As many of you have realized, the Minnesota Timberwolves are an all around dreadful team to watch. The best thing about them is the fact that we can actually make fun of how bad they are. There are plenty of reasons why they have become such a terrible team, with the biggest one being Kevin McHale.
That is where I will start. McHale has been worthless in every aspect of his job since he first started with the T-wolves. He put together a somewhat respectable team by surrounding Kevin Garnett with Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell, but let’s face it, that would have never lasted. And it didn’t. He had two good moves in all of his years as the general manager. The first is the most obvious one, drafting Garnett. One of the only reasons why he was able to keep his job as long as he did was because Garnett kept the club respectable throughout the years to make McHale look good. The second one is less hyped but do not underestimate the greatness of the move.
By some act of God, he was able to trade Dean Garrett for Marc Jackson, straight up. Jackson was by no means good but if you ever witnessed Dean Garrett play, you would know how brilliant McHale was for making that trade happen. On a side note, that is the first and last time the word “brilliant” will ever be used to describe Kevin McHale.
I am sure you know about all of McHale’s moves throughout the years as it has been spread in the news many times, so I will spare you the agony of reading my views about him trading Ray Allen, signing Joe Smith under the table, drafting Ndudi Ebi, and firing Flip Saunders.
I will instead move onto one other decision that is more recent and was pure stupidity. So how is Brandon Roy doing these days? I don’t tend to watch a ton of college basketball, but I did pay attention and watch a few of Roy’s games at Washington. He looked impressive. Even I could tell that he was ready to make an immediate impact in the NBA. But McHale destroyed the hopes and dreams of all fans by trading him for Randy Foye. Now Foye is not exactly terrible, but let’s face it, he will never be as good as Roy. It’s a simple fact.
Just to make things clear, I am not one of those people who is mad at McHale a year after that swap because Roy won Rookie of the Year. When I first saw the draft results and they said the Wolves had selected Roy, just to learn later he was traded, I was extremely ticked off.
Another thing I really don’t understand is why McHale insists on only making trades with bottom tier clubs. Here are two of his most recent ones: he trades Garnett for the entire Boston Celtics’ B squad, then trades a promising OJ Mayo to a dreadful Memphis Grizzlies team for Mike Miller and Kevin Love. Is it just me or is that a little too much to take in?
Enough of McHale, I will shift over to what I think of the current Wolves squad. Their starting five is just ridiculously bad. Now that Al Jefferson is done for the year, it is just that much worse. Foye is overrated and will never amount to much of anything in the NBA. I would rather not talk about Sebastian Telfair. Kevin Love is okay, but definitely nothing to get hyped up about. Mike Miller just takes pride in having long hair and wearing double knee braces. Somehow the best player out of the starting five is Ryan Gomes.
Even though Gomes is really bad, he has really stepped it up in the last year. One category he has improved on is his three point attempts. Now usually attempts are not the stat people look at. It is usually percentage, but allow me to explain. Gomes is actually shooting threes now. In the last few years of watching, he would go out of his way to either step on the three point line and shoot, or instead pass up a wide open three, take one step in and shoot.
When he was with the Boston Celtics, I even heard one sports analysis call him “Mr. Double-Double.” Normally, I would think nothing of this, but being that I had little clue as to who Ryan Gomes was, I decided to check his game log. This analyst must have been out of his mind because Gomes has done nothing to justify why his nickname should be that by getting nine double-doubles in two seasons.
The Wolves seem to be a team where players go when they want to stay in the league and make money, but they don’t feel like trying. It is a dreadful sight to watch this team play, and we have little to look forward to in the years to come. Unless of course you like watching a bunch of misfits dropped onto one team trying to upset each and every team they play.