Last season was the first step in the journey back to respectability for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they escaped the Association’s basement, although the progress was not good enough for All-Star forward Kevin Love, as the team finished the campaign with a 26-40 mark. The T-Wolves big man has joined the ranks of the NBA elite, with back to back stellar seasons and according to the “Pioneer Press,” he is very optimistic about the upcoming season for his club.
K-Love told reporters earlier this week “Yeah, we’re going to make the playoffs. I have faith in this team; I have faith in what we’ve done this off-season. There’s definitely a different feel going into the locker room. I’m real excited for this team. We definitely added value to this team.”
Minnesota, was very pro-active during the summer, as they signed Louis Amundson, Andrei Kirilenko, former Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma and former All-Star shooting guard Brandon Roy to Free Agent deals. They also have added former Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger in a trade for a draft pick.
Love, is hoping that Roy can return to form that made him a rising star in the Association, until chronic knee pain forced him to retire a year ago. He told members of the media “Everybody knows what he brings to the table. Everybody has questions about his health, but from what I saw yesterday and what he’s been telling me, he feels great. Hopefully, that’ll hold through the next few seasons. Kirilenko is a guy who’s been there, done that. We have a number of different guys, having just signed Lou Amundson and Dante Cunningham, those types of players really can change the landscape of a team with the little things they can do in a game.”
Minnesota was in the hunt for a Playoff slot last season, until they lost rookie point guard Ricky Rubio to injury for the rest of the campaign. The native of Spain, will begin this year on the shelf as he recovers from knee surgery; the club hopes to have him back some time in January. It will be the second season for T-Wolves head coach Rick Adelman, who began the process of changing the team’s mind-set in his first year with the club. Now with a roster that he had a lot of input in constructing; expectations are that the climb will continue in the upcoming campaign, possibly with a Playoff spot at the end of the regular season.