Minnesota Timberwolves: 30 Games in, the T-Wolves Coaching Staff in Question
Your only good as your last game, and your team is as good as your weakest link. The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 6-24, good for the 2nd worst in the league only to the Sacramento Kings. The Minnesota Timberwolves are once again the worst defensive team in the league by far, but happen to be one of the top rebounding and scoring teams.
This team is 6-24, but there are no rumors of turbulence or chemistry issues. No one has said anything bad about the team, and the players are holding each other accountable. With that being said, the Timberwolves have some extremely talented players and it has shown in their play. However, with youth comes inexperience, and it's become apparent that this team is just too young to compete with the marquee teams.
As far as talent, the Wolves are in the top 20 at the very least, which means that without the unnecessary chemistry issues (see Demarcus Cousins) they are headed in the right direction. The fact of the matter is, the Minnesota Timberwolves are a bad team, no other way to put it. To say that they won't get better is just poor judgement on any sports fan. With player personnel like Kevin Love and Michael Beasley surrounded by players Wes Johnson, Martell Webster and Darko Milicic, the Timberwolves have a nuclues that has potential to compete with any team on any given night.
The Triangle Offense and Kurt Rambis
I know that head coach Kurt Rambis has run the triangle offense as an assistant to head coach Phil Jackson, but the Minnesota Timberwolves just don't have the personnel and experience to run the offense as well as the Lakers run it. Of course when it is run right, it works to perfection, otherwise? Not so much and part of this is due to some talent deficiencies in the shot creation department and incompetent point guard play. With that, I have to say that I love it as a teaching tool, but something has got to give sometime.
Will Kurt Rambis be coaching Wolves @ da End of the year?
You have to love the ball movement and chemistry on the court, but the Timberwolves have some very talented players that aren't being utilized correctly and it's extremely disappointing. Key example would be Jonny Flynn, the guy looked like he could single handedly kick Ricky Rubio to the curb, but has looked out of tune in his 2 years thus far in the Minnesota Timberwolves system. While Michael Beasley and Kevin Love have flourished, it's almost freaky to think of how good they could be just running some pick and rolls with Flynn.
Kurt Rambis also has some serious problems drawing up plays out of timeouts, we know his basketball I.Q is off the charts, but can he truly coach? Does he motivate his players? I have seen Doc Rivers give one heck of a pep talk, and that team plays hard every night? Is it the youth of the Timberwolves? We have seen numerous times in which a young team comes together only to reek in the league, then to blow up in a year or two.
The verdict is not out as far as Rambis and the triangle offense is concerned. Michael Beasley is freakishly skilled and looks like he can become a go to scorer once he gets used to playing focused for 48 minutes. Kevin Love is so good that no one even cares that the guy drops 25 points and 19 rebounds against the Utah Jazz, this is normal for him. Martell Webster has seriously given the Timberwolves hope for a guy that can at least take 2 dribbles and knock down a shot (take notes Corey Brewer), and Wes is looking to be more aggressive.
Seriously, if the Wolves don't start stringing some wins together, the fault is all on Rambis, I know just from watching the Wolves, they are better than 6-24. Being competitive? Yes you should be, but when it comes to beating sub .500 teams or below, Wolves have to stop being competitive and play to win.
Expect more 30 games in articles about the Wolves to come in the following days.
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