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Wolves’ Kahn loves his roster, not sure why Rambis can’t win with it

Apr 13, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

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David Kahn puts the audacity of hope to the test unlike any other general manager.

After two seasons at the helm — where Minnesota has won a combined 32 games — Kahn had this to say at a press conference Wednesday (via Canis Hoopustwitter feed):

We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be with the roster.

League likes Wolves’ roster, talent, youth, and athleticism.

Really? Um, okay. (The league likes Kevin Love, who was there when Kahn arrived, and the idea of Ricky Rubio’s potential, after that not so much.) Tom Ziller summed it all up very well at SB Nation.

In 2009, Kahn took Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn with the No. 5 and 6 picks; Rubio remains in Spain, and Flynn has been a disaster. (Ty Lawson was Kahn’s No. 18 pick in that draft; Kahn traded him to Denver on draft night for a 2011 pick that became Luke Babbitt, who was traded to Portland for Martell Webster, who this season produced far less than Lawson while being older and more than twice as expensive.)

In 2010, Kahn passed up DeMarcus Cousins for Wesley Johnson at No. 4 because of a frontcourt glut. Kahn then signed Darko Milicic to a $20 million deal, traded Al Jefferson for cap space, part of which he used to acquire Michael Beasley and the rest of which he used to facilitate a deal for Anthony Randolph. These — Beasley and Randolph — are good moves on their own. Add the context of what Kahn passed up and gave up, and it’s UGLY.

There need to be changes in Minnesota, and while we have our own thoughts about how universal those changes should be, Kahn’s words made it sound like Kurt Rambis may want to find a realtor to help put his home on the market soon.

Kahn said no decision on the future of two-season coach Rambis until Kahn had a meeting with owner Glen Taylor after the season. (Kahn may want to hope that Taylor doesn’t get a video of the press conference before that meeting.) Kahn never endorsed or seemed to support Rambis and the impression of everyone there was that Kahn wants to fire Rambis.

I have no idea how good a coach Rambis is; to try and judge what he did with this roster is impossible. Phil Jackson with Gregg Popovich as his assistant could not get more than a couple more wins out of this collection of talent.

Really, what was most disturbing about the press conference was what someone on twitter described as Kahn seeming to be watching the train wreck as if he is a bystander and not the guy driving the train. He really thinks this 17-win Wolves team is better than the 25-win team he inherited. It’s not. And it’s hard to see how it gets noticeably better in the next couple years.

  1. drop703 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Mr. Kahn deserves a pat on the back for being the worst GM in basketball(not really). Perfect reason why businessmen shouldn’t run franchises unless they actually know sports. You draft 3 point guards, then trade the best one….and you’re banking on Rubio coming from Spain to play for a 20 win team…lol

    You have a log jam at the 1 and 2 and you could of had a formidable front court with Love and Cousins for the next few years while you got better in the back court. You can bank on Kevin Love leaving as well. I’m not a Timberwolves fan but damn…somebody get him out of the front office ASAP!

    I heard this guy compare Darko to Chris Webber at a summer league game last year! Chris Webber was pist, lol.

  2. ohkhan - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    hahahahahah seriously, i love this man. im not gonna lie, he makes my day.

    • aqzi - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      Feel so bad for Minnesota though…

  3. jstrizzle - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    You would think all the stories that Kurt has done about the Timberwolves he would finally get facts straight.

    “Ty Lawson was Kahn’s No. 18 pick in that draft; Kahn traded him to Denver on draft night for a 2011 pick that became Luke Babbitt, who was traded to Portland for Martell Webster, who this season produced far less than Lawson while being older and more than twice as expensive.” (It was a 2010 pick and it became a 16th overall pick so technically he moved up 2 spots the next year)

    Insult him about all his other boneheaded moves but stop with the “He drafted 3 PGs.” Yes, ultimately he did but at pick 18 they had a prearranged deal with Denver on trading picks. Denver told us to draft Ty Lawson for them.

  4. rajbais - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    I love a few guys on this roster, but I know why David Kahn and Kurt Rambis can’t get it to work.

    THEY’RE IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Robert - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Bring this franchise to San Jose and it will win!!!

    San Jose T Wolves 2012!!!

    • cordae - Apr 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      Goody, just what California needs…..ANOTHER horrible team with a horrible owner who isnt the lakers lol

  6. adbrandel - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    To be fair, the Lakers were ours too…

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