Keys to the Wolf Den: Defending the Minnesota Timberwolves Pythagorean Theorem

Timber WolfAnalyst IIMarch 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7:  (L-R) Assistant coaches Brian Shaw and Kurt Rambis of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 101-96 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are subject to many topics of disgrace and disgust, everywhere from the players, to the coaches, to the decision making of the GM.

One of those many topics have to be the head coach running the triangle offense with a young Wolves team.

Many teams have failed to run the offense successfully, and the only teams that have run the offense successfully were sporting two of the top NBA talents of all time in Kobe Bryant and Micheal Jordan.

The Timberwolves currently lead the league in Turnovers, and i'm pretty sure that they lead the league in opponent field goal percentage and fast break points given.

But in many games, the Wolves although have turned the ball over several times, they still are able to sustain reasonable differentials in score amounts, and despite more often than not having a low field goal percentage, and horrific three-point shooting percentages, the Wolves don't have problems scoring the ball on most nights.

There are nights when Al Jefferson scores 10 points, the Wolves leading scorer and yet still are put in positions to win games.

The main difference between the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves triangle other than the obvious talent differential is the execution and focus that it takes to win ball games.

Head coach Kurt Rambis has stated many times that playing hard is just as hard to learn as any skill in basketball is. As a basketball player, that statement is 100% correct and nothing could be farther from the truth.

But the fact of the matter is, the triangle offense seems to only have dysfunction when the Wolves get disorganized, turn the ball over or get into late game situations with no one player being able to get their shot from the perimeter on their own.

There are some needs that should be filled over the next two seasons as far as Kurt Rambis' defensive schemes and triangle offense is concerned, and they can be filled easily in the upcoming draft, or the development of the Wolves' current players.

1. A weakside shot blocking/lockdown defending wing. I.E. Gerald Wallace, Wesley Johnson, Corey Brewer over time.

2. A shooting guard or wing player that can create their own shot in the post, isolation or perimeter. I.E. Evan Turner, a taller Wayne Elllington.

3. Passing bigs, as in other than Kevin Love and Darko Millicic, that can truly pass out of double teams and create shots for others. I.E. Greg Monroe.

4. Time, chemistry, and experience.

I'd like to add that No. 4 is probably the hugest of them all.

It's hard to judge coach Rambis on his performance due to the lack of talent and defensive anchors, and let's not forget that the Wolves have defeated some tough teams before, and the flashes are there, and as a Wolves fan and writer, hopefully these bumps and bruises will heal soon, but I doubt that the bruises come from that triangle.

Thanks for reading!