By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Only hours after receiving the news that he would not be back as President of Basketball Operations for the Timberwolves' 2013-2014 season, David Kahn took some time to join KFAN and Dan Barreiro to discuss the situation.
"I think it's a mixture of disappointment, sadness and a little bit of relief," Kahn told Barreiro in regards to learning he had been fired. "Ever since Ricky [Rubio] tore his knee [last year] it has been a very challenging environment for all of us."
With Kevin McHale basically run out of the state of Minnesota, David Kahn stepped into the President of Basketball Operations (general manager) position in May of 2009. Already behind the eight ball as far as preparation for the NBA Draft goes, Kahn may have hitched his proverbial wagons to his very first draft class.
We remember the Ricky Rubio selection so very well as the unknown Spanish phenom slipped down the draft board and into Kahn's lap in the first round. Still, there was a sticky situation that Kahn got himself into attempting to buy Ricky out of his Spanish league contract and bring him over to America.
Then came Jonny Flynn. With the sixth overall pick in the 2009 Draft, Kahn selected another point guard out of Syracuse, Jonny Flynn.
"Flynn was the number one point guard in the staff's eyes at that point," Kahn told Barreiro Thursday.
Flynn's rookie campaign showed glimpses of the dynamic point guard that carried Syracuse deep into the tournament the year before, but the mistakes kept coming. The next year, Flynn underwent hip surgery and was hampered by the bum hip during the rest of his recovery.
By 2011, the Flynn deal was seen as a bust and Jonny was traded to Houston leading up to the 2011 Draft.
While Flynn may be the poster boy for Kahn's mishaps, there were enough other situations that continued to plant and nurture the seeds of doubt that had been creeping into the mind of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor The hiring of Kurt Rambis and the selection of Wesley Johnson to name a few others.
"Blame me," Kahn exclaimed. "No matter what occurred, good, bad, indifferent, I'm the one that should be blamed."
In complete fairness, many of Kahn's teams, especially recently, have been hampered by severe injuries and he is leaving the team in a better position than when he inherited it. But with Taylor on his way out of ownership, it appeared that it was time for a change.
"I do believe that if this team had maintained it's health, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation," Kahn told Barreiro. "It's not enough to be just entertaining, you have to win. I think that puts you at a razors edge always...I wish that we would have had more success that would have translated across the board."
During Kahn's tenure with the team, there was also an assumed tumultuous relationship between him and the team's star, Kevin Love.
"Kevin is on a journey from the individual to the team," Kahn said. "He made a bad mistake when he did an interview when he was feeling bad about himself."
Despite the fact that he will no longer be a part of the team, Kahn did say that the future for the Minnesota Timberwolves looks bright.
"I think they will have good days ahead of them," Kahn shared. "Whoever gets the job is going to very well because the team is in a good position...I think that somebody should make hay with it and should really enjoy it."
"Life goes on," Kahn told Barreiro in closing. "This happens to people everyday in the sports world."
As mentioned earlier, it is thought that former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders will be returning to the team to fill the void left after Kahn's departure. An announcement is expected within the next 24 hours.
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