Apr 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) passes behind his head at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

New Wolves Arriving: it's a whole new kind of hope

New Wolves Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young all landed at MSP on Monday and began their media tour of the Twin Cities.

The Timberwolves’ fantastic Public Relations Twitter account choronicled the day in it’s entireity, but it began with pictures at baggage claim and ended with a classy reception held on The Union rooftop for long-time season ticket holders and sponsors of the team.

The trio, plus first-round pick Zach LaVine, made their rounds and glad-handed those that needed to be glad-handed, and they’ll make their first official public appearance as Wolves that is geared towards Joe Fan at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The press conference/question-and-answer/whatever else may transpire will be broadcast locally on FSNorth.

It’s an exciting week, and a welcome distraction after weeks months years of the doldrums, and the promise of Kevin Love that quickly turned into the problem of Kevin Love.

No, it may not turn out exactly how we all might like it to turn out. Things rarely do, especially around 600 First Avenue North. But hey, it’s a glimmer of hope.

The glimmer hasn’t really been there in earnest until after Ricky Rubio‘s first game. Sure, the squad was supposed to be good, maybe even a 50-win team last year. But it wasn’t, and something never felt quite right.

Here’s to hoping that Flip Saunders can get Ricky back to being Ricky, and that Thaddeus Young and Kevin Martin are up to the challenge of mentoring this budding, young collection of immense talent that the front office has assembled. Let’s hope that Nikola Pekovic can stay on the court, and that Gorgui Dieng continues his ascent as a potential starting-caliber talent.

There’s plenty of hope to go around. And it doesn’t even feel forced, like it has so many times before.

Sure, there will be losses. Tons and tons of them, no doubt. The team will regress in the win-column, like they have so many times before.

But the direction is fairly clear now. And that means something.

So sit back, relax, allow yourself to enjoy the media fanfare of the coming week and envision the alley-oops and breakaway dunks that are on the horizon.

You deserve that, don’t you think?

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