Watching the Knicks beat the Timberwolves so solidly was more than a little cathartic for this Knicks fan. It isn’t that I hate the Timberwolves franchise necessarily, but I do despise their amateurish GM, David Kahn, who single-handedly ruined the Knicks’ offseason (and possibly season). To recap:
- Kahn selected two point guards in the lottery: Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio. Rubio did not want the Wolves to select him. If Kahn decided to go a different route and try to build a balanced team, maybe he would have selected Jordan Hill or DeMar DeRozan or Terrance Williams. But he selected Flynn and Rubio because he thought he could pawn Rubio off as an asset, even though:
- Rubio holds all the cards, and always will; and
- Brandon Jennings would be more valuable as a trade chip. I’m not a Brandon Jennings fan, but he’s here, and he’s “producing”.
- The result of Kahn’s gambit was not only that Ricky Rubio was off the board for the Knicks, but also that Stephen Curry was snatched up by the Warriors. I’m not saying that the Warriors wouldn’t have taken Curry, who was and still is my preference, anyway, but then at least the Knicks could have come away with Rubio.
Obviously the Knicks’ biggest area of need is point guard, so this summer’s events still sting. And yesterday Kahn, whose Timberwolves have a whopping 9 wins this year, was as out of touch as ever when asked about a potential Rubio trade to the Knicks, asking rhetorically:
…what kind of trade can [the Knicks] possibly propose?
Well I’m not sure what kind of offer Kahn is expecting from around the league. Rubio, as mentioned, holds all the cards, and it’s doubtful he’ll ever wear a T-Wolves jersey. And if he only wants to play for a handful of teams, Kahn is going to have to accept the fact that the offers he gets will be limited to the players on those teams. And no, the Lakers aren’t going to gift the Wolves Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum for Rubio.
But whatever. We’ll let Kahn come to the realization that he botched the draft at his own pace. He’ll realize when the best offer he gets for Rubio is Wilson Chandler or Omri Casspi or Yi.
For now, I’ll just take solace in the fact that the Knicks beat the Wolves last night by 27 points.