Hartman: Wolves owner faces questions for 2013-14

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 6:19 AM

Glen Taylor applauded team’s effort despite injuries, but return of the coach, GM and center are uncertain.

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comment229Apr. 15, 13 5:11 AM

"The Timberwolves have two No. 1 draft choices, their own and that of the Memphis Grizzlies." And later in the article, you tell all about how well our draft choices have done in the NBA which brings to mind the word "pathetic." So, tell me, where is the problem with this team? Year after year, we watch and listen to the NBA draft, and then shake our heads. Trade one of these draft choices because we are young? Dumb.... simply, it should be a reason to add to MORE young players to the roster. Face it, Minnesota fans have more patience than any other area of the country. We can wait another year or two more but what I don't want to see, is another journeyman player, on the downward side of his career being brought in to bolster this line up.

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matthewJamesApr. 15, 13 7:03 AM

So we ended up getting nothing for Kevin Garnett. Nice! And you expect people to support this team and their thinking?

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notsidApr. 15, 13 7:18 AM

The only as in only quesiton facing the owner is whether folks will still come to see the Wolves play in the future as is as well as whether the TV/NBA revenue will bbe sufficient to satisify his business plan for the team, that is, will it provide enough revenue and/or losses to to be a worthwhile player in the rest of his buisness holdings, nothing more and nothing less. Winning or losing is irrevelevant to theowner of such a busienss unless and only unless it really begins to affect the desired bottom line, i.e. income and expenses or revenue and losses, nothing more and nothing less. Professional sports ownership is never as in never about winning one for the Gipper, i.e. the fans supporting the team and never will be.

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olson123456Apr. 15, 13 7:28 AM

It seems every time there is a glimmer of hope for this franchise, things happen. I fully expect 2013-14 to be the year that the Woofies blame their mediocrity on a mediocre Target Center and do a full-court press on the legislature to have us foot the bill. Again.

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ljb6599Apr. 15, 13 7:34 AM

Fire David Kahn and hire Flip Saunders as GM.....This would be a good start

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guth54Apr. 15, 13 7:34 AM

The Twins now have the worst W/L record in the American league...they can't use the new taxpayer funded stadium due to weather...and if that isn't enough, Wilkin Ramirez is on paternity leave! Folks, you can't make this stuff up!

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hjlazniApr. 15, 1310:19 AM

The Twins are only 2.5 games from first place. A few changes at ss and cf can make a big difference going forward. Also moving Mauer to rf and using Butera when healed at catcher will further improve the defense. Then, we will learn if Plouffe will be the future 3rd basemen or the Twins will make a change there. Changes resulting in better fielding will improve the Twins pitching.

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LMHANSONApr. 15, 1311:13 AM

"While the Timberwolves will miss the playoffs this season, their record of 30-50 is better than eight other NBA teams: the Kings, Hornets, Suns, Wizards, Pistons, Cavaliers, Magic and Bobcats." Whatever happened to expectations?? Sure, the Wolves are "better" than 8 teams, but they are "worse" than 21 other teams. Why not mention the fact its been 9 years since they have been to the playoffs. It's time to raise expectations in this market and quit settling for "average" and mediocrity?

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justin1978Apr. 15, 1312:21 PM

The Timberwolves will have only one 1st round pick since they owe a 1st rounder to the Suns as a part of the Wes Johnson trade. The Grizzlies pick will go to the Suns. The Wolves have to sign Pek, they need to keep the core of Rubio, Love and Pek together. It's time to stop the revoling door of players and actually keep some of them together for more than 2 years. The Wolves drafted those 3 guys and they should keep developing them together. If Love, Pek and Rubio can start 70 games together next year, this team is a lock for the playoffs.

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kinnickApr. 15, 13 3:53 PM

Really folks with the exception of 12,000 to 15,000 thousand people who cares about the Timberwolves? Hartman you remind me of espn they can't give up on the nba who really cares? The ratings are in the 'tank' and a couple years ago the Food Network outdrew the nba playoff's!Watching a man 7 foot tall with a huge 'wingspan' jump and dunk a basketball is like going to a rock concert with no guitars!

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