An important message for the few remaining Timberwolves fans

You’ve gotta feel for those poor Minnesota Timberwolves fans.  Well, actually you don’t, but it is amazing what a steep fall it has been since the 2003-04 season when the troika of Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell, and all-time Timberwolf great Kevin Garnett led the team into the Western Conference Finals.

In fact, since former GM Kevin McHale gifted, er traded, Garnett to his former teammate Danny Ainge in Boston, this team has been downright putrid.  Nary a soul is left from the team’s glory days that seem so long gone at this point.

Coming off seasons with records of 22-60 and 24-58, McHale was mercifully let go from his duties as GM and sometimes coach.  But even with McHale gone, this franchise may have not yet seen the bottom. 

In fact, tonight’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies makes it 10 straight for the Timberwolves since a season-opening victory against the still-winless New Jersey Nets, the only team to not yet experience a victory during this first month of the season.

With all due respect to the team that defined NBA mediocrity, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Timberwolves have the potential to create their own brand of basketball stink. 

To make matters worse, the Timberwolves still owe a future first round pick to those same Clippers due to the “shrewd” decision of McHale to pick up the immortal Marko Jaric in a sign-and-trade and throw in a draft choice to sweeten the pot.  Ugh.

Things are so bad that new team President David Kahn penned a letter to the team’s fans between last night’s loss and tonight’s loss.  If there are any fans left. 

Remember, this is the guy who started a new era by drafting two point guards in the first round of this year’s NBA draft, one of whom (Ricky Rubio) is a good bet to never suit up in a Wolves uniform.

At least Kahn’s resume would indicate that he should be a good writer.  Maybe he’ll keep writing until the team keeps winning.

David Kahn

Minnesota Timberwolves team President David Kahn's sportswriting skills might come in handy for his inevitable next job

As for new coach Kurt Rambis, let’s just say that his history as a player and coach has prepared him poorly for this moment.  Meaning, his odds of escaping with sanity intact are getting exponentially worse by the day after being a part of so much success in his basketball lifetime.

Kahn wants the fans to know this: “At times like these, I am motivated to work harder. I want to scout more, watch more film, crunch more numbers, ask more questions. I know Kurt and the coaching staff feel the same. The coaches are the strength of our ballclub right now – I am proud to be working with them. We all recognized when we signed up for this mission that it takes a Herculean effort, from all corners, to turn around a franchise and make it championship-caliber.”

OK, then.  The turnaround is bound to come sooner or later.  But will anyone be left who cares when it does? 

Wolves fans – get ready for another long, cold winter.  With a few more to follow.

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~ by acm213 on November 14, 2009.

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