Woj has a history of overly-aggressive interpretations of news the Timberwolves generate.
Some samplings from his piece on the hiring of Rick Adelman:
“Privately, Adelman didn’t disguise his disdain for Kahn. They go back to Adelman’s glory days coaching the Portland Trail Blazers in the late 1980s and 1990s, when Kahn was covering the NBA beat as a sportswriter for the Oregonian. The idea that a bad sportswriter had turned into a brutal NBA executive troubled him, sources said. He couldn’t stand him then, and had no intention of resurrecting a working relationship with the man.”
“Yes, this happened because Adelman finally found a way to justify the possibilities against the biggest drawback of the job: walking into the office and getting a daily dose of Kahn’s empty thoughts on basketball, his embarrassing management style.”
“David Kahn still has his office, his business cards, but a lousy sportswriter turned farce of a GM is back where he started: trying to win Adelman’s respect, trying to stay an insider on the coach’s team.”
To an unabashed David Kahn hater, this stuff is pure pulp. Beat the drums, get out the pitchforks, and set the mob loose on Target Center.
Except the latest hubbub isn’t even a news piece — unless the news is that Kevin Love’s feelings are still hurt over his contract negotiations or that he ate shrimp cocktail at a Philly steakhouse. (I’d argue the latter is the more newsworthy of the two.)
“I don’t know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,” Love told Yahoo! Sports. “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.
“That’s a tough pill to swallow.”
Not only is Love referring to a quote from two years ago, it’s Taylor talking tough and flexing his ignorance — perhaps more than a little informed from years of watching Kevin Garnett drag a sub-standard supporting cast to the playoffs year after year.
“Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question,” Love says. “And that’s what really hurt me.”
This is more than a little melodramatic.
“You walk into the locker room every year, and it’s completely turned over,” Love says. “There’s new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a … plan?”
No issues with his thinking out loud at all.
“I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me, and the people who have done wrong by me,” he says. “It will be embedded in my brain, and something I won’t forget about. There’s no telling what will happen. I would love to compete for a championship in Minnesota, but …”
Lots of players — even teams — have used their front office as motivation. Major League comes to mind. So do the Jordan/Pippen-led Bulls.
This is the kind of article we’ll be seeing every time a Kahn-basher wants to write their favorite kind of column, yet amounts to little more than an entry in Love’s diary.
Bottom line: there’s nothing wrong with this situation a little winning won’t cure.