Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — At least we are not alone.
Observers from around the globe are wondering the same thing.
What in the world is going on with the Minnesota Timberwolves?
It’s a fair question after a dizzying 14 months of action from ‘Wolves GM David Kahn, a crowd fave here at the hideout for his refusal to flinch in the face of so much opposition to the work he has done.
It’s a question that the locals are asking as well. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune on Kahn:
He’s the guy who in 14 months on the job has ripped apart a roster inherited from Kevin McHale much the way a caffeinated fantasy-league owner might and completely remade it by trading away former centerpiece Al Jefferson to Utah for draft picks and keeping only Kevin Love and Corey Brewer.
Gone are Jefferson, Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Ryan Gomes, Craig Smith, Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen and many others.
Arrived are Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, Wayne Ellington, Ramon Sessions/Luke Ridnour and first-round picks Wesley Johnson and Lazar Hayward and the looming aura of Ricky Rubio.
There’s no question these new Timberwolves are a resoundingly more athletic and better-shooting team than the ones that won a total of 61 games the first three seasons since Kevin Garnett was traded away.
But will they be remarkably better than last season’s 15-victory team?
And will Kahn — a former sportswriter and a lawyer who was a notably unorthodox hire — eventually be proven to be mad scientist or simply mad?
At this point, we’re going to run with the mad scientist option.
But we reserve the right to change, depending on what happens between now and the start of training camp.