A Win-Now Mentality in Minnesota?
Every season for the past eight, the Timberwolves and those who still cared about them looked forward to the proverbial promise of next year.
This season truly, really, finally is — for bad or for good — next year.
The plan in place is a win-now proposal still constructed around youthful Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic but now supplemented by former NBA All-Stars Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko and orchestrated not by President of Basketball Operations David Kahn so much as head coach Rick Adelman.
It’s a philosophical shift created by a 71-year-old owner who intends to sell the team, by a 66-year-old coach who is working the final job in his accomplished career and by a basketball-ops president whose team very likely needs to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004 if he intends to keep his job.
Love said he is pleased with the changes the team has made on the court and, perhaps more important, in the locker room.
“I have faith in this team, I have faith in what we’ve done in this offseason,” Love said. “It was definitely a tremendous summer for our team. We have a number of guys who are going to help us … I do think we have a great shot to make the playoffs.”