David Kahn Explains NBA Draft Lottery Comments, But Still Expect A Fine

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David Kahn Explains NBA Draft Lottery Comments, But Still Expect A Fine

David Kahn made some comments following the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery that made it seems as though the Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations believed the fix was in on Friday night.

Draft Express has posted video of the incident, and while Kahn doesn't exactly make it clear the quotes came with an "I'm just joking" caveat, it's clear that the comments came along with the patented Kahn smirk.

"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines," Kahn said while meeting with reporters following his team taking second in the Lottery despite having the top odds. "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."

Speaking with CBS Sports' Ken Berger on Wednesday, after traveling to Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine following Tuesday's lottery, Kahn says that he doesn't believe in jinxes -- just the "power of story."

"The first questions I was asked last night by the reporters were, did I feel that the Timberwolves were jinxed," Kahn told Berger. "You know, we have a poor lottery record. And I want to say for the record, I don't believe in jinxes, curses, hocus pocus, and I don't believe we've been harmed in any way. What I said last night, I do believe in the power of story. And I just felt it was a heck of a lot better story for a 14-year-old to beat out two middle-aged executives standing together on a stage on national TV, and that our league has had its own share of luck in being a part of those stories. That's it. Anybody ascribing anything else to it is completely doing their own thing."

Kahn believes, as well, that the quotes were simply taken out of context.

"There was no follow-up question. Nobody said, ‘Do you understand what you just said?' No, because everybody knew context. But I do understand, to your point, just reading it dry, that somebody could infer that. So lesson learned."

So the NBA Draft lottery isn't rigged?

"Absolutely not. I'm just saying that, if you look at sports in general, typically fairy tale stories, Cinderella stories, whatever you want to say, those tend to dominate sports. I just knew when you're standing there with a 14-year-old kid, logically the 14-year-old kid ... it had nothing to do with being nefarious."

Either way, he knows what he said was probably enough to bring about a fine from the league office.

"I've had money taken away from me before," Kahn said. "It probably won't be the last time. It is what it is."

Not sure that's the best attitude to have, Mr. Kahn, but it is what it is.

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Is Second Pick In NBA Draft Following Lottery The Best Option For Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick second in this year's NBA Draft despite having the best odds of winning the 2011 NBA Draft lottery. This might not be such a bad thing for Wolves fans, however.

Consider David Kahn's luck in the past and then think about the decisions he would have had to make with the first pick: Is Ricky Rubio coming over from Spain or do I need to draft Duke point guard Kyrie Irving? Is Arizona's Derrick Williams really the second best player available in the NBA Draft? What's an Enes Kanter and is there any possible way that he's better than manna from Heaven, a la Darko Milicic?

Instead, Kahn will now have a handy excuse if the Draft doesn't work out in the Wolves favor because -- like always -- the Wolves simply got unlucky. Kahn will be able to take whichever player the Cleveland Cavaliers don't in what's widely considered a two-player draft (and a mediocre one at that).

So, while getting the first pick would have been nice, at least this should allow Kahn to make an easy decision. Should, perhaps, being the key word.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Take 2nd In 2011 NBA Draft Lottery

The Minnesota Timberwolves went in with the best odds to win the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery and, as luck would have it, came out with the second pick in this year's Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers took top honors while the Utah Jazz also moved into the top three for the June 23 draft.

With that pick, the Wolves will now have a choice to make between selecting either Duke's Kyrie Irving or Arizona's Derrick Williams (whichever player the Cavs don't pick) or a candidate that surprises everyone in the pre-draft workouts.

The Wolves also have the 20th pick, for those that weren't aware, but the top pick is obviously the one that everyone was worried about heading into Tuesday night.

With the pick, the Wolves now will have to make a decision on whether or not they think Ricky Rubio is coming over from Spain, whether Williams is worth selecting after using a top-5 pick on Wesley Johnson last season and whether the player will need to be able to play in Kurt Rambis's triangle offense.

Either way, since the Wolves didn't somehow end up with the fourth pick, today wasn't too bad of a day to be a fan of Minnesota basketball.

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2011 NBA Draft Order Will End Up With Minnesota Timberwolves Picking At 20 And?

The 2011 NBA Draft order will be decided later this evening following the NBA Draft lottery on ESPN (7:30 p.m. CT, for those unaware), but fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves should know that one of the team's picks is already set in stone.

The Timberwolves will have a pick somewhere in the top four of the 2011 NBA Draft (where exactly will be decided by 8 p.m.), everyone that has been paying attention knows that, along with the 20th overall pick when June 23 -- this year's NBA Draft date -- rolls around.

The Wolves picked up that selection when they traded Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz for Kosta Koufos and two future first round picks (one of which was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies) this past offseason. Minnesota would have also been owed the Jazz's own first round pick if they ended this seas with a selection later than the 16th overall pick, but that will instead be rolled back to next year.

A full list of the 2011 NBA Draft order, before the lottery, is posted below:

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

3. Toronto Raptors

4. Washington Wizards

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Utah Jazz

7. Detroit Pistons

8. Cleveland Cavaliers

9. Charlotte Bobcats

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Golden State Warriors

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Indiana Pacers

16. Philadelphia 76ers

17. New York Knicks

18. Washington Wizards (from Atlanta Hawks)

19. Charlotte Bobcats (from New Orleans Hornets)

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)

21. Portland Trail Blazers

22. Denver Nuggets

23. Houston Rockets (from Orlando Magic)

24. Oklahoma City Thunder

25. Boston Celtics

26. Dallas Mavericks

27. New Jersey Nets (from Los Angeles Lakers)

28. Chicago Bulls (from Miami Heat)

29. San Antonio Spurs

30. Chicago Bulls

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2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving In Attendance At Draft Lottery

The 2011 NBA Draft will take place following the upcoming Draft Lottery (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. CT) and potential first round pick Kyrie Irving has decided to throw a neat little wrinkle into the event by showing up with his agent.

 Irivng,a freshman out out Duke University, is currently projected to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves according to most NBA mock drafts, but that could all change if the Wolves annual lottery luck doesn't change. 

Irving has ties to New Jersey, where the lottery is held, as he attended high school at St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, NJ. Still, it's quite the statement to be making by showing up the lottery as most believe it's the first time that a top player has decided to attend the event that's been happening annually since 1985.

The NBA's official Twitter account captured a picture of the momentous occasion while he looks to be talking with Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo.

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NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Timberwolves Sending David Kahn For Good Luck

The NBA Draft Lottery will begin this evening at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, just prior to the tip-off of the Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, making it quite possibly the first must-watch television event for Minnesota Timberwolves fans since the 2010-11 season opener.

The always-forward thinking Timberwolves are of course sending president of basketball operations David Kahn to the 2011 affair. And, since Kahn hasn't been lucky with anything he's done since moving in Minnesota, one would have to think he's about due to beat the odds and win the Lottery in what's being described as the worst draft since 2000.

If the Timberwolves end up with a less than top pick, however -- and really, why should fans expect any different -- our good friend Jonah Ballow from Timberwolves.com reminds us that good things might still be able to happen:

If luck escapes the franchise once again, fans should feel comfort with a trip down memory lane. In 1995, Minnesota dropped from the projected No. 3 pick to No. 5 and landed future Hall of Famer and former MVP Kevin Garnett.

So, tonight, just cross your fingers that the Wolves either win the lottery or drop to whatever pick the next Kevin Garnett is going to selected. Easy.

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