Maybe it’s because I am meeting with an aspiring librarian today that I found this so compelling - a librarian doing some awesome work for our local newspaper. These days librarians hear a lot about our increasing irrelevance because everything is on the Internet. Well, sometimes we are still needed to navigate all the information out there, otherwise we don't get the whole story.
I also have to confess to being a loyal Timberwolves fan back to the days of Scottie Brooks. Something big happened last week - the Wolves hired one of the best coaches to ever coach the game in the modern era, Rick Adelman. Yahoo Sports was quick to point out that David Kahn, current Timberwolves front office executive and former Portland sports columnist was not liked by Adelman when Adelman coached the Portland Trailblazers. This was later echoed by the Pioneer Press.
Thanks to some crackerjack research by Star Tribune Director of News Research (and librarian) Sandy Date, sports writer Michael Rand refuted the view that there was bad blood between Kahn and Adelman. There was actually little overlap between their two Portland careers and Kahn’s disdain was all aimed at the front office of the Trailblazers. Ms. Date found this evidence in the Oregonian archives. Kahn endorsed the hiring of Mr. Adelman in a May 6, 1989 column and later wrote about Adelman’s first piece of brilliant coaching in working with embattled player Kiki Vandeweghe.
There is another take on the Adelman hire and Kahn’s role. Wolves CEO Rob Moor praised Kahn for his patience and persistence in hiring Adelman. It was common knowledge that Adelman was not warm to the idea of coaching the Wolves and wanted some downtime between coaching gigs. In spite of the obstacles, Kahn got the man he wanted and the Timberwolves needed to rebuild the franchise.
Thanks to Rand and Date for their comprehensive research and sports writing in this virtual era of information dissemination.