If the NBA were contracted and the Timberwolves dissolved would anyone care? It might actually be a relief for the people of Minnesota, who would be spared cajoling a perennial loser more dependable than the Chicago Cubs, and also to be spared the task of putting David Kahn’s head on a stick outside the Target Center (and we thought Kevin McHale was bad). The most disturbing aspect of Kahn’s incompetence—worse than pissing away the number five pick on Rubio or reportedly offering Al Jefferson for Danny Granger—is the bad name he’s giving writers-turned-general-managers. Without a doubt he’s crushed my (or Bill Simmons) chances of doing ANYTHING other than covering a team.
So yes, pretty disappointing overtime loss in Chicago last night. During the post-game report, radio announcer Antonio Harvey actually got something right—hard to believe, I know. On the Blazers’ current five-game road trip, Tone said that, in the midst of the playoff chase, anything less than a four and one record would be disappointing. And considering the caliber of opponents, Memphis being far and away the highest, four and one seemed doable. Actually, five and ‘0’ did too. But that dream is now dead.
It didn’t take long, however, for Tone to slip off truth’s tightrope (or at least thoughtful’s thoroughfare). Quickly he began to worry about the Blazers’ energy and emotional state after falling in OT. Wheels quickly butted in to remind his clueless partner that the Blazers are an NBA best 11 and three on the second night of back-to-backs. I’ll do Wheels one better—Saturday’s game will be the Wolves’ second in as many days as well. They were clubbed in Oklahoma City Friday, 109-92—Minnesota’s eighth loss in nine games. I guess Darko wasn’t the answer.
But then again, in Minnesota, what will the answer be? Or, more appropriately, will there every be one? The answer, as any high school dropout can tell you is NO—the Wolves will never be relevant. Kevin Garnett was as close they will ever come, and we know how that ended—fear he would snap into a murderous rampage. And my God, if Kevin Garnett couldn’t do it, how will Kevin Love? The Great White Beavertonite has man boobs—he’s not fit to carry Garnett’s jock, much less a doomed franchise.It says a lot about the Northwest Division that it can be considered the toughest in the NBA despite housing a 14-46 Wolves team. So chalk up a Blazers win Saturday, which will complete the season sweep. The Blazers won the three previous meetings all by double-digits, and twice by more than 20.