David Kahn could shed light on Timber...

David Kahn could shed light on Timberwolves' strategy for next season

There are 26 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 12, 2011, titled David Kahn could shed light on Timberwolves' strategy for next season. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and president David Kahn will have the final say in decisions they hope will translate into a winning product next season, and neither is talking right now.

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Kevin Mcfail

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Apr 12, 2011
What they need to do is trade some number 1 picks, lock joe smith up to an under the table arrangement and trade their best player. The best player would be.... ummmmm welll....... that one guy...

ok they all suck, the Kahn man is making me look good!
Mike

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 12, 2011
I think having a strategy is a good move. And it's nice to try something new.
Gcracker

Rochester, MN

#3 Apr 13, 2011
So Beasley says the team "bought into Kurt's system a little too late". When exactly did they "buy into his system" because it's not working. The last I looked, they were about to lose their 15th straight. If they would have bought into his system at the beginning of the year they might be 0-82. Unless they have somehow manage to get Kobe, the "triangle offense" should be scrapped. Rambis has to go. The Wolves need a defense-oriented coach, a new GM and a roster full of better players.
Zingbopper

Merrillan, WI

#4 Apr 13, 2011
" Strategy for next season "?
That would be dissolving the team. It's the only one with a successful outcome.
Richardson, you are the biggest kool-aid drinker of them all. Losers.
fracas

Gadsden, AL

#5 Apr 13, 2011
There are a lot of negatives. The previous four posters have already alluded to some of them. I am going to talk about a few things that have gone right.

This team does have some potential big time talent. I know that it is hard to see sometimes, but Love, Beasley, and Randolph all look like they could be stars if they can develop their talents correctly. I admit that it may never happen for them, and am only saying that the tools are there. Whether a different coaching staff would accelerate their development is another matter.

The team has some backups that are good enough that they could be in anyone's rotation. Tolliver, Webster, and Ridnour are all good enough backups that they could play in a Championship teams rotation. The problem is that they are either starting, or else playing heavy minutes, for a wolves team lacking leadership, and already developed go-to players.

We most likely stand to get one of the top three picks in the draft. We could either add some talent or else use the pick in a trade.

My final thought is that this "blow up" the roster once again mentality is the wrong thing to do. This team needs some continuity. I think that means bringing Rambis back for another year, along with the assistants, and trying to build on what they learned, and what the players learned, this year. I know the record is PUTRID, but this team played, but lost, a lot of close games up until about the first of March, at which time a lot of them just kind of gave up and started going through the motions.

ALL of the players need to continue to improve. Love needs to start worrying about playing D on his man instead of hanging in the lane trying to get rebounds. Beasley needs to start playing like a "team player" on both offense and defense, instead of worrying about getting "his". Randolph needs to work on his shot, plus hit the weight room. Johnson needs to work on his handle, his shot, and his lack of aggressiveness.

I know the record is what it is, 17 wins. My point is that the cupboard is not bare and that it would be wrong to attempt to dissolve everything and start all over.... yet once again.
mottled wolves

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Apr 13, 2011
How about having them wear Lynx uniforms?
No Kahn Do

Duluth, MN

#7 Apr 13, 2011
The Kahn man has done nothing but make a bad team worse - the worst in the league for that matter. He has no "plan" other than to milk Taylor for at least three years pay for a job he was never qualified for in the first place. Change isn't always the answer but when the wrong person was hired for the job (granted after numerous others declined the position) change is the only answer. This team will continue to embarrass as long as Kahn is on the payroll.
Sad Wolfie

Englewood, CO

#8 Apr 13, 2011
Unless Rambis plans on making big changes to his system especially on defense, he must go.

There is no reason to blow up the roster. We must build on what we have. Love is an All-Star. Beasley, Randolph, and Johnson all have the potential to be legitimate NBA starters on a good team. Ridnour and Tolliver are quality backups.

We just need to add to the talent. We need Rubio to come over this year. We need to get a very good player in the draft. Then Kahn needs to trade for or sign in free agency at least one veteran player who is a legitimate NBA starter at any position but power forward.
sid hartman

Portland, OR

#9 Apr 13, 2011
Who cares? contraction!what a joke they are .
Purple Haze

Center City, MN

#10 Apr 13, 2011
The NBA is a point guard drivin league. The Wolves in their current Triangle system need a pass first floor general such as Derek Fisher has been for the Lakers. Most NBA mock drafts, yes I've been researching them since early December, have the Wolves going with K. Irving from Duke. If that is the case I don't see him being in the Derek Fisher mold. The fact is there aren't many young point guards out there willing to fill that role. So the answer in my mind is the team needs to change it's focus and give it's point guards more freedom to create and drive to the basket. Look at Chicago as a model. Rose is the favorite for MVP they have a hard nosed rebounder in Boozer, some athletic defenders and shooters and they are the #1 seed in the East, which is saying quite a bit considering Boston and Miami are loaded with stars. Rambis and the Triangle will never work with out elite type players at the 2 and 3 positions. The only player in the draft that could possibly fit this mold is Williams from Arizona. If the Wolves draft another point guard like Irving and keep Rambis and his system they will repeat their production from this season. Taylor has to understand this!! This story points it out clearly, that the triangle system takes time to learn and the right players. We are basically going to have a top 3 pick who is going to be expected to log big minutes next year, and if we keep the same system in place we are going to be asking this player, either Rubio, Irving, or both, to learn a system that current players don't even understand after running it for 1-2 years. This approach will not produce wins, but only more loses and pushing the rebuilding process back further while continuing to push the fragile fan base closer to the edge. With the right mix of current players, add rubio and a high draft pick as well as a Vet or two, while bringing in a new Coach and GM with a basic guard friendly D-first system, similar to Chicago, I could see this team winning 25-35 games next year and possibly 40 plus the following year. This would build hope in the fan base and generate some excitement.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#11 Apr 13, 2011
Read my lips.
Glen Taylor who is worth over 2.2 BILLION DOLLARS according to Forbes and one of the most successful businessman in the state of Minnesota will never have the Timberwolves be a profitable franchise.
Tax loss, baby.

