There are far too many NBA pundits, analysts, talking heads, and fans who have decided far too early that the Minnesota Timberwolves’ attempt to combine the All-Star defensive might of center Rudy Gobert with the offensive might of Karl-Anthony Towns has failed. Kaput. Zilch. Null and void.
But I’ve lobbied the other side of the argument. After all, the amount of time that Towns and Gobert actually played on the same basketball court so far is pathetically small. In fact, it works out to just a bit more than one-third of a full NBA season.
Just a third.
That’s not very many games together. In fact, it’s not many at all, now that I think about it. So how can everyone who is weighing in on the matter be so sure that the Timberwolves have failed somehow? The truth is, they can’t.
Let’s rethink this and regroup
That’s like taste-testing a cake before the beaters even whip the batter. It’s like sharing how your day went after hitting the snooze alarm on the clock.
To sum it all up, when it comes to the Wolves Rudy Gobert – Karl-Anthony Towns duo: The job’s not done.
But there is time this season to regroup once more. The Timberwolves front office did not just stir up the roster at the beginning of the 2022-23 NBA season and then stand back to be surprised at the results.
The Timberwolves front office has not hit the pause button once and has continued to chip away at the team. It’s been a constant effort to reshape what the Timberwolves used to be, a team locked in NBA limbo, with a true and perennial NBA Playoff team.