September 02, 2010
The Internet has certainly had its fun at the expense of Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn. Between constantly acquiring point guards, then doing the same with small forwards, then giving Darko Milicic a $20 million contract, and then talking crazy any time he's in front of a camera, he's made it pretty easy. But maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe we should let things play out for the Timberwolves. After all, none of us are actually there with Kahn, trying to understand his process. We base our opinions off reports and actions, but maybe if we were around the team, Kahn's plan would make more sense.
SI.com: What's the Timberwolves' plan for improvement?
Love: I hope we have a plan. I don't know what it is at this point. We obviously made a lot of moves, but I'm out there playing and thinking between the lines, not making decisions. I'm just trying to hope for the best and that we keep getting better as a team.
All that stuff I said earlier about giving Kahn a chance because we're not privvy to the ins and outs of his thought process? Nevermind. If one of the biggest pieces of the team doesn't even know if there is a plan for the future, that's probably a bad sign.
What's worse is that a big part of Kahn's mythical plan hinges on Ricky Rubio(notes) coming to the Timberwolves some time. No one is really sure when, but the T-Wolves are really planning on that happening. However, even if he does and even if he's really good, that doesn't mean Minnesota's roster will make any more sense. I mean, adding another point guard to a team full of point guards doesn't make the team have less point guards. Quite the opposite, actually.
Who knows, though? Maybe in the next two years Kahn finds trading partners for all of his duplicate pieces and is able to use Minnesota's cap space to add a decent free agent, then Rubio comes over and the Timberwolves are an actual team that makes sense from a position standpoint. However, if David Kahn's been at the helm this long and one of his best players is willing to admit he doesn't know if there's a plan in place, don't count on it. In the dismissive words of Chris Webber(notes), "Good luck."