From: Las Vegas
ORIGINAL: David Levine
He was a shit coach and a shit GM for a shit franchise
Only now after nearly 30 years is there a glimmer of hope.
Don't give me that Western Conference Final Crap.
Any objective obserever will tell you that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the worst sports franchises ever.
Flip was a Big part of that.
We've literally had 1 single season in our franchise's history where we've mattered.
Lowest winning % of any NBA franchise. Missed the playoffs 20 of 28 years in a league where MORE THAN HALF of the teams get in.
Wasted the entire prime of an all-time player. A guy who single-handedly dragged his coach into the playoffs, but only 1 year was given actual NBA talent around him.
Credit to him for not screwing up arguably the easiest #1 pick since LeBron, but if it wasn't for us lucking into that #1 pick, there wouldn't be much about this franchise to be excited about.
I don't think it is fair to say we had only one season that mattered. TWolves screwed up more things than they should have, and fate dealt them some very unfortunate situations, not the least of which was that for more than a couple of years in our playoff run the four best teams in the whole league were ahead of us in the Western Conference. They were best not by a little but by a lot. Difficult to win a first round playoff when your having to face the cream of the whole league.
And by the way while it is Managements job to build the team and the coach's to see that it comes together, the players we had from KG on down were not free of responsibilities and some blame. Guess that is why only one team wins the championship.
Even those 4 years where we 47-51 win teams, we got knocked off 4-2, 3-1, 3-1 and 3-0.
We forced a "deciding game" one time in the 7 years leading up to Sam and Spree.
We didn't matter. We were a nice regular season team that was not built (either in talent or scheme) to compete in the playoffs.
Good teams and good coaches occasionally win a series they aren't "supposed to".
And I'm fine with putting some blame on players. But you also have to take into account who acquired and coached them.