Jerry Zgoda's interview with David Kahn, Part I

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  • Updated: May 3, 2013 - 8:09 AM

Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda held an in-depth conversation with David Kahn on the day he got fired as the team's president of basketball operations. Here is part one:

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puckheadsMay. 3, 13 8:03 AM

Don't let the door hit you on the way out...

kivirl4May. 3, 13 9:11 AM

From the very get go, it seemed David Kahns favorite activity was going to Europe so it seemed a fitting bookend that his last day was that way. And he isnt a real basketball guy, hes a lawyer who worked in the business side of basketball. If a player in Europe needed to be seen or talked to, they should have had a real hoops guy go. At least Chris Spielman is a footbally guy. NOt saying you had to have played in the pros or even college level to be a player personnel evaluator, but Kahn didnt have it. He was a terrible pick by Taylor as Maturi was, and Brewster was.

drool1May. 3, 1310:36 AM

the answers given by kahn to the last 2 questions have me saying ENOUGH and leave me with no need to go to part 2 of the interview. love needing to re-establish the trust and respect of his team mates...give me a break!!! and minimizing the factor of a player's respect for management in his decision to stay on with an organization: why do you think harvin forced the issue with the vikes; he lost his faith that the combination of musgrave, frazier and spielman could produce a winner. chuck fletcher of the wild was smart enough to find a super judge of talent in brent flahr and give him the title of assistant GM. kahn's chutzpah blinded him to the fact that he's not a competent evaluator of basketball talent...just another case of a guy not acknowledging his limitations.

malachyMay. 3, 1311:32 AM

did Kahn just say that the coach's wife's seizures were hard on HIM? and "him" being Kahn and not the coach/husband? Did he even MENTION the coach's wife's medical condition in this interview? Wow; that just shouldn't be done. and he not only mentioned it but said it was hard on HIM and made it sound like part of an excuse for his own failings. my lord. no shame. no class. and he went there on kevin love? jeez louise. how did this guy get hired? my lord.....

malachyMay. 3, 1311:38 AM

his comment about "seven to ten years" or however he put it is so telling of his cluelessness. in today's NBA (and yesterday's and tomorrow's NBA) you get (or already have on your roster) a top draft pick or free agent NOW and you make a run into the playoffs. You don't "develop" guys on four year contracts for "seven to ten years". OKC drafted durant and westbrook. miami drafted wade and signed two others. none of the top teams "developed" their squad over more than a few years' time. clueless.

dtlundMay. 3, 13 4:19 PM

I clicked on this article planning to post something nice about Kahn learning on the job and not screwing up in the past couple years. I thought he actually made good decisions lately. Then I read about him blaming Glen Taylor for the Kevin Love contract situation. I guess he didn't really learn anything. I hope any prospective employers take notice of his BIG MOUTH.

jplamp9May. 3, 1310:41 PM

Reading all 4 parts of the interview it's a masterful job of Kahn taking credit for every positive move (Miller/Foye for Rubio, etc.) and blaming others for the bad moves (scouting department blew their job with Flynn and Taylor wouldn't sign Love for max years). Like a politician who takes credit for the sun rising and blaming the other side for all the poor moves.

drewman3414May. 4, 13 4:22 PM

i would try to lure the general mangager of the san antonio spurs.that team finds hidden gems all over the place with low draft picks and through free agency.with flip nothings going to change.

chickenpattyMay. 12, 1312:07 PM

Excuse after excuse after excuse after excuse.

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