Last year, Golden State Warrior superstar Steph Curry launched an individual offensive display of historical significance, making 402 3-point field goals during the regular season while shooting a highly accurate 45.4% from behind the arc. This total bested the previous record (set by Curry the year before) by a remarkable 116 and really is a ridiculous outlier stat no matter how you look at it.
Even with the Wild in the midst of an unprecedented surge, Kevin Garnett’s return dominated Minnesota sports headlines last week.
A video released by the Timberwolves’ Youtube channel this past Friday captures the nostalgic joy that filled the Target Center during Wednesday night’s re-debut of KG against the Washington Wizards..
This past Saturday, a young Timberwolf spent his Valentine’s Day flying high in New York, doing his darnedest to help fans fall back in love with a mid-season tradition that has lost much of its past luster.
By most accounts, he succeeded.
As we say goodbye to Kevin Love (or good riddance), we also say hello to some new Timberpups, most importantly, Andrew Wiggins.
When I first heard about Andrew Wiggins while he was still in high school, possibly even middle school, I thought he was just going be another hype job, a kid who was heralded at a young age to be the next whoever much in the way two-time Timberwolves player Sebastian Telfair was.
I for one am one of those people who initially liked Kevin Love when he was drafted all those years ago — he was a scoring and rebound machine and he seemed to have the potential to pull the Wolves franchise off the snide. But as the team worked toward the past few seasons with the glimmer of hope it would be “the year” the Wolves made it back to the postseason, the team never delivered. (Love also missed extended time in one season because of “knuckle pushups.”)
It’s hard to dispute that the Wolves have had competitive rosters over those seasons, but still no playoff push from any of the teams. Although Love isn’t entirely to blame, I’ll make the argument that he was the best player on the squad and undisputed team leader, so most of the blame falls on his shoulders. That considered, hearing of his trade to Cleveland, goodbye Kevin Love, good riddance, you will not be missed by this Timberwolves fan.
It would have been a much more exciting, frustrating and happy retirement announcement had Rick Adelman called it quits just after leading the Timberwolves on to win the 2014 NBA Finals. He may not have fulfilled all our hopes and dreams or even his own career long ambition for a well-deserved ring, but the evidence of his success and genius is embedded in both the team and across the league.
Timberwolves fans collectively rejoiced this afternoon when the organization announced they reached a five-year, $60 million deal with budding center Nikola Pekovic. While the Wolves have been down in terms of team success over the past nine years, Pekovic is widely considered one of the better centers in the NBA and clearly represents a crucial piece to the team building long-term success.