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Let’s Dust This Off

We’re in the midst of a very interesting time to be a Minnesota sports fan.  The Vikings are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history and there’s still a chance, it has become slim, but they might become the L.A. Vikings.  The team has also just made some moves in the first round of the NFL Draft last night as they try to take a step forward on the field and off it with local politicians.  The Twins are finally in a new stadium, which may be old news at this point.  They also share something with the Viking and that is being one of the worst teams their respective professional league.  There is definitely a theme in this town as the Wild and Wolves are also near the bottom in the NHL and NBA.  Between these four teams, the Wolves are the only one showing a sign of life.

Since my last post on Fire David Kahn a lot has changed.  We’ve seen Brett Favre come and go and in between, lead us within a first down of the Super Bowl.  The Twins have gone from a perennial playoff team to a doormat, the Wild are still the Wild and as I said, the Wolves are finally respectable.  The one constant has been David Kahn’s ineptitude.  He got Rubio here, so he’s done something good, but he also drafted Johnny Flynn, Wes Johnson, signed Darko, went cheap on resigning Kevin Love and regardless of the hope, he’s still assembled a roster full of players who have no idea how to win.

One reason why I stopped writing this blog a few years back was because there are only so many ways you can say, David Kahn is an idiot.   It got old and we got bored, so this time around we’re going to broaden our horizons and step into the world of pop culture and even book publicity.  We’re going to talk about the Vikings stadium, the Wolves off-season, the Vikings off-season, The Twins and yes, we’ll still discuss why Kahn isn’t an NBA caliber GM.  We’ll dip our ink into what is happening in the world of pop culture and for those hopeful authors, you will get some advice on how to sell a book.

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I’m not like anyone else

There is still a strong possibility of Ricky Rubio signing with Barcelona, making the likelihood of seeing him in a Timberwolves uniform any time soon slim.  David Kahn is currently in Spain, trying to work out that slim chance of a buyout and he’s even a smug about it. 

“Based on the information I have attained today, no team in any league has reached a deal with DKV Joventut concerning Ricky’s buyout, which must be accomplished before Ricky is released from his contract with DKV Joventut,” Kahn said in a statement released by the Timberwolves early Wednesday afternoon.

You have to like Kahn’s arrogant attitude and relentless desire to make a deal happen.  He may not have been diligent before the draft.  He may have stuck his foot in his mouth along the way.  He may have even waivered on his plans with Rubio, but now he’s fighting.  He’s fighting for a club that hasn’t fought for anything in a long time.  McHale would have rolled over and traded Rubio to the Celtics for Brian Scalabrine and a second round pick.  

The details of Rubio’s contract are making it nearly impossible for a deal to be worked out.  Rubio still hasn’t come out and said that he wants to play for the Timberwolves, but Kahn’s still working.   He’s toeing the line between genius and moron, but would the meerkat have it any other way?

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Warm Regards, David Kahn

Hey David,

Here is the edited version of your letter to the fans.  I left the track changes on the page, so you can see where the mistakes are and make sure you read them this time–don’t be lazy.  The comments are marked as K1-K10 and the complete comments are at the bottom of the page.

Your Editor

Dear Stanley Brewer,

member of the Timberwolves family[k1] , I’m pleased to share with you that we’ve hiredthe hiring of Kurt Rambis to beas our new head coach. The search was extensive and thorough,[k2] and I’m completely confident that Kurt is the right man to help us develop into a championship-caliber team. He’s Kurt played for Pat Riley and coached alongside Phil Jackson, arguably two of the[k3] three greatest coaches in NBA history. He is ready for this[k4] .

During my search for our next head coach, I identified three[k5] threshold issues that became the criteria I measured the candidates against[k6] . These are some cornerstone philosophies that will guide us the next few years and I wanted a coach that could aggressively execute against all three.

(1) I want our franchise to become the league leader in player development, and player development starts with the head coach[k7] .

(2) We will be a running, up-tempo team. Yes, there will be many instances when we will need to rely upon Al Jefferson and a halfcourt offense, but our identity will be fastbreak basketball.[k8]

(3) The minutes distributed to our young nucleus in the next two years must be done with an eye toward the big picture and not the short term[k9] .

