Would David Kahn and Larry Brown Fail in Minnesota?
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It makes some sense -more than hiring Don Nelson, at least.
Larry Brown is best when spreading his ‘Play The Right Way’ mantra amongst a young, impressionable group. After all, Brown considers himself a teacher of the game, and clearly he suffers for his students.
Well, the Minnesota Timberwolves are young and impressionable. They’ve won just 32 games since 2009, so Brown’s message would, at least initially, hold weight.
The on-court dynamic would be fine -for a while. The off-court end of things sounds dicey.
Yes, Wolves GM David Kahn has known Brown since their days at UCLA. In fact, Kahn considers Brown a mentor, who guided him as a young, impressionable reporter on the west coast.
This is a problem. Brown, to be effective on the sideline, needs a strong counterweight in the front office, who can laugh off his idiosyncrasies, worrying, and perfectionist nature.
There was the legendary Donnie Walsh in Indiana. There was the enthusiastic Pat Croce in Philadelphia. And there was Joe Dumars, who at the time still possessed his magical touch in Detroit.
This trio knew when to listen and when to ignore Brown. Not surprisingly, this formula worked in Indiana, Philadelphia, and Detroit.
Kahn is already a disaster. He would misread, misquote, and mishandle Brown, which, in turn, would have a negative impact on those young, impressionable, and talented players.
The nomad sideline boss isn’t right for the Wolves. But this is about Kahn’s inadequacies, not Brown’s.
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