By Matt Norlander
I haven’t gotten to do this on the blog yet, so is it cool if I do it, just this once? It’s a meme that’s sort of played out, but I have to try it just so I can say that I did.
Meh. That didn’t feel as good as I’d hoped. So few things live up to the build-up nowadays. But here’s why that exclamation was necessary: Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reported Saturday that David Kahn, much-maligned, much-mocked general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, tried to pry Mike Krzyzewski away from Duke to coach the Timberwolves recently.
"He tried to get him," said one Kahn confidante.
Kahn was looking for a miracle or two. The other miracle is turning Ricky Rubio into a first-rate NBA point guard. As he showed over the last two seasons in Spain, the T-Wolves' No. 1 draft pick of 2009 can't shoot consistently or beat people off the dribble. That was versus inferior competition in Europe. Now he's supposed to be able to do those things against the top players in the world?
No wonder Krzyzewski isn't running to the Twin Cities anytime soon.
As if Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio were the pieces that could lock and lure K in. Truly Kahn-esque in every sense of the term. Isiah Thomas is even laughing at that notion, David.
Krzyzewski, by way of Duke PR, came out and said he was never officially contacted by Minnesota management. Well, maybe he wasn't, but perhaps his agent was? That's how you obfuscate such contact claims these days. You're not technically lying if you do.
Those who are even decently versed in their Coach-K-in-the-NBA history know that the legendary Duke coach couldn’t be swayed by the Lakers back in 2004. (Though he’s admitted that’s as close as he’s ever come to leaving college.) There’s a difference between reaching for the stars and taking crazy pills. At this point, with Coach K only need three wins to usurp his mentor, Bob Knight, for all-time wins in college basketball, how did Kahn think he could sell K on leaving? And that upcoming achievement is only first on a laundry list of reasons why K will remain at Duke.
At this point, the age of 64, it’s clear Krzyzewski is never leaving Durham. If it were remotely possible, the Lakers or his hometown Bulls would be the only logistical choices — and neither of those are logistical in the here and now.
So, thank you, David Kahn, for infusing your ego into the college game ever so briefly. I think we needed that laugh on a Monday in the dead of late June.