The uncertainty that surrounds the Minnesota Timberwolves is rivaled only by the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the Michael Jackson toxicology results. The recently sacked Kevin McHale may be regarded as the worst general manager ever in the history of the Association and as this week’s hiring of former Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis shows, the Wolves are a team in transition.
Minnesota had a dismal 2008-09 season. The fallout began when the aforementioned McHale traded the draft rights to O.J. Mayo and several scrubs for the draft rights to Kevin Love and cash considerations. Mayo had a stellar rookie year, averaging over 20 points per game for the Memphis Grizzlies, while Love languished on the Minnesota bench.
After the inevitable firing of then head coach Randy Whitman, McHale took over as head coach. After losing Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer for the entire year, the Wolves carousel of progress came to a screeching halt. Minnesota finished the season on a 7-25 runa nd wound up with a 24-58 record.
As this article is meticulously penned, Corey Brewer is the team’s longest tenured player. The former University of Florida swingman led the Gators (Chomp! Chomp!) to two national championships and was even named MVP of the second game. The team features Chucky Atkins and Bobby Brown (no, not that Bobby Brown) at guard, but another curious draft masterminded by McHale severs to shake things up at guard.
Minnesota selected Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio in the first round of the 2009 draft. Two picks, two point guards. Then McHale added Wayne Ellington, another guard, with the team’s second round pick. The roster serves to be shaken up again.
The only player who is a lock to start for the Timberwolves is the talented Al Jefferson. Jefferson was the centerpiece of the Kevin Garnett trade and is coming off a season where he averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Brewer and Love figure to be in the mix as do Flynn, Rubio, and Ellington. Although Rubio can choose not to opt out of his Spanish contract and remain in the homeland of Sergio Garcia.
Timberwolves fans long for the glory days of the Kevin Garnett era. The self proclaimed “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” power forward was a no nonsense player, the greatest to ever wear the Minnesota uniform. Perhaps KG’s “it’s not about me… it’s about us” mantra will rub off on the young Wolves of the Corey Brewer era.
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