First post on this site, but I have some experience posting on Daily Norseman, so I hope my expertise (or lack thereof) translates over here to the basketball world. I have always rooted for the Wolves, and have always considered myself a fan. I will admit, unlike many of you, I did not watch many games after Kevin Garnett was traded. If I came across a game on TV I'd watch for a few minutes, and then keep on channel surfing. If I got in the car and the game happened to be on, I'd listen until I reached my destination. I always watch the draft, Christmas games, and the playoffs (which, of course, doesn't usually include Minnesota), but other than that I would consider myself somewhat of an outskirts type of fan.
When Ricky Rubio announced he would join the Timberwolves for this season, I started to get a little more excited about what the Wolves brought to the table. I was well aware of Kevin Loves abilities (it's not like I live under a rock) and knew that we had some solid young talent returning, so I figured to watch a few more games this season. Then the lockout hit.
I know a majority of you are die-hards and were absolutely devastated by the work stoppage. I can completely relate to you. When the NFL lockout hit, I was heartbroken. If there wouldn't have been a season I might have killed myself (OK, probably not, but you get the point). There was almost an emptiness inside of me for the 100+ days that the lockout lasted. But when the NBA endured a lockout of their own, I just kind of shrugged it off. I had pretty much given up on there being a season by October. And honestly, I wasn't even that disappointed.
When the players and owners finally came to an agreement, I was happy for the league and its fans. I watched most of the Christmas Day games in their entirety. At that point I was glad the NBA was back in action. I was excited to tune into FSN the next day to watch the Wolves take on Kevin Durant (who happens to be my favorite player...big Texas Longhorns fan also) and the Oklahoma City Thunder. I was intrigued to see Russell Westbrook, who in my opinion, is the fastest player in the league, and a very talented point guard at that, take on Rubio.
I had a feeling going into this season, with the additions of Rubio, JJ Barea, and Derrick Williams, that this Wolves team was going to be very competitive, but not be able to finish off many games and end up with another top ten draft pick (even though it will not belong to us). While it appears that I am right (for now anyway), I have fallen in love with this team. I am turning into a huge Minnesota Timberwolves fan as we speak. I simply cannot take my eyes off the television screen when I see Rubio slashing across the lane and hitting Love with a no-look bounce pass for a three, or Barea taking it to the rack for an and-one.
Basically, this team is making me recall the days of KG, Sam Cassell, and Latrell Sprewell, and making me fall in love with the Minnesota Timberwolves all over again. I think Adelman has done a great job with these guys, basically being the complete opposite of Kurt Rambis. David Kahn's job may be saved with the production that we are getting out of perhaps the most exciting player in the league, Ricky Rubio. Four down, 62 to go. I would like to thank you guys at Canis Hoopus for your wonderful insights, and I will be sure to post over here more often.