Wolves general manager David Kahn said he knew Minnesota was “dead” when it got down to the final three of himself, Utah executive Kevin O’Connor and Nick Gilbert. Why you may ask? Kahn delivered this quote which he may soon regret:
“This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines. Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.”
That is a not so subtle direct accusation to the NBA claiming they rigged the lottery to make sure they capitalized on the “story” of Dan Gilberts 14 year old son and “hero” showing up to represent the Cavs organization at the lottery selection. Nick Gilbert was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. Nick Gilbert was supposed to be a good luck charm for the Cavs, and it worked.
Message to David Kahn, there is still something to be said about losing with class. You make the call if Kahn was joking or not as you can judge from the video below.