As the calender turned over to 2005 for the Timberwolves and Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell remained disgruntled, I felt the need to rally the troops for the remainder of the season in any small way I could. This article urged the Wolves and their fans to keep striving for excellence, despite our sluggish start. It’s #7 of my Top 10 favorite Timberwolves articles.
As always, Kevin Garnett is determined to be the best [image2]
I couldn’t pick the Bulls. Even though all the other kids at school were doing it. Even though I knew it meant that I would get to celebrate a championship. I just couldn’t do it. They weren’t a team I could identify with. As the short kid who always got picked last, there was just one team that felt right to me - the Minnesota Timberwolves. I couldn’t name a player on the team. I didn’t even know where Minnesota was. But I knew that they were the worst team in the league, with no chance of getting better any time soon. They became a part of me, and I, a part of them. And as I was taunted for my choice of team, and as I endured all the other kids’ bragging, I hoped that someday things would get better…
Sixteen years have passed, and things have most definitely gotten better. I’m much taller, I don’t get picked anywhere close to last, and the Wolves are undoubtedly the most talented team in the league. Every lost season, every first round exit, and every heart-break of the past is just that - the past. We don’t have an MJ, but we’ve got a KG. He’s surrounded by the finest group of athletes this franchise has ever known. And we’ve got a serious chance to do what was utterly unthinkable just two years ago. We have an opportunity to win a championship. You would think that everything was perfect, but you would be wrong.