Time for Wolves to sharpen their teeth
There was palpable sadness in the Target Center as the realization set in that the most successful season in Timberwolves history had ended. Mixed with the despair, however, was an optimism and excitement rising out of the ashes about the prospects for a championship parade in downtown Minneapolis sometime in June 2005.
To make matters even sweeter, the dysfunctional, yet highly-successful Lakers finally imploded. Shaquille O'Neal was sent to the Heat and Phil Jackson left to embark on a year-long tour to promote a new book containing his version of the L.A. meltdown. The Western Conference title path was cleared, now that the school bully had left town.
As the 2004-05 season got underway, everything seemed to be in place for a title run in the Twin Cities. I even bought it, as I picked the Wolves to win the NBA championship this season.
In case you haven't noticed, the Timberwolves (18-17, eighth in the West) are the biggest disappointment in the NBA through the first third of the season. What's gone wrong?
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