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News » Minnesota Timberwolves' cave-in 'inexcusable,' David Kahn says

Minnesota Timberwolves' cave-in 'inexcusable,' David Kahn says

Minnesota Timberwolves' cave-in 'inexcusable,' David Kahn says Timberwolves president of Basketball operations David Kahn was in Oracle Arena on Monday night for a close-up view of the team's record-tying loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The Wolves' 41-point loss in Oakland, Calif., matched the worst defeat in franchise history, a 113-72 rout at Miami on March 5, 1996, and led to strong criticism from Kahn about the players' competitiveness and a subtle warning if he senses a trend.

"I don't want to sugarcoat what I feel was a lack of fight from our team Monday night," Kahn said of the Wolves' 146-105 loss. "It's inexcusable and unacceptable, for any one game, for us not to put up the requisite fight. I hope it does not become a pattern. If it does, it will be remedied. We will not spend an entire season tolerating that."

Kahn said the new coaching staff, led by Kurt Rambis, is the "strength of the team," which means any potential changes would start with the players.

Kahn stressed that eight games into the NBA regular season is too soon to make "sweeping judgments," but he did not rule out the possibility of roster moves if the team fails to become more competitive.

The Wolves (1-7), who play Portland tonight at Target Center, have not won since the opening night of the season and have lost their past three games by an average of 26.3 points. Kahn met with Rambis and his assistants after Friday's 15-point home loss to Milwaukee, a game that seemed to bring the Wolves back to reality after an inspiring two-point loss to Boston two nights earlier.

Since the Boston game, the Wolves have struggled to score and defend in key stretches. Golden State had 74 points at halftime.

Kahn hopes the Monday night breakdown was an "aberration," but he cautioned that it's time to move on from excuses.

"We know we have a young team with a new coaching staff and a new culture, but we don't want to overly rely on those things as crutches," he said. "At some point, we need to stop talking about those things. We're all accountable, myself especially."

Kahn made numerous moves in the offseason, sparing only five players from last season's roster. Before the season, he consistently maintained that the team would struggle. He asked for patience from fans and projected a "two- to three-year plan" for turning the team around.

Monday's performance, however, challenged Kahn to remain positive.

"It's much too early to paint everything with a bad brush," he said. "When things clicked, we've had some very bright moments. There have also been some moments that were abysmal, but that's part of who we are as a team."

Three Wolves on ballot: Forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love, and guard Ramon Sessions are listed on the ballot for fans to vote for starters in the NBA All-Star Game, scheduled for Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Jefferson, Love and Sessions are aiming for their first NBA all-star appearances.

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