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Institutional limitations

I would imagine that just about everyone here at a nba website at some time in their childhood dreamed of being a pro basketball player. And, obviously, that didn't work out (unless we have some retired ballers here) due to a lack of size, speed, skill, dedication, or what have you. At some point we realized that we didn't have what it took and no matter how much we wanted it we just weren't going to be great basketball players. It was a reality nearly everyone has to come to. There are limitations built in.

That's where I'm at with this Timberwolves organization. It doesn't matter how much I want the franchise to succeed the organization is bad and there is no real way to overcome that, just like there is no way to overcome having a terrible singing voice in order to become a great opera singer. We talk about players having ceilings but rarely about organizations. You can be a well run franchise and put out a bad team, injuries happen, stars age and retire. But you can't be a poorly run franchise and put out a great team, it just doesn't happen. Our franchise, while it can be entertaining and employ good players, has a low ceiling and I think we just need to accept that.

You may think that this is an over reaction to the terrible laker loss, but it's actually a reaction to the spurs win over the warriors. Lets take a look at two franchises, one well run, the other not. Spurs and Cavaliers both got lucky and were gifted franchise changing stars with a #1 pick but the course they took from there was very different.

1. Spurs got lucky with Duncan but did they also get lucky with Ginobli, parker, Splitter, Leonard and the rest of their supporting cast? Have they just been really lucky for 15 years? No, suggesting that would be stupid. Lucky gets you the opportunity, good is what you do with it.

2. Cavs got lucky with Lebron and surrounded him with the world beating tandem of Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Delante West. They even made it to a championship but they were never a great team, Labron was just a great player. After he left, the cavs set an nba record for consecutive losses and went right back to being fed high draft picks, which is where they still languish today, waiting to be handed that one star that will do the work for them.

The spurs were without there three best players and beat a 2nd round playoff team. That is amazing. If the wolves were without their three best players I doubt they'd make it out of the locker room. There was an article on here showing how our top three were about on par with other teams, but everyone else is not. Anyone would have drafted LeBron or Duncan and anyone can throw money at free agents but what makes the great organizations great is the little to medium things. This Timberwolves organization is not good at those things, or really most things, and it never will be. Expecting it to change would be foolish. Limitations are built in.

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