Kahn to Timberwolves fans: Rebuilding...

Kahn to Timberwolves fans: Rebuilding is 'nearly complete'

There are 22 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 14, 2010, titled Kahn to Timberwolves fans: Rebuilding is 'nearly complete'. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn was a sportswriter before a career change eventually led him to running an NBA franchise, and he's using his writing skills again to tell Timberwolves fans about the team's direction heading into the 2010-11 season.

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Wow

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 14, 2010
Genghis Kahn says, "Rebuilding is clearly defeat". Last year we were 15 & 67. This year after rebuilding we will rise to the heights of 20 & 62.
I Care Man I Care

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 14, 2010
I like his attitude but overall I'm not blaming
him for the timberwolve's demise.

I blame the NBA & David Stern,

1. The lottery is a scam, big market teams get
the top players and even if a losing team gets the top pick that player can force his way to another team....ala...Steve Francis & Starbury.

2. Year in and out top free agent players like Lebron and Chris Bosh can now play GM and force their way onto their favorite coached team leaving teams like the Wolves who could afford them to not even try.

3. Players are now choosing to stay or play overseas instead of the once great NBA because of the rise in level of play overseas and team ball they practice.

4. Fans are disenchanted yearly from going to a ball game at home because of: thug mentality in some players, no superstar, price of seats & have I to say this but no white player superstar.

5. Compare the NBA to the NFL.....teams in the NFL every season has a chance to go deep into the playoffs or even win the Championship(Saints 1st superbowl). In the NBA you have nil as long as you don't have Kobe, Duncan, Lebron , Garnett, or coach phil jackson.

Most fans in losing cities are given free tickets, paid to go or rich enough to not care about the lousy games they are seeing.

Good luck NBA you'll need it because you've lost more fans then you even care.
hmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 14, 2010
That was a nice letter, David. Too bad I still have NO sense of what kind of team we'll have. The "Boy who cried Kahn" used a lot of these same platitudes last season, and look how "improved" we were. See you on opening night, and more than likely, opening night in 2011 after I stop watching (in disgust) again this year.
tk_boombaye

Winona, MN

#5 Sep 14, 2010
I think Kahn is doing a good job of tearing down and rebuilding this cursed franchise.

-Taking a calculated risk on Darko. 7 footers develop later and he is still young.
-Got what he could a Big Al who offers nothing on defense and kept the best rebounder in the game.
'K-LOVE'
-Drafted Wesley. Boehiem said he has too learn just how good he is.
-Taking a shot at a more dedicated Beasley.

25 wins is the basement for 2010/2011
billi

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 Sep 14, 2010
Thanks for our patience? I gave up on this doomed franchise long ago. Why are the Wolves always the youngest team in the league??. Kahn sounds like a nutjob. Who in their right mind thinks this team will win more than 20 games? And, who would pay to watch this crap?
John

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Sep 14, 2010
Most rebuilding jobs aren't considered "nearly complete" until there is a centerpiece, a keystone. In this case we've got a fancy keychain, a killer stereo, and some nice rims, but no blanking car!

Earth to Kahn - shut up until you have something to talk about. If you get Rubio signed and he turns out to be the 2nd coming of Pete Maravich and you trade for and re-sign Melo, then you can take out a full page ad in the paper proclaiming your genius. Until then, the only time people will show up for a game is if the other team is good.
B-Easy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 14, 2010
I really like the Up~tempo game plan. Should be an exciting team to watch. I think they will surprise a lot of folks this year. I see them in the playoff next year with Rubio and Mello!
pashook

Andover, MN

#9 Sep 14, 2010
BS, They won't win 12 games. David Kahn is the Matt Milllen of the NBA
Nearly_complete

Cottage Grove, MN

#10 Sep 14, 2010
How so? We have nothing on this team that would convince me we are "nearly complete". Even if Rubio graces us with his presence, you still have a problem with Jonny Flynn because they can't both be on the floor together, no matter what Kahn tries to tell us. Also, can Rubio play in Rambis' triangle offense? Who will be your go-to scorer in the 4th quarter? Who is your defensive stopper in the middle? Do you need a veteran or two off the bench? There are too many questions to proclaim the T-Dogs are "nearly complete".
Tommytits

