Jerry Zgoda's interview with David Kahn, Part IV

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  • Updated: May 3, 2013 - 9:33 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 four:

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Somatg3May. 3, 13 4:45 AM

Good interview Jerry- Kahn kinda threw Taylor under the bus on the K Love deal. Sounds like the wolves scouting dept was a mess. I'd really like to see what the Adelman-Flip tandem could accomplish together. Problem is, this is a weak draft coming up to have 2 first rounders.

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joelindellMay. 3, 13 7:11 AM

Thanks for asking the tough questions. It was a revealing interview. It's easy to see now the difference between Curry and Johnny Flynn, but Kahn was in a tough spot, it seems. Some of the teams difficulties were beyond his control, yet with better luck (i.e. fewer injuries), he might still be here. I hope the infrastructure of the team has improved so that Flip has the resources he needs, and hopefully we'll be howling with (and not at) the Wolves in the playoffs next season.

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jimthegringoMay. 3, 13 9:32 AM

While I can't say that I was ever a supporter of Khan, I will say that after reading "the rest of the story/stories", I have a newfound respect for him and his position. Khan could have finger pointed at names from the start but, he didn't. He took a lot of the heat and I respect that. I used to critisize my managers a lot until one of them woke me up. He said, "You probably could do a better job than he is. BUT what you don't see are the 10 other things he does right that you would probably screw up." Khan wasn't great but, he owned up.

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simplyhotMay. 3, 13 9:38 AM

I don't know how Glen Taylor made all of his money because since he has owned this franchise, he has appeared to be a horrible manager. Ultimately, whether it's the Joe Smith debacle, or this scouting mess, he's the owner.

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redqidMay. 3, 1310:43 AM

Great, informative in-depth interview. Nice to hear Kahn's thinking behind the moves.

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ljb6599May. 3, 1310:53 AM

Given what Kurt Rambiss had to work with those first two years no coach would have been a success including Adelman. Give a coach the players to fit their offense they can be successful.Hiring David Kahn was the mistake and that one goes to the owner Glen Taylor.Mr.Kahn did not know what he was doing from the get go.When Adelman came in he basically told Kahn to get him the players he needed to run his offense.Kurt Rambiss big mistake was accepting the job offered to him from Kahn. He should have said no.

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abemntocalMay. 3, 1311:55 AM

I am not a Kahn fan at all, but I appreciate him sitting down and doing an in-depth interview after he has been let go. He does not lack confidence or intestinal fortitude. We all know that college talent evaluation is a weakness for this team, I just don't understand why it took him until this last year to see that something needed to be changed. Just another thing he should have been fired for, as that should be a high priority area in any organization.

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nessmessMay. 3, 13 1:29 PM

Thanks David! I hope it all works out for you in the end!!

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jplamp9May. 3, 13 5:37 PM

Fantastic questions and revealing answers - well done Jerry. No surprise it paints an unflattering picture of a dysfunctional organization. Something's terribly amiss when you advance beyond the 1st round of the playoffs only once in 22 years. In the interview Kahn wasn't prickly and the candor displayed would serve him well if he lands another NBA job. As GM, the personality and leadership permeates throughout the organization and it was a Childress-like vibe the last 4 years.

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jalansMay. 5, 13 7:37 PM

I just wonder if Kahn would have kept his job if the Wolves had not had all the injuries. He was not responsible for the casualties, but took the hit for it. It also looks like he inherited a lousy scouting situation. I was not a big fan of his, but I respect him for taking it like a man and for being a straight shooter in this interview. Great job, Jerry.

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