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/03/mi...
Purple Haze

Center City, MN

#12 Apr 13, 2011
Gcracker wrote:
So Beasley says the team "bought into Kurt's system a little too late". When exactly did they "buy into his system" because it's not working. The last I looked, they were about to lose their 15th straight. If they would have bought into his system at the beginning of the year they might be 0-82. Unless they have somehow manage to get Kobe, the "triangle offense" should be scrapped. Rambis has to go. The Wolves need a defense-oriented coach, a new GM and a roster full of better players.
Could not have said it better myself!!
Your silly

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Apr 13, 2011
It doesn't matter where they finish, as the lottery is rigged anyway. Everyone knows it. Either way, drafting is 50% luck, and you have to be calculated. Stop taking the 1 year wonders like Flynn. Take proven comodities, like keeping Ty Lawson, or taking someone like Kemba Walker.

I hope that sooner than later, they are at least competitive. Too bad I hate the NBA.
Jack Hammer

Longview, WA

#14 Apr 13, 2011
Your silly wrote:
It doesn't matter where they finish, as the lottery is rigged anyway. Everyone knows it. Either way, drafting is 50% luck, and you have to be calculated. Stop taking the 1 year wonders like Flynn. Take proven comodities, like keeping Ty Lawson, or taking someone like Kemba Walker.
I hope that sooner than later, they are at least competitive. Too bad I hate the NBA.
Ty Lawson would have been worse in this offense than Flynn. Kemba Walker? You're kidding ... right? There is no Derrick Rose or John Wall in this draft!
fracas

Gadsden, AL

#15 Apr 13, 2011
Da Crusher_RIP wrote:
Read my lips.
Glen Taylor who is worth over 2.2 BILLION DOLLARS according to Forbes and one of the most successful businessman in the state of Minnesota will never have the Timberwolves be a profitable franchise.
Tax loss, baby.
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/03/mi...
Forgive me, but your comment is so stupid. Yes, a loss on the basketball franchise can be used to offset gains from other businesses. But, he is better off financially if he makes money on ALL of his businesses. For example, if he makes 50 million on his printing business and loses 3 million on the wolves he ends up paying tax on 47 million. Let's just say that it is taxed at 35 percent. That leaves him with 30.55 million after tax profit. Now lets say he makes the same 50 million in printing and MAKES 3 million profit on the wolves. That adds up to 53 million. Taxed at the same 35 percent leaves him with 34.45 million after tax profit. How could anyone ever think that 30.55 ends up being better than 34.45 is beyond me, and nobody who had even half a clue could think that.

Which proves that you have no clue what you are talking about. Sorry, but I am calling "B--- S---" on you.
yeah sure

Burnsville, MN

#16 Apr 13, 2011
I say, leave them together, add a couple veterans and let's see how they do next year. I don't want to see another rebuilding effort yet.
The real just another day

Hugo, MN

#17 Apr 13, 2011
Word of the day, mudducks: contraction! How doe Oklahoma City Thunderwolves sound??
fracas

Gadsden, AL

#18 Apr 13, 2011
Jack Hammer wrote:
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Ty Lawson would have been worse in this offense than Flynn. Kemba Walker? You're kidding ... right? There is no Derrick Rose or John Wall in this draft!
You are correct in my opinion, at least about the lack of stars in this draft. Neither Williams nor Irving have the freak athleticism AND game that every draft seems to have one or two of. Most years Irving and Williams would be picked 3rd to 5th. Not so sure about your Lawson comment as Lawson has speed that Flynn doesn't have, plus a shot. how could he possibly have been any worse?
Your silly

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Apr 13, 2011
Jack Hammer wrote:
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Ty Lawson would have been worse in this offense than Flynn. Kemba Walker? You're kidding ... right? There is no Derrick Rose or John Wall in this draft!
Lawson would not have been worse than Flynn. He may not be a good as he is in Denver right now, but he'd be better than Flynn.

Kemba Walker is a proven commodity. He isn't necessarily a superstar, but he is solid, consistent, and a great finisher with a stable head.

We sure could use that in a guard. and he can play both positions.
Mark

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Apr 13, 2011
He's 56-144 as a head coach now, and has yet to win even 20 out of 82 games in a season. You can't retain him.

But I don't know what Rambis is supposed to do with this level of talent. The NBA affords no chance to cities like Minneapolis to see a title contender unless they win the draft lottery (and don't miss on the pick)

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