No one with common sense would question that the Minnesota Timberwolves had a successful season in 2022-23. After being down a starter for most of the year and dealing with other inconsistencies due to injuries, it is rather incredible that they finished with a winning record.
Even though they did not have ample time to acclimate to a new roster after the trade deadline, Minnesota was still a force to be reckoned with. Despite being down two important rotation players, the Timberwolves gave the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets a hard battle in the first round of the playoffs.
Wolves fans know the caliber of team they have on their hands. That said, it is still nice to be reminded that our feelings are valid from time to time. That is why fans in Minnesota will be thrilled to hear what NBA champ Bruce Brown had to say about the Timberwolves.
Bruce Brown spoke about the Minnesota Timberwolves this week.
On the “Run Your Race” Podcast, former Denver Nugget Bruce Brown made an appearance and talked about his team’s run to an NBA championship. He went into detail about Denver’s first-round matchup with the Timberwolves, and mentioned how difficult it was to eliminate them.
“Honestly, I would say our toughest series was … Minnesota,” said Brown. “They had good players. Mike Conley, KAT, Ant. I think that was our toughest series.” This is a big statement from Brown, considering the Suns were the only team able to take more than one game from the Nuggets in a series this year.
Brown essentially echoed what many Timberwolves fans have been saying all offseason: that despite losing in five, Minnesota presented the biggest challenge to the reigning NBA champs. Brown also gives credence to the theory that the Wolves could have even had a chance to win that series if not for injuries to Jaden McDaniels and Naz Reid.
Browns’ words give Timberwolves fans validation for the team’s run.
Bruce Brown’s praise for the Timberwolves did not end there, either. He also spoke about Anthony Edwards and how difficult it was to stop him. “I would say this year, the toughest players to guard were Ant and Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander),” said Brown.
Timberwolves fans will undoubtedly gain more respect for Bruce Brown after this interview. He went on to give respect for Edwards’ ability to score at all three levels. Brown mentioned Edwards’ missed shot at the end of Game 5 of the first round, saying that it was on line.
As the offseason goes on, it is refreshing to see others outside Minnesota recognize the level of talent in the Twin Cities. Wolves fans can continue to relish the possibility that a special season could be ahead.