Souhan: Adelman, Love moves earn Kahn chance for real impact

Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan writes that Timberwolves' president of basketball operations David Kahn has finally given Minnesota a chance to win. Kahn has often times found himself at the center of ridicule, but the combination of Rick Adelman, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio could be a good one for a long time to come.
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Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan writes that Timberwolves' president of basketball operations David Kahn has finally given Minnesota a chance to win. Kahn has often times found himself at the center of ridicule, but the combination of Rick Adelman, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio could be a good one for a long time to come.

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