SECAUCUS, New Jersey – David Kahn, the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, holds a prominent position for a team in the world’s premier basketball league. He also once said Darko’s passing ability compared favorably with Vlade’s (Chris Webber: “Vlade Divac?!”).
So, depending on your opinion of Bill Laimbeer, you can rate Kahn’s basketball knowledge how you please. But for what it’s worth:
“There’s no question in my mind, Bill Laimbeer’s capable of being an NBA head coach,” Kahn said.
Kahn interviewed Laimbeer for Minnesota’s vacant head-coaching job, which ultimately went to Kurt Rambis, but as a Timberwolves assistant, Laimbeer is still learning the trade.
“I thought Bill did a fine job,” Kahn said. “And I think that Bill, over the last couple years, is starting to learn what it’s like to be an assistant in our league and acquires probably a lot of knowledge that he probably, otherwise, wouldn’t have had.”
“I think that there’s an appreciation that all assistants who are new at it probably acquire, about just how much work it is to prepare an NBA team on a nightly or a daily basis,” Kahn said.
Of course, the Pistons still have John Kuester. But I’m not sure you could find anyone who doesn’t believe his firing is inevitable.
So, is Kahn right? And more relevantly, will Joe Dumars agree?
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