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Kahn thinks Minnesota is a playoff team if they stay healthy

Aug 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT


David Kahn is right.

The Minnesota general manager thinks that if the Minnesota Timberwolves can stay healthy next season, they are a playoff team. He’s right.

Here is what he said to Brian Sansevere of the Pioneer Press.

If we stay healthy. We learned the hard way last year what that means. Last year, we were fighting for a playoff spot, and through two-thirds of the season things were moving on a nice incline. And all of a sudden, the world came to an end in a matter of a few weeks (after rookie point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a season-ending knee injury). If we stay healthy, we should be competing for a playoff spot.

Kahn brought in some good depth with the Timberwolves — Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger, Greg Stiemsma and Alexey Shved (who has impressed playing both guard spots for Russia in the Olympics). Minnesota needs to get Rubio back because his creativity and understanding of spacing gets guys better, cleaner looks. They need those buckets. They need to play better team defense, too.

But Minnesota should be better this year. They should be a playoff team.

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM


    • loungefly74 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      damn…you beat me to it…

  2. dls612 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Minnesota Timberwolves in the playoffs! Lol! Give that team to the people of Seattle

    • rodgersmvp - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Minnesota fans are awesome, I don’t understand why you would take away a sports franchise. We have 4 teams, and they all suck (the Wild possibly excluded), but everyone here loves all of them. It’s a great sports state, and the loyalty is something I haven’t seen much (I’ve moved a lot in my life). I definitely respect Minnesota fans and hope the T-Wolves do great things.

      • dls612 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        ok, maybe not give the team away but playoffs! wheres jim mora when u need him!

  3. adzs - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    He’s not wrong…

  4. scottieplongballs - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    (KG) were comaaaan were comaaaan! F Seattle! They already had there chane.

  5. azpackerbacker - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    It’s Bob Sansevere, not Brian

    But to the point it’s not that far off. If they can get the Roy and AK47 of 4 years ago a 6 or 7 seed is realalistic.

    • kosmokenny - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Youve got too much rotten cheese clogging your brain. If they get the Roy and AK47 of 4 years ago, the 1 seed is realistic. Mediocre Roy and Kirilenko makes 6-7 seed realistic.

    • monkeyhateclean - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Its Kurt Helin; correctly attributing his sources are are the least of his concerns!

  6. stadix093 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This team will be so much fun to watch once Rubio is back. Thank goodness for NBA league pass

  7. mnskolvikes - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:55 AM


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