Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 6:35 pm  |  15 responses

David Kahn Claims He Was Joking About Draft Lottery Fix

The immortal David Kahn can’t believe that some people took his poorly-planned Draft Lottery joke seriously – the mocking didn’t bother him too much, I presume — including, possibly, those at NBA HQ. From the Star Tribune: “David Kahn is astonished. That was his word. Kahn, the Timberwolves president of basketball operations, was in Chicago, about to head into a predraft combine meeting Wednesday morning. But he took some time to react to the rather large reaction his post-draft lottery comments created. ‘I’m astonished,’ he said. ‘But that’s the world we live in.’ … Kahn intended then, and insisted again Wednesday, that it was a joke. An attempt at humor. He noted that the reporters surrounding him Tuesday night chuckled. ‘It was completely meant in a light-hearted fashion,’ Kahn said. ‘And it was received as such. Nobody followed up with, ‘What are you trying to say?’ Nobody’s antenna went up. … Nobody there listening said, ‘He’s trying to [suggest a conspiracy].’ It was the opposite. They laughed. They knew it was a joke.’ … Kahn said that the league had him miked up from 45 minutes before the lottery on, intending to use what they got for a lottery show that will run later. Kahn noted wryly that the league encourages folks to be compelling and funny. ‘On the other hand, they want to then say, ‘You can’t say that,’ he said. ‘All I’m saying is, that’s what drives sports,’ Kahn continued. ‘The story lines tend to win out. It’s karma. I turned to people last night, after it was over, and I said that next year all the teams will send teenagers.’ … Wednesday Kahn said he had not heard from the league about his comments, and said he didn’t know whether he would be fined.”

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  • http://www.mvp247.com Greg Tanner

    Back-tracking pu**y

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uk3FWToczA EJ

    Nice recovery, but is it good enough?

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Now he’s also gonna get fined for implying that the league doesn’t let you speak your mind. Lol

  • @Deknowz


  • robb

    You’re an *sshole Kahn!!!

    I was kidding too!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    I would back-track too if I realized it might save me $100,000 and im betting most other people would too.

  • Fat Lever

    Would only make sense if he claimed he was joking throughout his tenure as a GM.

  • dsleepy

    both teams played hard

  • Jackie M.

    Okay, on to the next topic.

  • FLIGHT 9


  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Take another point guard!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKZ-KmR5Qw Max

    All his trades were jokes too probably..

  • JL

    Kahn we’re not laughing with you we’re all laughing at you. Who hired this idiot and why is he not fired yet?

  • http://slamonline tony

    why is he crazy for saying the draft is fixed? the only idiots are the one that thinks the league is pure and legit!.. everyone knows the nba only caters to the elite team or individual that brings in the ratings! you guys really think that the twolves would win the draft lottery and while cleveland get stick again?..be for real ppl wake the f up! the nba is the wwe now..its scripted and control from the top!!

  • http://slamonline tony

    ….and if you need further convincing…why is it that cleveland won the lottery and the mavericks may make the finals?..connect the dots you idiots…both of their owners have strong say so in this summer nba lockout..and if ole good servant stern dont appease them ..then there will be a long lockout..Remember cuban been wanting to stick to the league for years since 2006 finals..and cleveland gilbert..well this could be his shiny moment to get even with the conspirators that organized last summer debacle! stay tune it should be a fun summer..Im hoping the league gets abolished!!