David Kahn Rumors
But here he is in the Las Vegas Review Journal as a candidate to be the next athletic director at UNLV. In addition to his work with the Wolves, the paper notes that Kahn was credited with helping with UCLA’s renovation of Pauley Pavilion as a consultant. The other four listed potential candidates, though, are either former or current high-ranking college athletics administration officials. Kahn would have to be considered a dark horse among that bunch. Then again, who would have imagined he would have been hired with the Wolves in 2009 when he got that job?
“I met with [then-Wolves GM] David Kahn and told him: ‘Don’t trade for me for the love of God. I don’t want to play in the NBA anymore. I’ll ruin your team. I’ll f*** up the team chemistry. Do not trade for me. When it’s not working it’s not working.’ He told me to join them for two weeks, and if I’m not feeling it I’m free to leave. My first year there actually went great. “My experience in the NBA was a catastrophe, because I’m a born winner. I don’t like losing, even in card games.
Minnesota started that night five year ago with the No. 2 pick, the No. 20 pick and a $4 million problem. Kahn intended to fire then-coach Kurt Rambis, but he hadn’t and let him twist in the wind for months. Rambis was owed about $4 million on his contract and, based on conversations with other executives, it seems that Kahn was under a de facto mandate he had to raise that money to pay off Rambis before firing him. For the record, Kahn strongly denied this was the case. But many competitors who were doing business with him did not believe him.
Any indication what David Kahn has been up to recently? Jerry Zgoda: I think he’s still living in Portland and wants to get back into the NBA. He had been doing some teaching at NYU and writing for Bloomberg, I believe.
The real problems, though, were much the same as during Garnett’s stay: historically poor management decisions, not enough help on the court and something of an intractable, country-club culture undercutting any player’s or players’ intensity or urgency. Love chafed at the Wolves’ losing, at four head coaches in six years and at former GM David Kahn’s frequently expressed view that Love really wasn’t a franchise player.
David Kahn, the former Timberwolves president of basketball operations who neglected to give Kevin Love the five-year contract he sought in 2012 — allowing the three-time all-star to opt out of his current deal after next season and force a trade to Cleveland — has been spotted around town in Portland, Ore.