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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-06-06


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-06-06


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-06-06
Two weeks after David Kahn was named the Timberwolves' new president of basketball operations and with three weeks remaining until the NBA draft, the team's coaching situation for next season remained unresolved.

Kahn and Kevin McHale have met twice in those weeks to discuss a job that McHale held for the season's final 63 games last season, but remains open as of June 4 because neither side has been willing to commit to the other.

"The most important thing is to do this the right way," Kahn said. "I don't have a timetable. I don't think it'd be appropriate to have a timetable. You cannot allow yourself to be driven by schedule in making those types of decisions. You need to be driven by the process and make sure the process delivers the best result. There's really nothing I sense or feel that means it has to happen now.

"I'm a big believer in thoroughness and detail and preparation."

Kahn said the two men will meet again the week beginning June 8 because McHale's schedule precludes meeting for another week. They met for the first time May 26, then met again June 2.

Both times were over dinner.

Until last week, I never had spent any significant time with Kevin McHale in my life," Kahn said. "We're still only at about four, five hours total. That's not a lot of time. That's because of schedule. I cannot simply shove everything else aside -- and neither could he -- or I'd be doing a disservice to some of the needs we have right now, which is getting ready for this draft and starting to figure out how to change this team."

Kahn also he said he will step back from providing regular updates about the situation.

"I didn't intend for this to occur, but I think there's a moment-to-moment breathless quality to it that I will take responsibility for," he said. "That's my fault. I would like to tone that down. I think anything I say or don't say will become the proverbial tea leaves. Nobody should read anything into it. There's no palace intrigue here. There really isn't."

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: January. After a 2-14 December left them 6-25, the Wolves started the month a startling 10-2 and ended it with losses to Detroit and the L.A. Lakers. A single month offered hope that the Wolves had turned the proverbial corner, and it won Kevin McHale the Western Conference Coach of the Month award.

TURNING POINT: Al Jefferson's season-ending knee injury late in a game on Feb. 8 in New Orleans. Just when it looked like McHale had guided a dramatic turnaround, the Wolves lost the player around whom their new coach had organized everything. Jefferson landed awkwardly and hopped across the floor clutching his right knee, which he discovered the next morning had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Wolves went 7-26 the rest of the way without him.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 6, 2009

 

 
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