With his vast experience in the NBA as a championship player and coach, Kurt has the ability to help lay the foundation for what we aim to be — NBA champions. He is, by all accounts, hard-working and a hands-on teacher. I know he will shape and mold our players to bring out the best in them.

As always, thank you for your support and passion. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Target Center this fall.[k10]

David Kahn
President, Basketball Operations


[k1]I think you are trying to tell the fan they are valued, instead of saying you’re valued.  Don’t worry I fixed it, so you don’t sound like a jackass.  Do you think anyone’s really going to buy it?

[k2]David, don’t remind the fans how long you dragged your feet on this. Are you sure, you’re not partially confident?  I’m kidding, but take out completely.

[k3]Who’s the third?

[k4]By saying you are confident in him, you are telling the fans that you feel he is ready.

[k5]Word check

[k6]A little repetitive and why two years, why not ten?

[k7]Sweet, so we’ll be the team that dates chicks for a good personality.

[k8]Isn’t he the best player?

[k9]Change these or else you’ll never fill the seats and delete the last paragraph–it’s already stated.

[k10]By the way, this letter convinced me to cancel my season tickets.

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Alert: Rambis is not one of us

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting, there is talk in NBA circles that Kurt Rambis will be the next Timberwolves head coach.  I’d like to see the move happen.  Any time you can get a coach from a winning organization, who has learned from arguably the greatest coach ever is a good move.   There is no way of predicting Rambis is going to make the Wolves better in terms of wins and losses, because a coach needs players and he is inheriting one of the worst rosters in the league, but he’s had some success as a head coach, which is better than picking a color commentator.   

The Star Tribune also reported that Mychal Thompson gave Rambis a good recommendation.   I get why Thompson’s word is relevant to the Star Tribune.  He has the local angle, playing for the Gophers, making him one of us, but why would Kahn and the Wolves care about Thompson’s position on the hiring?  Why would a recommendation from a former teammate and Laker broadcaster sway the Wolves to hire one guy over the other? Can we stop always working the local angle?  Do people really believe that Mychal Thompson’s recommendation holds any weight with Kahn and the Wolves?

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Pull that Trigger. Again. Again.

Kahn pulled off another blockbuster by shipping center Etan Thomas and two second round draft picks to the Wizards for Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins.   “We may have some other moves to make and it’s still too early to tell,” Kahn said. “I thought this move provided some additional flexibility and thought we should go after it now.”  A rumor has newly acquired Quentin Richardson on the move and judging from Kahn’s quote Richardson might not be the only one.

In all seriousness, it’s time to give Kahn credit.  He’s trying to make things happen and he’s doing it with limited assets.  Granted, right now, some of his moves look like moves to make moves, which should never be lauded, but what should be lauded is that Kahn has pulled off the unthinkable.  He’s made the Timberwolves relevant on a national level when they’ve been barely recognizable on a local level the past few years.

The question remaining is how we will look back on these moves.  Will it be a lot of huffing and puffing, a cloud of dust and still the same terrible team or are the Wolves turning a corner?

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The Truth Hurts

Ricky Rubio has announced he is parting ways with Spanish basketball club DKV Joventut.  The departure gives Rubio three options.  He can sign with another club in Spain, pay the buyout and go to the Timberwolves or take a year off from basketball and reenter the NBA draft.

He has been quoted as saying he wants to play for a winner, which makes the third option scary.  The Wolves haven’t been a winner for a long time, which begs the question, did Kahn speak with the Rubio camp before the draft?  Did a conversation take place before he dumped the starting point guard?  I understand, Rubio wasn’t supposed to be there at five, but when you are an NBA GM, don’t you look into all players that might be around when you make your pick, especially a player that has been regarded as a unique talent?

Simply, Rubio doesn’t want to play for the Timberwolves and by not playing for anyone this season he has a way out. This means Kahn traded Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith and Mark Madsen for Quentin Richardson.  Great work Kahn, not even McHale could have pulled off these moves.

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