Jerry Zgoda's interview with David Kahn, Part I

  • Updated: May 3, 2013 - 8:09 AM

Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda held an in-depth conversation with David Kahn on the day he got fired as the team's president of basketball operations. Here is part one:

Q. What are your emotions, reactions? Did it catch you by surprise?


A. A little bit. I would say a mixture of disappointment, sadness and frankly a little bit of relief.


Q. Why relief?


A. I’ve been in a lot of hospital rooms the last 14 months. This has been an unbelievable challenge, the injuries we’ve had, starting with Ricky that night in March (2012), it just never stopped. And then when Rick’s wife took ill and he had to miss some time, you just never anticipate living your life this way where you’re constantly receiving bad news: Players missing time, coach missing time. It was just a really hard last 14 or so months.


Q. Did you meet Glen Taylor in person today?


A. No, spent some time with him on the phone today. We’ve been communicating back and forth the last several days.


Q. When did you get back from Europe?


A. Midday today.


Q. You were there just a few days, right?


A. That’s right. There was a player I needed to see because his season was ending. He was heavily recommended by some of the scouts and I had to go this week.


Q. Surprised that you went, that they let you go, with this forthcoming?


A. I just told somebody else, I think people have a misconception how organizations are run. Glen doesn’t operate in that kind of minutiae. I knew I had to see this player. Glen had told me in the past that this is business as usual. This is a trip I independently chose to take because it was an important trip for me to take. So I made the decision to leave and I made the decision it was the perfect day to come back today.


Q. You plan to meet with Glen in person?


A. We have a plan to meet in person, not a date set, but I’m sure we will shortly. He wants to and I want to.


Q. Has anything been decided with Rick yet?


A. Not to my knowledge, no. And I think it’s a little premature still. I think people are positioning it as a decision. There’s no doubt in my mind that Rick Adelman wants to come back, hopes to come back and we’re all optimistic he will come back. We’re all similarly hopeful that his wife does not have another medical emergency that would prevent him from doing so.


Q. It is a decision whether they can manage her health so he can still coach, right?


A. Right, right. And I think we’re all optimistic he can and will. I’m not him and I’m not her. That’s a family matter and I respect their privacy.

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