Timberwolves Countdown #7 – “A Resolution”

As the calender turned over to 2005 for the Timberwolves and Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell remained disgruntled, I felt the need to rally the troops for the remainder of the season in any small way I could.  This article urged the Wolves and their fans to keep striving for excellence, despite our sluggish start.  It’s #7 of my Top 10 favorite Timberwolves articles.

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As always, Kevin Garnett is determined to be the best [image2]

I couldn’t pick the Bulls.  Even though all the other kids at school were doing it.  Even though I knew it meant that I would get to celebrate a championship.  I just couldn’t do it.  They weren’t a team I could identify with.  As the short kid who always got picked last, there was just one team that felt right to me – the Minnesota Timberwolves.  I couldn’t name a player on the team.  I didn’t even know where Minnesota was.  But I knew that they were the worst team in the league, with no chance of getting better any time soon.  They became a part of me, and I, a part of them.  And as I was taunted for my choice of team, and as I endured all the other kids’ bragging, I hoped that someday things would get better…

Sixteen years have passed, and things have most definitely gotten better.  I’m much taller, I don’t get picked anywhere close to last, and the Wolves are undoubtedly the most talented team in the league.  Every lost season, every first round exit, and every heart-break of the past is just that – the past.  We don’t have an MJ, but we’ve got a KG.  He’s surrounded by the finest group of athletes this franchise has ever known.  And we’ve got a serious chance to do what was utterly unthinkable just two years ago.  We have an opportunity to win a championship.  You would think that everything was perfect, but you would be wrong.

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Derek Hanson

About Derek Hanson

Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson founded the Bloguin Network and TWolves Blog. He is one of the original Timberwolves fans, hailing back to 1989.