As we’ve mentioned before, Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn is a bit of a buffoon. On Tuesday he yet again gave credence to that opinion of him.
During his press conference to announce the firing of Kurt Rambis, Kahn mentioned the names Ricky Rubio and Brad Miller. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but the NBA happens to be in the middle of a lockout. Which means people on the ownership side of things aren’t supposed to discuss league issues or players. If they do, they will be fined…potentially up to $1 million.
That press conference was streamed live, but when the Timberwolves posted video of the press conference on their website, they featured a shorter version that didn’t have Kahn’s offending comments included. Anyone else think Kahn realized he made a mistake and ordered someone to cut the clip up?
Portland Trail Blazers acting general manager Chad Buchanan confirmed that he was warned by the league about comments he made recently. Buchanan had said “yeah” after someone mentioned that it was bad that the NBA’s summer league had been canceled. So obviously the NBA is taking this no talking thing pretty seriously.
Is this a ridiculous and idiotic rule? Yes, it absolutely is. The fact that NBA general managers aren’t allowed to acknowledge the existence of certain people is probably one of the most overbearing and stupid rules we’ve ever even heard of. But should general managers also be the first people to adhere to the rule and follow it to the letter? Uh, yeah, that would probably be a good idea.
The league’s response to Kahn’s comments has been non-committal so far: “Nothing to report at this time.”
That doesn’t mean he won’t get clipped for disobeying the NBA’s mandate. In fact, we’d bet Kahn will face some type of fine in the next two weeks for his careless words, no matter how stupid the rule David Stern and co. have instituted is.