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Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

Jul 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

david-kahn.jpgDavid Kahn is the king of unintentional comedy.

Remember back during Summer League, when Kahn sat down for an in-game interview with NBA TV and Chris Webber? And Kahn defended his signing of Darko Milicic by comparing him with Webber and asking Webber how long it took him to find his game in the NBA? That would be 17 and 9, Rookie of the Year Chris Webber. And it just got weirder from there. Ahh, good times.

That video became a bit of a sensation among basketball fans and was passed among friends at Summer League. Kahn went on ESPN 1500 Twin Cities today and this is what he said about Webber (as transcribed by the Star Tribune).

“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.”

Webber was the schmuck? Webber was defensive? Does Kahn realize which one he was in the interview? Did Kahn really use “methinks” in an interview? Wow. I bet the sky is a really pretty shade of purple in Kahn’s world. Personally, I thought Webber was pretty controlled through all of that.

Best part is, this wasn’t even the craziest thing he said in that same interview. He’s this funny, and he’s not even trying.

  1. Lopes - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    WOW. Just wow…

  2. Zack - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    What a joke

  3. Jabberwocky - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    If he (me) thinks Webber is a schmuck, he must be retarded. Nice attempt at the english language buddy. Seriously, how do people like him end up with great jobs like being a NBA GM?

  4. Young Reezy - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    All Chris Webber asked, and not in a rude kinda way, is don’t try to compare Darco to me, in any sense. And he’s most certainly correct in that. As the piece states, Webber was 17 and 9 as rookie of the year, so whatever point Mr. Kahn was trying to make in comparing the two of them was about as assanine as the moves the Timberwolves have been making since he took over.

  5. siouxjv - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    The bias towards Kahn never ceases to amaze. Webber came out of the gates in that interview like a complete prick. Just because he was an NBA star doesn’t excuse him from being an ass

  6. Sean - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Kahn is perceived to be a fool because he is a fool. What exactly has he done that merits praise? Drafting and signing 40 point guards to play in a system (the Triangle) that doesn’t require strong point-guard play? Trading for Michael Beasley, who Pat Riley essentially gave away in order to clear cap space? Giving Darko another chance and overpaying a second-round pick? Giving away Al Jefferson for what will probably be two low draft picks and the immortal Kostas Koufos?
    Look, I have nothing against T’wolves fans at all, and I’d love to see Minnesota in contention again. But this self-delusion about Kahn needs to stop; the franchise is going in the wrong direction with him aboard, and I hope Glen Taylor realizes this sooner than later.

  7. Chris Wallace - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    I used to think I was the stupidest GM, but Kahn is sure giving me a run for my money.

  8. D - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    The more I read of Kurt’s “writing”, the more I realize just how horribly amateurish it is.

  9. Pat - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Nobody bothered to listen to the interview, Kahn was laughing about the situation as he said those things. Plus, Webber was a total prick during that thing, it was very clear Khan was not talking about stats or even individual performance, more about getting comfortable in the league. You people are all idiots for being so easily misled by lazy writers like this guy.

  10. nine_days - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    First, Webber does not understand analogies are never perfect. Second, I don’t think he’s that good of a player to be offended by what Kahn has said.

  11. Rob - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    I agree Pat, who the hell Chris Webber thinks he is?

  12. Mr. Shmuck - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Yo mama is so bad at basketball that Chris Webb got offended when their names were used in the same sentence!

  13. Michael Jordan - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Even I did not get offended when I’m being compared to Lebron

  14. Salty - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Webbers always upset about something. He is a little to sensative and he has a short fuse.

  15. Francisco - Jul 23, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    In 16 years, c-webb averaged 20 and 10. In 7 years, darko has proven to be the dumbest pick of the 03 draft, and averaged 6 points and 4 boards. Chris webber is allowed to get as offended as he wants.

  16. Matt - Jul 23, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Oh just shut up Helin, it’s obvious you too have an agenda.
    Webber was totally aggressive in that interview.. he jumped on him early and often to try to look like a big tough guy with his questions.
    You hate Kahn, we get it.
    I love Kahn, love the hell out what he is doing for this team.

  17. jn - Jul 23, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    I must admit that my appreciation for Webber as an interviewer went up a notch when he managed not to burst out laughing in Kahn’s face. The worst part was when Kahn realized he had lost his footing, and instead of retracting his ill-conceived comparison he tried to go on for glory.

