Keys to the Wolf Den: Wolves Hold Advantage Over Other Bottom Dwellers

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 2, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 28: Ryan Gomes #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves brings the ball up court against the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. 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 Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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When I speak of advantages, don't consider in terms of wins and losses.

The Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Laker, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Orlando Magic are the top teams in the NBA, while teams like the New Jersey Nets, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards etc...are the bottom-feeder teams.

One thing I've admired about young teams is the way they play on the court, but off the court, problems seem to arise and ultimately affect team chemistry and diminishes the willingness of other players to join that respective organization because of a "bad image or look," if you will.

The Washington Wizards currently have a huge story that's bursting all over the web, claiming that All-Star point guard Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other over a "gambling dispute."

Earlier in the season, former Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson made public announcements stating he did not want to play there anymore. This ultimately affected team chemistry and, despite Stephen Jackson being a great player, made him hard to trade by the organization.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have no such thing on their roster. The Wolves currently have Jonny Flynn, Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, Wayne Ellington, and Al Jefferson (among others), who are all extremely charismatic and good men in their own right.

Having disputes really affects the team as a whole.

"No one has pointed the finger at anyone else, they all want to win together, it's been amazing to coach a young team like that." - Kurt Rambis

It seems apparent that Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn and head coach Kurt Rambis are developing their young talent instead of playing their savvy veterans.

The New York Knicks have very young talent, but at times refuses to play them. In the New York Knicks' case, it's going to be very possible for them to sign a big free agent, among those names are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

But the fact of the matter is, when you're playing your four-, five-, and six-year players, they've already hit their ceiling, and no disrespect to their players, but none of them are "that good" to be considered a legitamite "second best player" on a championship roster.

When your main target is LeBron James, who just turned 25 years of age, and is currently "the god of basketball," he's still growing and has a legitimate 10 years left if not more. Who's he to play with?

All in all, the Wolves have an advantage. And despite the wins and losses, the direction that David Kahn has them going in has made the Wolves a good organization. All they need now is time.

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