I feel pretty good about my critique of Kahn eight months into his tenure. Of the players I regretted us passing on, all but Danny Green are long-term NBA starters.
January 15 2010
I enjoyed our conversation the other day.
Truth is, I am a fanatic hoops fan, and I think D Kahn is digging a deeper hole for this team:
1. Choosing Flynn and Rubio and suggesting they can play together based on past NBA backcourts...The fallacy here is all those backcourts had one or both guards who could play BOTH 1 and 2 at a high level. Two pure 1's have never played effectively together, in the history of the league.
"If you think of the Detroit Pistons backcourt during their championship run, with Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Vinnie Johnson, or the Celtics with their backcourt of Danny Ainge and Dennis Johnson (and before Ainge there was Gerald Henderson), or the Lakers with Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, or the Knicks with Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe, there are many instances of championship success that is not so paint-by-the-numbers." - David Kahn 2010 letter to season ticket holders
2. Perpetuating the mismatch of Love and Jefferson together, both wonderful young players. I am concerned not about the offense, but the defense. Both these guys will never be better than ordinary defenders, given their size and athletic limitations. Together they guarantee an awful defensive team.
4. Choosing a career assistant coach and allowing him to institute the triangle offense, which has only really thrived for teams that had Michael or Kobe. The system should be tailored to the talent, not forced down the throats of a young team.
As you can see, I would make myself crazy watching this team under current management.