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Woe are the Pups
November 10, 2009 - Per Peterson
Luckily for the Timberwolves, there are no expectations this season. They have a new coach — four new coaches, actually, a new system, a promising second-year player who hasn’t played yet because of a broken hand, a star player still working his way back from major knee surgery and an overall young team. But what happened to them Monday night, even for them, should be viewed as nothing more than embarrassing. The Pups on Monday gave up a franchise-worst 146 points to Golden State, a young, up-tempo team. Eight players scored in double figures for the Warriors, three of them had more than 20. Even for the Pups, this was ugly, and it might get uglier. We’ll hear all year long how young they are, how much they battle to the end and never quit and how the team and its fans need to be patient. Well, those fans might not be around for long and who knows if they’ll ever go back once they leave. If you thought they hit rock bottom before, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This year’s version probably won’t win 20 games, meaning once again, they’ll end up in the lottery, where the NBA gods have never been kind. All we can hope for this year is for all these young players to learn as much as they can and improve as the season goes along. They do have some talented players, but in the NBA having a few talented players doesn’t cut it. Every team has a few talented players. In the NBA, you need a superstar, and with all apologies to Al Jefferson, the Pups don’t have one. He’s a star, maybe, but not a superstar. The Pups had one of those and traded him instead of building around him.
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