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David+Jonny+Ricky: The Story that writes itself


I keep waiting for a sports writer to compose and article about the story of David Kahn, Jonny Flynn, and Ricky Rubio. The three are so foundational to Timberwolves history.

With malice towards no one, the 2009 NBA Draft became a critical event in measuring David Kahn's success. While every fan would like the PBOB to use to 5th and 6th pick to establish two future anchors for the franchise, for David, it has resulted in a 50/50 outcome.

First the good, in the person of Ricky Rubio. Ricky has captivated the Wolves fan base and many national sports reporters by being everything that he was advertised to be. During a recent NBA game telecast, one broadcaster stated he believed Ricky would actually attract top tier players to the Wolves by being such a selfless, team player. That Ricky gets the ball to the team mate for open shots, delivering the ball exactly where the player can readily put it in his shot pocket. As Ricky is known to say, he would rather make two people happy (with his passing) than one.

Reading Jerry Zgoda's article on Sunday about Jonny Flynn, it is clear that Jonny is number three on the PG pecking order. We all know the history here. Accordingly, Jonny is just waiting for his chance to show his talents. What Jonny says in the piece is most telling. That Minnesota (and Rambis) didn't allow him to showcase "his game." In fact the phrase "his game" (assuming that means pick and rolls) is all that is needed. (Note: I'm not defending Kurt Rambis here).

In essence, Ricky has thus far proven to be a pillar for the Wolves franchise. Jonny Flynn is the player just waiting to take off, when given his chance. My view, Jonny could learn a great deal by adjusting his perspective to be much more like Ricky's.

As for David Kahn, I've made my view known before. I think his draft history has more "misses" than "hits."

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