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So long, David Kahn

Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 10:24 am
David Stern can't fine David Kahn or the T-Wolves enough for the Minnesota GM's comments after the NBA Draft lottery Tuesday night. Literally, he can't do it. No dollar amount -- not $100,000, not $1 million, not even a kijillion bajillion dollars -- sends a strong enough message about the damage caused by Kahn's comments.

Because a strong message doesn't need to go to David Kahn.

The message needs to go to everyone else.

By insinuating that the NBA manipulated the top of the draft lottery to take care of Cleveland -- hell, he didn't insinuate it; he said it -- Kahn moved an entire league one step closer to game-fixing referee Tim Donaghy.

And that's a step that cannot be tolerated.

Kahn wasn't just griping or whining. Gripers and whiners can be mocked and taunted. They can be ignored, because the dishonor they bring is primarily on themselves. What Kahn did was to suggest dishonor for an entire league.

Look, we all know that NBA lottery conspiracy theories are fun. Pat Ewing to the Knicks. LeBron to nearby Cleveland. Derrick Rose to hometown Chicago. Weird things happen, and people like you and I can talk about it. We can wonder. We can gripe and whine.

David Kahn, as a team official, can't say a word. Because by saying a word, he gives those conspiracy theories weight they don't need or deserve. Listen, I don't believe those theories, not even for a second. That's a secret on the level of Roswell, something so big that it couldn't possibly be contained for decades. So in absence of actual facts -- without a picture of an alien in New Mexico, without a picture of a loaded lottery envelope from 1985 -- I refuse to believe something so insane.

But today, NBA fans all over the country are discussing the latest NBA lottery conspiracy theory, and they're able to attach that theory to a high-ranking team official.

David Stern has to suspend Kahn from the league. For a year. Maybe forever.

Forget sending a message to David Kahn. That idiot wouldn't understand anyway. David Stern needs to send that message to us.

UPDATE, 10:05 AM: OK, so here's video of Kahn's comments. It's not nearly as nefarious as the stories coming out of the draft suggest. That said, he's making light -- in his own awkward, David Kahn way -- of a widow and a kid with a nerve disorder. And he does raise the whiff of conspiracy theories. So I'm torn. Not sure he should be banished from the league anymore, no. But I'm pretty sure the league isn't a better place because David Kahn is in it.

Category: NBA
Tags: Conspiracy

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:49 pm

So long, David Kahn

How is the world can CBS continue to publish articles by Doyel?  He calls for Kahn's head when he hasn't even seen the video of the man's comments?  Such irresponsible journalism is a disgrace to any organization, much less one as "prestigious" as CBS.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:40 pm

So long, David Kahn


Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:02 pm

So long, David Kahn

I understand that controversial topics generate attention and Doyel's job is to write articles that draw eyes.  That said, when you want to talk about suspending people or firing someone you better make sure you know what you're talking about.  To me it seems clear that the article was written without Doyel watching Kahn's post draft comments, simply blowing up the "stories" he had heard to a level he compares to criminal behavior.  He then posts an update where he half heartedly retracts his harshest criticisms, but still insists on maligning Kahn because the guy, in Doyel's eyes, is not a good comedian.  

This stuff is borderline libel.  Really, just go write for Fox so we know you're not even pretending to maintain any sort of objective journalistic standards.  Certainly, there's a place for articles like this, if there's a sportswriter's version of the National Enquirer, but I would hope that an editor at CBS would insist on higher standards before they allow this to be published under their name.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:50 am

So long, David Kahn

Kahn is right, the NBA will be an unbalanced joke until David Stern is gone, he has ruined the sport, maybe forever. I;m crossing my fingers that the NBA goes on strike/lockout..... it will NOT be missed.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:03 am

So long, David Kahn


I expect less from you.

Keep up the good work.

Also if you seriously doubt the "coincidence" factor that plays in nearly all drafts under Sterns tenure then whatever. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:01 am

So long, David Kahn

If Greg Doyel wrote it, you know it willbe wrong and one-sided. It is a mystery on how this guy has a job as a basketball writer. He is blind to the obvious and his only goal is appeal to big names.

Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:48 am

So long, David Kahn

Doyel - I can't believe you left your article up after seeing how harmless and tongue-in-cheek Kahn's comment were on the video.  Terrible journalism. 

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:43 am

So long, David Kahn

so long  Doyel

think before you write, use at least 1 of your other senses

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:35 am

So long, David Kahn

As you say, this isn't the first time the league has been suspected of rigging the draft order (Patrick Ewing to NYC, LeBron to Cleveland, Rose to Chicago) is it?  Not saying the draft order was rigged but we always here about what's best for the league; this player going to this team or a Boston-LA finals is a dream for Stern where a San Antonio-New Jersey Finals is a nightmare.  He should be punished but I was more worried when I saw the headline that it was going to be something bad regarding Nick Gilbert, so I'm not that appalled.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:26 am

So long, David Kahn

Listen, I don't believe those theories, not even for a second. That's a secret , something so big that it couldn't possibly be contained for decades. So in absence of actual facts -- without , without a picture of -- I refuse to believe something so insane.
There are plenty of facts actually, you just chimed off several in the paragraph before.  And how is it insane to believe the league is rigged?  Like you said, we'll probably never know, but we can definitely infer from all the circumstantial evidence.  That is how prosecutors put a case together.  I bet if you polled Americans on which league is the most fixed, the NBA would win in a landslide, and Stern would easily take the award for worst commish.  I love basketball, but I hate the NBA, and honestly only pay attention to train wreck stories like this.  Much of America is beginning to feel the same way as I do (unless you're in one those favored markets, or lucky for the short term - see OKC).  I don't blame the players, as many do; I blame this image problem on Stern and the owners.  I'll never come back as a fan of this league.

Contract the Twins? Minnesotans are upset.  Contract the Wolves?  We'll roll over and go back to sleep.

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