Stephen Curry has been one of the brightest NBA stars this season, especially during the postseason. Paul George has been of similar importance to his Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Both of these guys could have been easily picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves had it not been for the stupidity of now former GM David Kahn. Who was chosen instead of these two All Stars? Johnny Flynn and Wes Johnson.
Glen Taylor decided to let go of Kahn just a couple of days ago. In Kahn’s exit interview with Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda, he said just about everything he could without speaking the words, “It wasn’t my fault.”
When asked about the Flynn and Johnson picks, Kahn dodged the notion that he was to blame and instead noted that you can’t make a mistake in the draft; only move on and adjust to the pick. Really? I beg to differ.
I would bet that the majority of Timberwolves fans would say that plenty of mistakes have been made by Kahn. From the get-go, he was a trade-happy, egotistical and unintelligent excuse of a general manager. Signing Darko Milicic, for example, was one of his more incredible blunders.
Kahn insisted that there were many other teams who were “crazy” over Milicic and that he had to make the move to sign him (to a contract that wasn’t even close to face value).
Imagine if Kahn had been able to draft either Curry or George to throw in with All Star forward Kevin Love and rising star point guard Ricky Rubio. This team could be unstoppable, especially had they gone with Curry over Flynn. With Curry’s unstoppable scoring ability combined with Rubio’s vision and tenacity on the court, that backcourt would have been lethal.
To think that Kahn never made a mistake is just ludicrous. In the end, I guess that’s exactly what the man himself thinks about his tenure in Minnesota. Let’s hope for the sake of the Wolves’ future that Taylor hires the correct man for the job going forward.