  18. It's amazing - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    It’s amazing how many people that actually know about basketball still regurgitate this BS. Poor writing and even worse research. Apparently the “spin” on the interview is working because people are eating it up, but it’s just not true.
    Kahn was referring to how Webber took a couple teams before he got one he was comfortable with, which is true. He wasn’t comparing talent level at all. Get it through your heads. It’s simply not true. If it was Pritchard or Morey, people would have been making fun of Webber for saying that stupid, self-righteous nonsense. Ugh.

  19. LS - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    are all these writers just jealous that kahn (a former sports writer) got a job that they all wish they had so they have to talk trash and try to bring him down? kurt helin seems like a real one sided prick about him…yeah we get that you don’t like him but see it from all angles you tard. c webb used to be one of my favorite players but he was a schmuck in that interview because he came in with a negative attitude and the darko thing really got under his skin for some reason. in no way was kahn comparing the games of the 2! i’m a wolves fan and yeah its sometimes hard to understand what he’s doing but after the mchale era i’m willing to give a couple years to him to find out if it works. i like the fact that he’s a straight shooter and a joker too. he does come off a lil swarmy but he is VERY unfairly portrayed by all these jealous lil weasel sportswriters.

  20. John - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    How can a media outlet such as yours be so incompetent?? Did you not watch the interview? Anyone with half a brain could understand that Kahn was not comparing the playing abilities of Darko with Webber, he was simply comparing the way that both players had moved around a lot before finally settling in with a team (Which Kahn was suggesting might be the case with Darko). Webber, meanwhile, has too big of an ego and way too much pride to see that and instead gets defensive and emotional…great media coverage on his part…not. Webber is clearly the moron here, as well as anyone else who can’t understand this.
    It’s almost comical how badly the ‘schmucks’ of the media want to bash David Kahn despite the drastic improvements he has made to one of the worst teams in the league in just one season. I’m not even a wolves fan and it is pretty clear to me.

  21. Jake R - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Chris Webber was overrated as a player, never won anything, and sucked a lot of guys off…now he is just being bitter towards the world because he realizes how completely worthless his life is nowadays. Don’t take it personal, Kahn, Chris Webber is just jealous because you actually have brain cells.

  22. Trent - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    That’s exactly what I was thinking! Webber wasn’t good enough to even be offended by that. When that happened, I was like dude you weren’t some huge superstar, otherwise it wouldn’t have taken a billion teams for you to finally play well…and coincidentally you sucked on every other team you played with…hmmm.

  23. CoachRGC - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    I saw the interview by chance. Prior to the interview the NBA TV prepped for the interview as I would think any good interviewer would do and in this case veterans of the NBA. Chris Webber did not come off that way and frankly Mr. Kahn embarrassed Chris Webber and I thought Chris Webber held alot back

  24. JAMAR - Jul 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Wow. I’m absolutely positively shocked by how delusional and borderline stupid you Minnesota fans are.
    Yes, the word fan is a shortened version of the word fanatic. But you guys take it too far.
    First of all, to make excuses for your GM is a joke. He’s a grown ass man who should know first hand how absurd it is to compare their two situations. He could have EASILY discussed Darko finding a home in the NBA without making a totally idiotic and off base comparison to Webber.
    For the record, we’re talking about a 5x All Star, 1994 Rookie of the Year…Hell, his number was retired by the Kings…Whether you like it or not, Chris Webber will end up in the Hall of Fame.
    He’s one of 6 players (all time) to avg a 20ppg, 9rpg, and 4apg alongside names like: Bird, Baylor, Cunningham, Chamberlain, and Garnett.
    You guys can say what you want…About how “smart fans” are regurgitating dumb arguments or what have you. Bottom line – you guys are fooling yourselves if you genuinely believe David Kahn has any clue as to what he’s doing. You sound like the Cubans who convinced themselves they were making the right call backing Castro. You’ve been seduced by empty rhetoric.
    David Kahn may not be a retard but he’s already reminding me of another clueless GM who is out of the game despite having won multiple titles: Jerry Krause.
    Both are more interested in appearing to be brilliant than they are in fielding a winning team. It’s what pushed Krause to constantly take chances on diamonds in the rough. Had he not inherited Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause would have been an abject failure as a GM.
    David Kahn is heading the same way. Why else would he roll the dice on failed projects like Darko and B-Easy? Why would he roll the dice on a 17 year old PG who made it clear he didnt want to play in Minnesota? It’s because Kahn – as a former writer with little experience – want’s NBA credit, not titles.
    He’s trying to stroke his ego…Hopefully Glen Taylor wakes up and stops signing his checks.

  25. CoachRGC - Jul 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Thank you, you hit it right on the head. After the interview, I really have a better understanding of why some NBA teams get it and some don’t.

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