Kahn say Beasley "smoked too much marijuana" and calls Webber "kind of a schmuck" in radio interview and more
But Kahn continues to speak highly of the former No. 2 overall pick's potential -- in part because Beasley has assured him he's done with dope.
"He's a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he's not smoking anymore, and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case," Kahn said Thursday during an interview with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
"He has developed a really good support system around him this past season in Miami. He's hired people to help him grow up. He is growing up -- he's not grown up. He's 21 ... and he just turned 21 last January, and if you think back, as I do all the time, to when I was 21 and if you had given me this kind of money and put me in this kind of world with these kinds of pressures attached to it and some of the demands, I don't know (that) I would have handled it any easier than, say, he has.
From Pioneer Press: Wolves' Kahn defends Beasley
From Tom Ziller/ Fanhouse: Wolves GM: Michael Beasley 'Smoked Too Much Marijuana' in Miami
From John Krolik/ProBasketballTalk: Beasley assures new GM Kahn he isn't smoking weed anymore
From Eric Freeman/The Baseline: Michael Beasley Disappointed in Miami Because He Smoked Too Much Pot, Says David Kahn
From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune: Kahn on...
On being something of a youtube sensation for a contentious NBA TV interview with Chris Webber from NBA Summer League last week: "He's kind of a schmuck, isn't he? Methinks that he spent a lot of time on NBA TV with a former Timberwolves person and he seemed to come into the interview with an agenda. Tough questions are fine, but I felt like he was a little defensive about some of the things."
* European center Nikola Pekovic will be "signed here shortly" and called him a 6-10, 275-pound "real brute" and "almost the kind who'd kick sand in somebody's face at the beach."
From The Big Lead: Timberwolves GM David Kahn Calls Chris Webber a Schmuck
From Kurt Helin/ProBasketballTalk: Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.
"I'm looking forward to it I think it's the best opportunity for my career," revealed Webster. "I already know a majority of the guys on the team. As far as getting to know the players it won't be that hard. Corey Brewer was in the same class and we played against each other before. They're cool people, Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. If there's anybody I'm closest to its Kevin Love. I grew up playing with him. We're by the far the youngest team in the league but we're going to be exciting. It's going to be fun to play in the triangle offense."
Webster was able to get a crash course on the triangle offense at the Las Vegas Summer League from Coach Rambis. Rambis explained the basic parts of the offense throughout the Timberwolves' game, making a concerted effort to get Webster ahead of the game so come training camp everything's not brand new. Already becoming so engrained in the Timberwolves' system has the feelings of disappointment Webster first felt when finding out he was traded a thing of the past.
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