Posted at 12:50 PM on May 21, 2009
by Chris Dall
A number of local and national outlets are reporting that the Timberwolves have come to the end of their search for a new GM and have settled on...David Kahn, a former executive with the Indiana Pacers. You might recall that Kahn's name was among the first to surface, but quickly disappeared, which would lead most rational observers to believe that he was not the team's first choice. Or second. Or third.
Is it any surprise that the Timberwolves would end up with a guy they apparently didn't want just a few weeks ago? Of course not. This is the Timberwolves. Clearly, Kahn was the only candidate who was willing to go along with the ridiculous stipulation that the new GM would have no say on whether Kevin McHale keeps his job. I wonder how he'll feel when he finds out McHale gets to have a say on personnel issues too.
Kahn was the GM of the Pacers for four years and also served as a special advisor to the team, but reportedly worked mostly on the business side of the operation. Reports say that he was recommended to the Wolves by NBA commissioner David Stern. Whether that's a good or bad thing, I'm not entirely sure.
I could go on and on about the dysfunction in this franchise, but I'll keep it brief. This is just another example of Glen Taylor having no idea how to run a sports franchise. If your looking for a bright side, it's that Taylor at least decided to go outside the organization, rather than letting the job fall in the laps of Fred Hoiberg or Jim Stack. Hopefully Kahn, who was with the Pacers when they were still good, can bring some common sense and order the Timberwolves front office.