Even if the path to DLo’s blooming has been as idiosyncratic as his personality.
Because the Wolves record is still a desultory 4-9, even die-hard fans have had trouble fully appreciating how overachieving the team’s defense has been.
After nine games, there is a growing realization that this Wolves outfit, perhaps more than any other, is corrosively affected by the franchise’s unparalleled legacy of losing.
Watching this team scrap and dig in to get stops during the first two weeks of the season has been a rare and rewarding experience, one that pleases the eye and warms the soul.
The box score proclaims that Karl-Anthony Towns had a fabulous game Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. But this is Karl-Anthony Towns, so it was not that simple.
Give Gersson Rosas his due: The Wolves head into Wednesday’s opening game of the 2021-22 NBA season in better shape, in both the short- and long-term, than they were when Rosas took over less than 30 months ago.
Welcome to the first step on what should be a thrilling — and expensive — road to relevance.
After years of disappointments, the Wolves are suddenly expected to make the playoffs this season. Should we believe the hype?
After a series of moves — including trading Ricky Rubio to Utah — the 2017-18 Timberwolves will be older, blunter, bruising, expensive and better.
Butler is the best player the Timberwolves have ever acquired via a trade in the 28-year history of the franchise — and an absolutely perfect fit given the team’s current circumstances.
Thibs, Wiggins and Towns are inextricably tied to each other. Can they synergize their extraordinary skills in a manner that elevates the Timberwolves?
A coach of Thibs’ pedigree deserves a season-long mulligan if it is prelude to the great leap forward. But that mulligan has eight games left. Then that vaunted reputation is on the clock.
The brief and predictably specious boomlet of playoff talk surrounding this year’s Wolves turned out to be a mirage.
Does this mean the Wolves will snag a playoff berth? Doubtful. But the chance to be obliterated in a first-round playoff series is a short-term endgame that ignores the greater good of the Wolves metamorphosis.
If Thibs and Taylor don’t have the stomach to make a big bet on three young players, Zach LaVine could be Zach leavin’.
The second half of a 78-minute interview with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau.
“The challenge when you have young players is: How do you speed up the process? Just understanding what goes into learning — you have to give them the chance to learn,” Thibodeau said.
Put bluntly, the great danger here is that the heralded coach and the star trio are a bad match.