Just how far is David Kahn going to stray from his original plan with the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching search?
David Kahn put together a pretty concise plan for finding the next Minnesota Timberwolves head coach while announcing, after dragging it out for far too long, that Kurt Rambis wouldn't be returning to the rigmarole that is the Minnesota bench.
As is typical with the current Wolves' president of basketball operations, however, the search has gone every which way but the way it was originally laid out.
Thus far, the Wolves have interviewed Don Nelson, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Rick Adelman (via telephone) with plans to interview Larry Brown and probably a couple of others that have yet to be announced. Unfortunately, none of these men have the characteristics Kahn outlined just a couple of weeks ago.
When asked what sort of coach he was looking to hire Kahn answered "Someone whose DNA is, 'That's how I coached, that's how my teams have played, that's how I believe we should play.'
"We are going to play, as I've said since the first day I arrived, an uptempo, very fast-breaking style on both ends of the floor," Kahn said at the press conference announcing the end of Rambis's tenure. "I think it's very important that we identify somebody who passionately believes in that and has a little bit of a track record in that respect and can help make this come to fruition."
Instead, it seems as though Kahn is simply interviewing whichever name-brand coaches will give him the time of day -- regardless of previous coaching philosophies despite seeming quite concerned with having a coach with up-tempo deoxyribonucleic acid ingrained inside of them since birth.
To wit, Woodson and Porter both lost their last jobs -- at least in part -- because they didn't play fast enough on the offensive end during their tenures with the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns respectively. Brown's last full season with the Charlotte Bobcats ended with his team finishing nearly dead last in pace, Bickerstaff's Bobcats finished with an extremely inefficient offensive rating despite pushing the ball at a decent pace leaving only Adelman and Nellie as coaches that meet the specifications on the wishlist Kahn previously set out.
This isn't to say that the others aren't worthy candidates, but it does go to show how little Kahn really believes in what he says as he tries to make everyone believe he has a plan for the current dystopia that is the Timberwolves.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarwoski summed it up well this weekend when he said "If you want to consider Brown for a job, great. He's a Hall of Famer -- Just stop talking in circles and pretending there's a 'vision.'"
It seems there's a decent chance that Kahn could end up getting a pretty good coach despite this mess. After that? Let's work on getting Kahn a reality check, and then some sort of definitive long-term plan, before his charades mess up anything else.