David Kahn sent Minnesota Timberwolves fans another open letter to all fans to let us in on his thoughts on how successful the organization has been in rebuilding the franchise.
My favorite lines from Kahn's letter:
At this point, I can safely say that the rebuilding of the Timberwolves roster is, at long last, nearly complete. Well, come to think of it, it hasn't taken that long.
Whoa, the rebuilding of the organization is not complete unless the goal is simply to compete for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The reality is, we are still lacking a dominant player—our version of Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade or Kevin Durant . . . It's possible this player could emerge from within this roster.
Agreed. There is no doubt that while we have some solid players we don't have a dominant player. Never say never that a player could emerge from the current roster but the reality is that the Wolves “dominant” player will come via the draft or a trade.
However, if one of our players fails to emerge, we will be prepared to find more talent for our team - and we will seek a singular move rather than a series of moves, as we have these last 14 months.
Hmm. If someone were to offer us a top 10 talent I hope, no I pray, that we don't wait before package players and or draft picks to make the deal happen.
If every player has a “career season,” the Timberwolves simply do not have enough talent to seriously contend in the playoffs. Accordingly, we don't need to wait to see if one of our players fails to emerge before making a deal.
We re-signed 7-foot Darko Milicic and brought aboard 6-10 Nikola Pekovic, both of whom can change ends quickly and play at the fast pace we want.
Kahn loves Milicic. While I understand rolling the dice to see if Milicic can be the answer at Center for the Wolves, I'm not sure I understand why he has such a man crush for Darko. Hopefully, Milicic will not break Kahn's heart like he broke Joe Dumars heart.
[W]e added Luke Ridnour during free agency for a variety of reasons. Luke is more of a push-the-pace player than Ramon Sessions . . . I anticipate him challenging for significant playing time but also having the ability to mentor Jonny Flynn and, eventually, Rubio.
OK, Ridnour pushes the pace more than Sessions? How about Luke is more willing than Sessions to accept the fact that he may not be the long term solution at the point guard spot?
Later in free agency, we took advantage of our cap room to acquire Beasley for a pair of second-round picks . . . He could blossom here under Kurt’s tutelage.
The operative word is “could” when we are talking about Beasley realizing his potential. If Beasley “emerges” this season and the Wolves win 35 games, Rambis will get serious consideration for Coach of the Year.
We are now a deep team, with quality backups at nearly every position.
Do we have quality starters at every position?
We will be a better team next season: better because we have more shooting, athleticism and length. Better because our coaches have a year together under their collective belts. And better because we are driven to upgrade our defense, which, frankly, was abysmal last season.
The Wolves finished second to last in team defense last year allowing 107 points a game.
Forget about the offensive end, the Wolves will become a serious playoff contender once they decide that allowing the opposition to score more than 98 points on a nightly basis is unacceptable.