Kahn fined 50K for comments about Beasley and more
From the Star Tribune:
On Thursday, Timberwolves basketball boss David Kahn said one of Michael Beasley's problems in Miami was that he "smoked too much marijuana."
On Friday, the NBA fined Kahn $50,000 and tacked on another $50,000 penalty for the Wolves because the comments about Beasley, acquired in a July 12 trade with Miami, were called "inappropriate" by the league.
It all started Thursday, when Kahn, in a taped radio interview on 1500ESPN, suggested Beasley, 21, will be a changed man once he arrives in Minnesota.
The comment was made during Kahn's 16-minute phone interview on the "Reusse & Mackey" show on KSTP-AM 1500, an ESPN Radio affiliate in St. Paul.
"It was not in either of our plans to ask Kahn about Beasley's marijuana use," KSTP's Phil Mackey said of the pretaped segment with co-host Patrick Reusse, a sports columnist with the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune. "Kahn took that direction on his own. When he said it, we looked at each other. We were surprised."
An NBA spokesman said Kahn, 48, and the Wolves were fined because Kahn's comments were considered "detrimental to the league." The league also has privacy guidelines for matters pertaining to substance abuse. Beasley, a two-year veteran, spent a month last summer in a Houston rehabilitation facility for substance abuse.
Word is Kevin Love playing strong in USA scrimmages versus college stars today.
Sources say Minnesota also considering trading Ryan Hollins. Add him to list that also includes Kosta Koufos and Ramon Sessions.
From Jason Fleming/Hoopsworld: Who Still Has Cap Space?
Minnesota Timberwolves - $13 million: The Wolves actually have 15 players under contract at this price, though Greg Stiemsma is non-guaranteed. How is that even possible?! Well, their highest-paid player is Michael Beasley (whom they acquired for a second-round pick in a steal no matter how you look at it) at just under $5 million. In fact, only three players (Beasley, Martell Webster, and Darko Milicic) make over $4 million. Will they win anything?