MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Timberwolves President David Kahn won’t say his team is jinxed — even though Minnesota’s’ lottery losing streak continues.

The Wolves, with their league-worst 17-65 record, had a 25 percent chance of winning the top spot in Tuesday’s draft lottery. But Minnesota will select second in next month’s NBA draft.

Kahn says the Wolves had a 75 percent chance of moving back as many as three spots, and they moved back one. So he says, “It is what it is.”

Even though the draft is June 23, Kahn says it’s too early to speculate on who the Wolves might draft. But he acknowledges the team has “a lot of flexibility.”

The Timberwolves are 0 for 14 in the lottery and dropped for the eighth time. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery.

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Comments (7)
  1. Phid says:

    The NBA lottery system has proven to be a bust. I don’t believe the T-Wolves have ever jumped ahead in the draft order because of the lottery, but they have moved down on different occasions. I have long since lost faith in David Stern.

  2. Justin says:

    The draft lottery is a joke. Whatever spark the NBA thinks it gives to the sport is oblivious. Time and time again the Timberwolves get screwed. I personally think it is rigged. Dates back to Patrick Ewing. why punish teams even more after having a terrible season?
    I am disliking the NBA more and more every year because of this. This along with the salary cap situation(being able to go over but pay in luxury tax) is also stupid. Why have a cap if you allow teams to go over… plus I believe they MAKE teams spend a minimum amount as well. hopefully a lockout and new cba changes that.

  3. brett says:

    I will take #2 for the Wolves considering their lack of luck.But the thing I worry about is what they are going to do w that pick.Just please-DO NOT PICK A EUROPEAN GUY!

  4. MauerJoe says:

    What is on his cheek? Looks like some food, a bean perhaps?

  5. Mike says:


  6. John Sherman says:

    No they are not jinxed just bad management,poor draft judgement and just plain awful player seletction and tradesd why renovate the target center for them?

  7. pss says:

    the NBA lottery is fixed how can a team be in it 14 times and NEVER move up or receive the Pick that is theirs Stern should be fired and quit punishing the Wolves for the Joe Smith deal ! STERN GET OVER IT!!!!!

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