After a long and grueling five months, the Minnesota Timberwolves held a press conference that revealed that the new president of basketball operations would be David Kahn.
The legend Larry Bird himself gave many endorsements to David Kahn, stating "the Wolves got a good one."
Glen Taylor looked at Kahn's name, and signed him before he even had a chance to withdraw. Minnesota was setback with three withdrawls in limited weeks, and it appears now that someone who really wanted the job just could not say no.
In the press conference, David Kahn exercised the use of flexibility. He stated that they have the most potential with the cap space, the free agency, and the draft. He also plans on listening to the players, and the Minnesota Timberwolves staff when he makes any decisions. From what he says, David Kahn is business first, and he even recognized that the Timberwolves were on the brink of .500 in the month of January.
David Kahn says that he would like to make a star on the Timberwolves. No disrespect for Al Jefferson, but they need someone that's inside the locker room, and on the court. He says that he wants to see "If Al Jefferson is that star". He also put great emphasis on the draft, stating that for the last few years, Minnesota has spent so much time looking toward the draft, and scouting college kids. His angle was, "what about the players that are already in the NBA?".
That last point makes complete sense, because there are bench warmer players that play so great, yet they get no playing time due to various reasons. For example: Gilbert Arenas.
David Kahn also discussed Kevin McHales future with the Timberwolves. When asked if Kevin McHale could continue coaching, he responded by saying that Kevin McHale can continue to coach if it's in the best decision for the Timberwolves, and if he really wants too. David Kahn was asked how does he think Kevin McHale has impacted the team? He used a Denver Nuggets game in which the Timberwolves got blown out for an example. Stating that despite the fact that they were outnumbered due to the Timberwolves missing their top 4 scorers, he said they were extremely disciplined with Kevin McHale. He said that they "were moving the ball, and were not jacking up stupid shots". He said that he could tell that the players like playing for Kevin McHale, and that will definitely influence his decision.
In the past few weeks, the Timberwolves have reached out to Dennis Lindsey and Randy Pfund for the position of GM. They both withdrew their names out of running for the position according to various news websites. Glen Taylor was asked about this and reported that "no one turned the job down".
Some of the things that David Kahn brings to the table are:
- Business savvy
- A close relationship with David Stern (NBA commissioner)
- Experience in virtually every level of basketball operations
- A handful of connections from his days with the Pacers and the development league.
- Very intelligent, very open, willing to listen to everybody in the organization
- Eastern Conference Finals and playoff's experience with the Indiana Pacers
- Being involved in getting players like Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington, Jamaal Tinsley, etc.
Some would argue, why didn't the Timberwolves hire in-house? Well the answer is simply put that hiring in house would just be a metaphor for a Jason Collins contract extension, in other words more money for the same stuff that's been going on for the last two to three years.
David Kahn got many endorsements, but getting an endorsement from Larry Bird is huge, due to Bird`s reputation alone. It has been reported that Larry Bird told Glen Taylor himself that he's very knowledgeable, he knows the game, and to "believe me."
New York Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh said "I would remind you, and I would remind a lot of people of this, there are no pure business and basketball sides. I brought him in to help me with getting Conseco Fieldhouse built, and he did a great job with that. He then became my general manager (for four seasons), and he was probably as helpful to me as anybody I've ever had. He knows the cap; he knows all the ramifications that come with that and the luxury tax. He had background in all those areas, including the draft, free agency and team matters, so he's done the job."
If anyone values my opinion I will say this. David Kahn could be just what the Timberwolves need. He has not said anything about Kevin McHale coaching next season. But what I do know after reading various articles is that the guy is very business savvy, and he knows what needs to be done for success.
Not everyone is going to like this decision, but some people will. I feel that the way things are going, the Timberwolves need someone to shake things up. The Wolves are a full wolf pack once more and Kahn`s credentials are impressive.
But the fact of the matter is, he's not scared of anything. After all, he took the job.