Some People Just Can’t Take A Joke

Timberwolves President brushes off comment as “joke”.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

The NBA held it's draft lottery Tuesday night with the winner of it being the Cleveland Cavaliers, who used a pick acquired from the Clippers that had a 2.9% of claiming the number one spot to do so. In second place came the unluckiest team in sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves had the best shot at number 1, a 25% chance, but they also carried a laundry list of missed chances when it came to snagging the top spot. They have had 14 shots at nailing the number 1 pick and have come away empty handed at every shot.


Apparently, all the ill fortune finally got to the Timberwolves representative for the night, President David Kahn, because after he missed out yet again for the coveted top spot, he made some comments that implied that the event was rigged.

"This league has a habit — and I am just going to say habit — of producing some pretty incredible story lines." Kahn said with a smirk to a group of reporters.

He also went on to point out how the Wizards sent out the widow of longtime owner Abe Pollin last year to represent them and got the first pick so when the Cavaliers sent 14 year old Nick Gibson, who has battled disease since birth, he knew he was in trouble.

These comment, made more harsh in print then in watching the actual tape of him saying it, has caught the league's attention, thus causing Kahn to release a statement trying to defuse the potential situation.

"I don't believe in jinxes, curses (or) hocus pocus, and I certainly don't think we were wronged," Kahn said. "But I do believe in the power of story, and I joked last night that it's a heck (of a) better story for a 14-year-old kid to beat out a couple of middle-aged executives standing together on a stage on national TV — and that our league seems to always have its own share of luck in being a part of these stories."

Kahn added: "That was the entire meaning of what I said last night in a joking fashion and what I believe was received in such fashion."

It should be noted that having the best odds to get the top pick doesn't guarantee you getting it. In fact, quite the opposite is the case as only twice in the history of the lotto has the team with the best odds actually got the top pick, those being the 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2004 Orlando Magic.

There have been quit rumblings since the lotto that the T-Wolves may be interested in trading the second pick before the upcoming draft on June 23rd. They also have the Jazz's 20th pick in the first round to work with also.

"I don't think we need to make some huge fundamental changes. I think we need to continue to be patient and let the young players develop like the Oklahoma City and Memphis franchises have done the last couple of years," Kahn said after the lottery, "but I think that it's important for us to re-evaluate everything and make certain we can put this group together."

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