The last thing you would expect from this man -- who collects point guards like they’re bottle caps and figured Darko Milicic was worth $20 million -- is bad judgment, but that’s exactly what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn showed Tuesday night.
With his team having the best shot at winning the 2011 NBA Draft lottery because it was absolutely awful all year long, Kahn was riding high and the percentages were in his favor. He figured he’d get the top pick in the draft, select a point guard -- because that's just what he does -- and continue to be the greatest executive in the history of modern American sports.
Alas, this was not the case. (Note: Let's pause for a second to remind everyone this is a lottery, which means 'a random game of chance.' If everybody knew who was going to win the lottery in advance, it wouldn't be called the NBA lottery, would it? Sure, the Wolves had the most likelihood of winning, but that doesnt' mean they would win.)
So the ping pong gods, for whatever reason, decided to give the nod for this year’s No. 1 overall pick not to the Timberwolves, but to the always-fascinating Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron’s spurned ex-team was represented at the lottery by owner Dan Gilbert’s 14-year-old son, Nick, a remarkably likable young man who just so happens to suffer from neurofibrosis.
Graceful in defeat, as always, Kahn made these comments as reported by Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press:
"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines," Kahn said, while smiling, on Tuesday. "Last year it was Abe Pollin's widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told (Utah executive) Kevin (O'Connor): 'We're toast.' This is not happening for us, and I was right."
Later on, after just about everyone deemed the Wolves GM as the worst human being on the face of the earth, video of Kahn’s quote emerged. Then Kahn himself came out and said his comments were in jest. And, apparently, because the reporters in the video laughed at Kahn’s ridiculous babbling, that somehow solidified it was a joke.
Was it all in good fun? Maybe. If the type of humor that tickles your funny bone is widows and teens with nerve disorders, that is.
Judge the hilarity of Kahn’s shtick below. The good stuff comes in around the 2:23 mark.