A little review and reorientation seems in order for the final 28 games of the season, the 12th in row where Minnesota will fail to qualify for the playoffs.
The long-term future has never looked better for the Wolves. But the stakes have also never been higher.
When it comes to the Wolves’ fortunes, Karl-Anthony Towns may be the future. But Andrew Wiggins is the guy already more than holding his own.
The NBA has become a league that increasingly features athletic wing players, which the Wolves have in abundance. And yet the team can’t seem to get out of its own way.
How does the franchise pivot to get the best possible short-term and long-term value from their soon-to-be superstar?
How did such a young, promising roster, without any major injuries to deter it, suddenly find itself in the dregs of dysfunction?
In the summer of 2014, the Wolves were a franchise plagued by exhaustion. Just eighteen months later, they are the envy of downtrodden franchises everywhere.
From the big KAT to the uncertainly post-Flip, a look at the main factors setting the course for the Timberwolves season thus far.
At a time when the Eastern Conference has unexpectedly arisen to parity, trying to get a relative fix on the Timberwolves relative to the rest of the NBA is not so easy.
Taking a 1-8 pratfall during the soft part of the schedule is why at least some are asking: ‘What is wrong?’
Coach Sam Mitchell has earned the right to prove whether the path he is charting for this team is the right one.
Perhaps the best way to describe the Wolves coach’s relationship with the media is that he regards “What were you thinking?” as an accusation rather than a genuinely curious query.
Rubio, who rarely gives extended interviews, waxes eloquent in his praise of Kevin Garnett and affirms his loyalty to the only franchise he’s ever known.
With the winless Philadelphia 76ers in town Monday night, it seemed like a safe time to tinker with a relatively successful but increasingly moribund formula.
Rubio has missed four of ten games thus far in the 2015-16 season, but his history of injuries goes back way farther than that.