United States

#11 Sep 14, 2010
I think that David Kahn is doing a much better job than everyone thinks. He has a recipe for success and he is sticking to his recipe. He went out and got the best ingredients available for his recipe and now he is cooking away. The season hasn't even started yet and people are counting him and the T-wolves out. All I'm trying to say is, give the guy a chance to present his plate before you send it back.
Ron The Afghan Man

Columbus, OH

#12 Sep 14, 2010
Sounds very Honest and Moving,with Kurt at the helm and Promising young players, I believe this team will challenge in 3 years!!!!!
Take it to the BANK. OH THAT'S another team, needing a lot of luck and good fortune.
ALMOST DONE

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Sep 14, 2010
"Just need a couple more point guards and we'll be all set!"
The Pundit

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Sep 15, 2010
"Last season Darko earned $7.5 million in the final year of a four-year deal. He took almost a 50 percent paycut to return to the NBA. He wants to be here and we want him here. There simply aren't many centers of his size and athleticism who are capable of playing an all-around game."

And he's definitely not one of them. Also, Loser Hayward is a joke. Don't put together a roster that couldn't finish .500 in the D-League and tell us you're on the right track.
Dick

Arlington, MA

#15 Sep 15, 2010
I'm still willing to give Kahn a chance. At least he is trying to do something rather than sit around and hope. However, he's saying that all the Wolves need is a superstar! Isn't that the same thing that every GM is saying that doesn't have Durant, Kobe or Wade?
DD Austin

Brandon, MS

#16 Sep 16, 2010
Stop the talk! Talk is cheap!! What we want to see is RESULTS!! Until then - do us all a favor "con-man" ZIP IT!! ;(

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#17 Sep 16, 2010
this is twins territory
The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#18 Sep 17, 2010
I like Kahn, just like I liked Terry Ryan. Kahn seems slick, and perhaps he is. But he says what he means and he uses understandable English. Contrast this with a certain Vikings coach.

I really am rooting for Kahn. He's one guy I would like to see shut up the nay-sayers.
johnny

Lake Grove, NY

#20 Sep 19, 2010
let sebastian start
Kahn-tiki

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Sep 20, 2010
Well, the rebuilding better not be "almost complete" until the team is a proven winner. Even teams with winning rosters are always in the process of rebuilding. Look at the pieces added to the Celtics this off-season. This team will be much better and more enjoyable to watch(eventually), but the journey to the top will require more work for Mr. Kahn. Perhaps he meant to say that for this season he was going with what he has on the roster.
former wolves fan

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Sep 21, 2010
I Care Man I Care wrote:
I like his attitude but overall I'm not blaming
him for the timberwolve's demise.
I blame the NBA & David Stern,
1. The lottery is a scam, big market teams get
the top players and even if a losing team gets the top pick that player can force his way to another team....ala...Steve Francis & Starbury.
2. Year in and out top free agent players like Lebron and Chris Bosh can now play GM and force their way onto their favorite coached team leaving teams like the Wolves who could afford them to not even try.
3. Players are now choosing to stay or play overseas instead of the once great NBA because of the rise in level of play overseas and team ball they practice.
4. Fans are disenchanted yearly from going to a ball game at home because of: thug mentality in some players, no superstar, price of seats & have I to say this but no white player superstar.
5. Compare the NBA to the NFL.....teams in the NFL every season has a chance to go deep into the playoffs or even win the Championship(Saints 1st superbowl). In the NBA you have nil as long as you don't have Kobe, Duncan, Lebron , Garnett, or coach phil jackson.
Most fans in losing cities are given free tickets, paid to go or rich enough to not care about the lousy games they are seeing.
Good luck NBA you'll need it because you've lost more fans then you even care.
I agree with most things you've said except one about the white super star thing. Although there isn't any white superstars from usa, there are white stars from other countries such as Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki. And I don't think you could blame the NBA and david stern for the U.S. not having white superstars because is't it up to the players if they become a superstar or not? You can't make someone a superstar if they're not good enough. But I do agree that the NBA is not competitive at all. Unless you are the Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Magics and maybe Spurs. You might as well skip the season, sorry but you've got no chance of winning anything until all the star players from the before mentioned teams retires. Sounds too much like the NCAA where smaller less popular schools can only dream of landing star players.

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