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Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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You should decide this one for yourself.

Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been taken out of context.

Decide for yourself, watch the video.

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To my ears, the part about knowing he would lose when he saw Nick Gilbert up there with him was intended as a joke. But then the pause and the second part about the NBA favoring good story lines was not. But you may see it differently so watch the much-discussed interview.

Also know that the league is considering a fine for Kahn for his comments. Joking or not.

For something less controversial, below is Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert talking about the Cavaliers having picks one and four in the upcoming draft (June 23).

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  1. trbowman - May 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    He’s backtracking. Surprise surprise.

    You were right the first time Mr. Kahn.

    Backtracking now won’t save that money in your pocket, fwiw.

    • jstrizzle - May 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      How is he back tracking? The clip is the original comment that got him in trouble in the first place. The announcers laughing and him smiling proves it is a joke. He is just confirming it.

  2. philtration - May 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    So was drafting Ricky Rubio

    • lebronsinsecurity - May 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Why?? I get the ridicule over the Flynn pick, it’s well deserved.. But why all the negativity over Rubio?? He essentially traded Foye and Miller for the Rubio pick.. Heck if Rubio never ends up in the US, the trade was still decent, he shed two lousy contracts of two mediocre players at best.. Wouldn’t it make more sense to judge the Rubio pick once he actually plays in the NBA?? Or is that not what the media is telling you to think??

      • whatagreatfootballmind - May 18, 2011 at 9:22 PM

        Rubio is the only part of that trade left with his original team of that trade. Rubio has NEVER once said he doesn’t want to come to Minnesota. Even if Rubio is a bust, Foye is now a Clipper and Miller is with the Heat. They BOTH went to Washington in that trade. Screw you all you haters thinking Rubio won’t come here. Even if he does wait a year, which would be smart on Rubio’s part because the lockout will be worse than the current NFL one and secondly, Rubio would then be able to negotiate a contract with the Wolves as opposed to be getting his slotted salary.

  3. lebronsinsecurity - May 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    I honestly don’t see what the big deal is.. After seeing the video above, and every other video posted out there regarding this so called gaffe, I just don’t see the issue..

    Kinda funny how everyone blows this out of proportion even though what he said was dead on.. Nowhere does he say anything that would result in a fine by the league.. In his usually lawyer talk, he got his point across without saying anything to damaging.. Should he just keep his mouth shut in the future? absolutely..

    • whatagreatfootballmind - May 18, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      it’s not a big deal. It’s all the reporters such as everyone who writes for this site and others are all jealous that Stern recommended Kahn to the Timberwolves after Kahn was a reporter. Jealous, is all.

    • ptho16 - May 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      Maybe he should be more concerned with why his team has finished with the worst record 14 times since 1986 than whether or not the lottery is rigged.

  4. nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Oh what the hell…..


    • ibejeph - May 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      This IS Ceti Alpha 5!

  5. rajbais - May 18, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    That joke was less comical than your GM career!!!

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