As a (so-far) non-renewing season ticket holder I've received e-mails this week from Glenn Taylor and Rick Adelman. I'm not naïve enough to believe Taylor and Adelman wrote these, but I assume that they at least okayed them. I can't imagine Adelman, anyway, allowing just anything to go out over his signature. I haven't seen these posted here and thought they might be of interest to those of you who don't get them.
I will not include the ticket offer details and sales pitches that make up a part of each e-mail, but I will quote in full what Taylor and Adelman allow ghostwriters to say about the team.
First, Glenn Taylor's, dated February 13:
This current NBA season did not go as planned as the number of injuries we have endured have clearly taken a toll on our team. All along, we truly believed that our team would be battling for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference. That is why we introduced the bold move of a 10% Playoff Refund: you get 10% off your 2013-14 season membership if we do not qualify for the playoffs this spring.
Despite our win-loss record, I'm proud of how hard our team has competed, and I'm also proud of all the support you – our season ticket members – and all our fans have shown the team at Target Center all year long. I'm confident in our core group of players – Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic – and I know that we have one of the best coaches in league history in Rick Adelman guiding them. I promise you that we will continue to work to improve our team this offseason with the goal of returning to the playoffs.
Still think David Kahn won't be back?
Here is Rick Adelman's, dated February 15:
I want you to know that I remain extremely excited about our young core group of players that we have on our team: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic. Kevin is one of the premier power forwards in the league, a two-time NBA All-Star and has continually improved his game each season. It is unfortunate that he has missed most of this season due to his broken hand. Ricky is one of the promising young point guards in the NBA who has the ability to make his teammates better with his pass-first mentality. He is such a competitor and has worked extremely hard to get back from his knee injury. The past few weeks Ricky’s play has continually improved and he looks more and more like the player we saw last season. Pek is simply a tough, hard-nosed player, who continues to improve as he learns the NBA game. His development over the past two seasons has been dramatic, and has resulted in him becoming one of the top young centers in the NBA. Our goal is to re-sign him this offseason.
Although injuries have hit us hard this season and things have not gone according to plan, I cannot say enough about how hard our players have battled each and every night. I’m proud of their professionalism and their ability to compete. With a healthy roster and a few additions, I know we will compete for a Western Conference playoff spot.
Clearly Pekovic is viewed as part of the team's core. At least by the sales staff he is, but both Taylor and Adelman sign off on the public stance.