There are changes coming to the Timberwolves player-personnel and they have the potential to be big. Nikola Pekovic, big. Others could be of the Mickael Gelabale-variety. The biggest news thus far is the guy who will be
taking orders from working with Team Adelman is an old hand.
Without further delay: Part Two of our Staff Reactions series, featured staff writer James Glenn …
|1.) What is your reaction to the decision by Glen to decline Kahn’s option?James Glenn: Relief! This experiment had gone on long enough. Granted injuries never allowed this years team to show it’s full potential, but, if Kahn had done his job better it wouldn’t of come down to this years team needing to win in order for him to keep his job.
2.) What is your reaction to the decision by Glen to hire Flip as his replacement?
James Glenn: Cautiously optimistic. Flip has proven to be the most successful GM in Timberwolves history. He cheated to accomplish it, but he won non the less. I’m slightly let down (my own doing), because of wanting the next big guy. The world is ever evolving in sports, business and the approach to getting the job done. I wanted my team to go get the next “IT” guy, not the guy who once upon a time did it. I know Flip was able to once, I only hope it can be done again.
3.) What is your biggest hope or concern following these two moves and (optional follow-up) what can be done to address it?
James Glenn: I am still concerned about the organizational structure of every department under Flip. How solid is the franchises infrastructure after Kahn who openly admitted some flaws in interviews since being let go? I am optimistic because Flip has proven to understand the league and has had a glimpse inside of some great franchises as a consultant. I hope he will be able to get everything in place prior to the draft so another year will not be wasted. Flip has been given a pretty solid roster (2 franchise type players), some financial flexibility and a Hall of Fame Head Coach. Flip should be able to address the wing this off-season through the draft and/or free agency, unload some of the bad contracts (Roy, Berea and Ridnour = 14.2 million) and retain both Pek and Chase while easily keeping the payroll in line for the future.