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Keys to the Wolf Den: Perspective of a Wolves Fan and the Cold Truth

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 28: Yi Jianlian #9 of the New Jersey Nets gets triple-teamed by Wayne Ellington #19 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and teammates Al Jefferson #25 and Corey Brewer #22 in the fourth quarter at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Sometimes a writer has to get deep down and personal when it comes to a team that he's writing about.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it: I am a fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves. I will admit that, upon me initially starting to write for them, I realized I was blindsided by my own negligence and immaturity in finding a positive in all of their negatives.

I'm starting to realize that there aren't always positives.

Watching the San Antonio game, I realized something.

"Those Wolves have the talent to win games."

So why don't they? You could suggest that they are better than their 7-25 record.

We've seen the Wolves defeat the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz twice. Why not the San Antonio Spurs?

When Kurt Rambis says, "They don't come out with the energy," I mean they really don't .

Watching the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings in one of the best games I've seen all year. It's clear to see that even young talent can compete with the best, and while the Wolves have done it, they are far too inconsistent when it comes to effort and, at times, are extremely lackadaisical.

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As a Wolves fan I would love to point the blame at certain players on the Wolves roster, right? No.

On the contrary, when the Wolves win, it's because of a team effort, and when the Wolves lose, it's because the whole team SUCKED and didn't give the effort that was needed to win games.

When you can say, "Kevin Love added a double-double despite the loss," or "Al Jefferson got back to his 20-10 ways." These are things that they are already capable of doing, yet they are not winning ball games. I'd rather say, "Corey Brewer shut down Gilbert Arenas in the first half, or Jonny Flynn gave out eight assists."

The losses are piling up on me as you can read, and like I said, "I'd love to point the blame at just a few players." But the fact is, in their loss to San Antonio, almost NO ONE HAD THE EFFORT.

When the Wolves win a game, like the Washington Wizards game, Wolves fan's say, "Corey Brewer stepped up, Kevin Love got a double-double and some blocks, Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions got everyone involved...etc."

But when the Wolves lose, it's a completely different story. See where I'm going here?

Let's just get it over with now; we know the team is inconsistent, and I'm speaking from the voice of the fan. Yes, they can win games, but like Corey Brewer said, "We're not going to just be able to go out there and beat teams. We have got to play hard every single game; we gotta hit shots, rebound and out-hustle to win, and we gotta play with the energy."

Nathan Jawai is not a ballerina that weighs 300 lbs., why? Because Kurt Rambis doesn't play him for 30 minutes.

Corey Brewer is slowly but surely getting it together, but until he puts on some weight and starts to create his own shot, he's not a starter on a championship roster.

Al Jefferson SUCKS as a defender, but in his defense (no pun), he's getting back into rhythm and shape.

Kevin Love is the Wolves most complete player, but the Wolves most complete player is a non-athlete with an array of skills that make other people imitate the confused bark of Scooby Doo (and by the way, would be leading the league in rebounds if he got the minutes).

Jonny Flynn can score, but Kurt Rambis won't turn him loose, and for good reason too. He turns the ball over and takes ill-advised shots, but he's a rookie nonetheless.

Ramon Sessions can distribute so well that if he could actually shoot like Mr. Jonah Flynn (my personal nickname), Flynn would have been shipped a long time ago.

There's much, much more, but I don't have the time or the patience to type it. Don't get me wrong, I love the team, I really do. But like Kurt Rambis said, "I'd love to have 12 Kobe Bryants on one team." Take that quote how you want to.

If only I was just a writer for the Wolves, and not a fan. But thank God I'm not like Kanye West WHO WRITES IN CAPS LOCK TO VOICE HIS EXPRESSION.

Thanks for reading!

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