I know it's a slow time of year, but I thought this post on Truehoop is well worth a read for Wolves fans. It goes into the Utah Jazz owners philosophy and perspective on not only owning a team but running it as well. I thought it might make for some nice discussion fodder vis a vis Kahn's stated goals of building towards the long term. More and more when I look at the Timberwolves and their history of ineptitude I wonder if the issue is really Taylor more than it is McHale or Kahn or anyone else. Why else are certain teams (like the Clippers or Warriors) always bad and other teams (like the Jazz or Spurs) are always competitive? Coaches and GMs and players change, and yet for many of these teams the ownership group stays the same.
The Jazz have proven that, with solid level-headed long-term decisions, an NBA team can perform at a high-level with ownership that makes the team conform to bigger business strategies. But can Jazz fans understand the idea of an owner who has priorities bigger than basketball?
Another more local example is the Pohlad family and the Twins - are they a sustainably competitive team because they have solid ownership and leadership at the very top - people who seek out the best and give them the time to do their jobs? It's an interesting question for the Wolves, and one that I'd be interested to hear other's opinions about.