When The Rapture happens on Saturday and I find myself in Hell for stealing my brother's ice cream or something, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to find out David Kahn is running the place. He's certainly succeeded in turning the Minnesota Timberwolves into a Hell on Earth.
In case you haven't been following the Wolves, the guys over at Orange Fizz just put up an article about what a terrible person David Kahn is and how Orange stars are going there one by one to have their spirits crushed into a fine powder. When asked about Jonny's time in Minnesota, their source within the Timberwolves said the team "really fucked him up."
And that's so wrong. It's heartbreaking. For my junior and senior years at Syracuse, basketball games were defined by Jonny's presence. His smile, his confidence, his ability... He was everything you could want in a point guard, and you could tell that he loved every minute he was on the court, which might explain why he was almost never on the bench.
And his personality shone both on and off the court. He said the right things in interviews. He was irrepressibly optimistic. He joked around with flight attendants. His twitter feed was bubbling with the humor and enthusiasm of someone about to make his dreams of being a professional athlete come true.
Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but his sudden disappearance from the twitterverse is indicative of someone very unhappy with his current situation. It's a sign that he's not the outgoing athlete that Syracuse fans know. It's a sign that David Kahn has the ability to suck the fun out of anyone and anything.
And I haven't even mentioned Wes yet. When he was selected I remember thinking that I would have to start rooting for the Wolves since they were slowly becoming West Syracuse. Unfortunately, Wes has suffered the same fate. Another charismatic college star, who took Syracuse on a run through the NCAA tournament and worked himself into a lottery pick, found his talents squandered.
I wish the best for Jonny and Wes. I hope they are traded as soon as possible and find homes that can actually develop the talent they've shown. And hopefully they can both find those smiles again.
Oh, and David Kahn, stay away from Rick.