I said it once and I’ll say it again: The collection of websites dedicated to covering the ever so gradually less miserable existence of the Wolves is astounding, and the fact the Official Team Website (genuflect, when you say that, folks) would take time out of their draft prep and Lynx coverage (I don’t know, do they cover the Lynx?) to shine a light on the group of single-minded blogs written by people in their underwear drinking beer in their mother’s basements is pretty darn cool, if you ask me. Adds a bit of mom and pop charm to that big shiny Taylor Corporate Country Club down on First Avenue.
Personally, I don’t drink, but to each their own.
This is my answer to what I thought was the toughest question.
What keeps you so dedicated toward analyzing and following the Timberwolves each year?
It took me awhile to learn: If you’re a Wolves fan, you can’t go through life constantly wondering what would have happened if the Wolves didn’t trade Stephon Marbury and had kept Brandon Roy, or drafted Joakim Noah and Stephen Curry, or pulled off that move and gotten Paul George for Jonny Flynn, or found a way to get Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow or anything resembling a 3-point specialist this year. You can’t live like that. There are rubber rooms and Vikings jerseys for those people.
The most satisfying reason I have for following the Wolves is watching players like Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio come into the league with obvious professional-level skills, watching them see what they can and can’t get away with, add other facets to their games and keep improving year after year. Seeing skilled players like Pek, AK and Dante come to the team, find their niche and compliment their teammates while putting their own stamp on the game, it makes you appreciate the star players and the team-building aspect of the NBA. Watching each story arc get woven into all of the others, it’s a league-wide character drama and the Wolves have been one of its more tragic acts.