Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 10:20 am  |  25 responses

Rick Adelman Doesn’t Like David Kahn Very Much

Money trumped Rick Adelman’s feelings about Wolves’ GM David Kahn. Fun times ahead in Minny. Reports Yahoo! Sports: “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. As they say, you can’t pick your family members, or your beat writers. Your GM? Well, that’s different. Adelman badly wanted the Los Angeles Lakers job, and he would’ve been hired had GM Mitch Kupchak not had to defer to Jim Buss’ desire for Mike Brown. Once Kurt Rambis was fired, Kahn reached out, and Adelman resisted. Ultimately, Kahn needed Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to get involved in the recruitment of Adelman, because the GM had no chance with him. Five months ago, Adelman never would’ve imagined he’d coach the Timberwolves. He was 65 years old, wanted a contender, and the Wolves are a long, long way away. Well, $5 million a season can change a man’s mind. It’s no crime, but understand: The money mattered here. Probably mattered the most. Yes, Adelman wanted to coach Kevin Love, but he had no intention of doing it on a discount. In the end, money overrode everything – including the presence of Kahn. ‘Rick would never agree to anything with Kahn,’ one league official connected to Adelman said Monday. ‘This had to be [a deal] with Taylor. …Rick has talked many times of his dislike for Kahn.’”

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  • runNGun

    I love this relationship between Adrian Wojnarowski (NBA agents’ mouthpiece) and David Kahn (car salesman). Both writers are like two scorned lovers. Damn, Kahn, what did you do… Kahn’ed Adrian of his favorite Barbie doll as a child? LOL

    Frankly, with that article, Woj’s cred takes a hit after proclaiming all summer that no legit coaching candidate would EVER want the Kahn job. Adrian can’t give the guy credit where credit is due.

    Going to have to pop the popcorn! Give us a show Kahn and Woj!

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    this should be fun. they both suck.

  • Overtime

    Why oh why the hell did Brown get hired instead of Adelman. I’ll never know. Adelman makes such sense for the Lakers

  • LA Huey

    @Overtime, I agree. But it works out better for us Laker haters.

  • Wray

    @Overtime – Brown got hired because not only did the Lakers need youth in the coaching department, but realistically they needed get a coach that has been to the finals in the last decade. Seeing as LA is the most likely landing spot for Dwight Howard, they need to have all their ducks in a row (so to speak) when they make a pitch for him. That said, as a Laker hater myself, I look forward to watching all of that fall the hell apart.

  • Jamaal87

    Jerry Bus is losing it….

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Woj with the leading language.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Wow, I didn’t know Adelman wanted to be with the Lakers so bad… dam.

  • fish sticks

    5 mil a year for the coach, on a team so far from contending they probably won’t for the next 5-10 years unless something drastic happens… I thought Minny was short on cash, hence the lockout

  • MikeC.

    This will end in a positive manner.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s what Woj does.

  • MarioD

    Adelman will lead a team to the playoffs, or possible being playoff hopefuls. Only with the right players on board that’s not highly injury prone stars. It was shown in Sacramento and Houston although their stars were up in age or injury prone. The thing Adelman he’s not going to lead them deep into the playoffs none whatsoever. Other than that… Why hate Kahn? Kahn is the reason why the Wolves are making pointless draft picks year after year. Pretty much is saying keep him away from these big international draft picks that are a risky gamble, and we’re seeing what’s happening to Ricky Rubio in Eurobasket right now. For Adelman’s case… Keep Kahn away from blogging.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    my comment isn’t showing up — So I’ma say again, is anyone surprised that this article came from Wojatellmehowtospellthisski and it was about Kahn and his already rocky relationship with a coach who has not even been officially introduced?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I still prefer “Wojnoloveforbronski” myself…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ GotHandles: Since when does Rick Adelman suck? He’s been on of the best coaches in the NBA for… two decades.

  • Ron

    I think your comments are ignorant.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    In other news, Rick Adelman doesn’t like Shawn Marion’s shooting form, Dwight Howard’s FT percentage, Rashard Lewis’ contract, or Adam Morrisson’s moustache.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This will be one of those redundant “coaching the first year and the team makes the playoffs (8th seed) so the new coach gets the COY award” scenarios… see, Mike Brown, Byron Scott, Doc Rivers for an example….. Jerry Sloan should be on watch around award time.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @ Caboose – In other news, UDATE JUST IN – Rick Adelman also has dislike for Houston’s (McDonalds inspired) alternative uni, Beasley’s “blend”, JJ Barea’s stockiness and Blake Griffin clearing the corner of the bonnet and not the car itself..

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Rick Adelman also doesn’t like the way Kevin Love pulls his jersey strap up every five seconds.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    He also doesn’t like Andre Blatche’s coloring book, Brook Lopez’ rebounding average, the Detroit Pistons, or Donald Sterling.

  • Will Lee

    i take that too. 5 mil a year.

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rick hates snow.