottery shifted away from the Cleveland Cavaliers winning two of the top four picks in the draft to David Kahn’s humorous accusation. Kahn, the Timberwolves GM, is known for making asinine remarks such as his assertion that Darko Milicic was similar to Chris Webber. After Webber expressed indignation with the comments, Kahn called him a schmuck. No surprise the notorious mouth of Kahn has opened once again, and this time it let out some words that will likely involve a six-figure fine by NBA commissioner David Stern.

After ending up with the second overall pick despite being the favorite to receive the top overall pick (they had a 25% chance to win the lottery), Kahn said “This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines. 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.”

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Darko Milicic Will Never Be an All-Star, Sorry David Kahn

Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic was infamously picked second overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, ahead of superstars like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Detroit GM Joe Dumars pulled the trigger on Darko ahead of even Chris Kaman, David West and Mo Williams — all solid contributors who have made All-Star teams. Milicic has career averages of 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, or the elusive career triple-single. During Monday’s Timberwolves-Celtics game, Minnesota President of Basketball Operations David Kahn had this to say about Milicic’s future:

There’s no way. While Milicic is having a “career” year, that’s not saying a lot. This season he’s averaging career highs in points, blocks and assists per game with 9.3, 2.3 and 1.9 respectively. He’s only 25, but in his eighth year in the league it seems like he is what he is — a bust. He’s not the first high draft pick not to pan-out and won’t be the last, but he’s never shown anything to the contrary.

This also isn’t the first time Kahn has made ridiculous statements about Milicic. Kahn and former NBA superstar Chris Webber had an interesting conversation about Milicic last summer, and Kahn was not very happy about it.

Thanks to YouTube user blazersedgeben for the video.

David Kahn: Chris Webber’s a ‘Schmuck’

I guess it’s name-calling day. Earlier we told you about Glen Beck calling Brian Urlacher a neo-Nazi. Now, we get a continuance of the war of the words that has rapidly developed between Chris Webber and Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn. The latest jab was thrown by Kahn on KSTP radio in Minneapolis, when he called Webber a “schmuck”. Check out Kahn’s comments, courtesy of The Big Lead:

He’s kind of a schmuck, isn’t he? Methinks that he spent a lot of time on NBA TV with a former Timberwolves person and he seemed to come into the interview with an agenda. Tough questions are fine, but I felt like was a little defensive about some of the things.”

The comments were in response to the buzz that’s been created over an NBA TV interview during which Kahn compared Darko Milicic to Webber.  C-Web doesn’t seem to be a big fan of what Kahn has done for the Timberwolves as a franchise and I tend to agree with him, as evidenced by my opinion on the dealing of Al Jefferson.   I also can’t blame Webber for being miffed that a front office figure thinks Milicic is comparable to him as a player.

I don’t know about having an agenda, but it seems to me Webber has a legitimate beef.  Couple that with the fact that he has very little respect for Kahn as a GM, and I don’t think he needs any type of agenda to get defensive.  Something tells me C-Web will fire back.  Stay tuned.

Timberwolves GM David Kahn Calls Chris Webber a Schmuck [The Big Lead]

David Kahn: We Knew Ricky Rubio Wouldn’t Come This Year

ricky-rubioA few months into the season and the big debate that occurred on draft day regarding the Timberwolves has been pushed aside in favor of more current topics. Still, Minnesota is struggling at 3-17 while their top draft pick is playing bacll in Spain, and their other top pick is being overshadowed by a player selected lower in the draft. Timberwolves GM David Kahn answered some questions about their highly publicized draft for Hoops World. This comment stood out:

“I felt then, as I feel now, (drafting Rubio) was the best thing for us to do in terms of our long-term future,” Kahn asserted. “The only other choice that could have been made, I felt, at that moment… well, there were two others. We could have done Stephen Curry, and we were considering DeMar DeRozan. Stephen, as you know, was also a point guard, so there was sort of the same issue there. DeMar is a wing who I think has a lot of talent and a really bright future, but at the end of the day I really felt that for our future Rubio was the best pick. And I knew that he probably wasn’t going to come right away. I was told that morning that it was going to be at least a year. Even with the wait, we thought it was the best thing for us to do. I surely do feel the same way today.”

Kahn may remain confident that this was the right move but I still have several questions. For one, you can start with his choice of Jonny Flynn 6th overall. I’m still not convinced Ty Lawson or Brandon Jennings aren’t better point guards and both were available. Next, it’s not like they used a late second round pick on Rubio and stashed him away in Europe for a few years the way the Spurs did with Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola. This was a high profile top-five pick and the Timberwolves desperately needed to turn their franchise around. I really don’t think they could afford to wait on Rubio and get nothing out of the pick, especially considering they traded away Mike Miller and Randy Foye for the extra selection. I realize things would look better for Minnesota if they had Al Jefferson and Kevin Love healthy this whole time, but imagine them with Brandon Jennings and Steph Curry on their team instead of Jonny Flynn. It’s too early to say they got the draft flat out wrong, but I know they could have done better.

via The Baseline

Kevin Love on Timberwolves Taking Three Point Guards ‘What Are We Doing?’

Heads were being scratched when the Timberwolves took point guards with their back-to-back picks at five and six in the draft. First they went with Spanish guard Ricky Rubio at five and then they took Syracuse guard Johnny Flynn sixth overall. The Rubio selection prompted Minnesota forward Kevin Love to say “great pick” and then he said “dont sleep on flynn people” after the Flynn pick, all on his twitter feed. As if taking both those guys wasn’t enough, they really had people questioning their sanity when they took yet a third point guard with the 18th overall pick, Ty Lawson. Love’s reaction was predictable, and pricless:

what are we doing????????????????? omg we better trade….what are we doing??????????? i dont even know

Be careful what you wish for….i love ty lawson but all point guards?

tweeting on emotion…i need to stay away from the update button…but this is a lot of point guard

I was equally surprised, but I didn’t have the same reaction — I immediately figured they had a trade worked out and that’s why they took the first two guards. They’ll probably keep Flynn and deal Rubio and then let Lawson battle Flynn for the starting job. I’m guessing they went Lawson because he was the best player on their board, so I don’t mind the pick. Honestly though, I figured they had a trade ready to be announced at the same time they made the selection and I’m surprised they haven’t made a move yet. UPDATE: They traded Lawson to Denver.

Thanks to LBS hand Botros for the Love tip. (wow, does that sound awkward or what??)