Growing pains: Despite record, young Timberwolves see signs of progress

There are 6 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 9, 2010, titled Growing pains: Despite record, young Timberwolves see signs of progress. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

No one in the Timberwolves' front office or locker room predicted an NBA playoff appearance this season.

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Rube Rubee O

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 9, 2010
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The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#2 Dec 10, 2010
I keep saying it: I like this team. It also seems a good fit for Rambis, who is growing right along with them.

Just keep this in mind: they're YOUNG. 21, 22, 23. These guys are not even fully mature physically. Give them a couple of years.

Of course, we need better point guard play. I think there are a million people who wish Bassy could just be a little bit better with a little bit better shot. But it isn't likely to happen. He is an example of the kind of player we had last year: well meaning, but at the limits of their ability. Ridnour seems to be another of those.

We'll know a lot more when we see if Flynn is a young player with room to grow or a young player with a flawed game. Webster? Who knows?

Love had found consistency -- the key to a solid NBA career, because it allows you to be used in a defined way. Beasley is a Ferrari with loose steering -- capable of great things but equally as likely to crash. And when he really pushes things, trying to be "The Man," he loses his court vision. This, it would seem, is correctable. Darko, if he isn't brittle, is a throw back player. His passing is the "and one" that will make all the difference. Wes seems overwhelmed, but better minds than mine see something special there.

I could go on, but the point is simple: these are young guys feeling their way, led by a young coach who is feeling his way. The only real troublesome issue is their softness on defense, which raises some real issues, since these are supposed to be rangy, athletic guys and Rambis is supposed to be a defensive coach. Why they can't get out on a guy on the 3 point line is a mystery.

End of story: I like this team, I've always liked Kahn, Rambis is winning me over, and Glenn is staying in the background like an owner should. We've got places to go, my friends, and most of them appear to be up.
heater

United States

#3 Dec 10, 2010
I have been following the Wolves closely this year since the acquisition of Beasley and I am quite impressed. The record may not show it but this is a good young team. Love is a beast and Beasley has been doing what many in Miami were expecting if given the opportunity. The Wolves have a solid foundation with the 2 guys and the reality is they haven't even scratched the surface on how good they can be. Once everyone gets the hang of the Triangle offense & a commitment to defense they will be in the playoffs no doubt.

Beasley still needs more seasoning although I see a huge difference in the player I saw last year in Miami. He is more aggressive and doesn't seem afraid to take his shots as opposed to last year when he was handcuffed. His growth will come when he realizes everything does have to come from the outside, he needs to get in there and bang a little bit and more easy baskets will come along with some boards. Right know Love is really the only guy in there hitting the glass, there is no reason why Beasley shouldn't be averaging double digit boards. 1 problem I see is that he is content to linger outside when others shoot, I noticed the same thing in Miami. He needs to crash the boards when a shot goes up as opposed to sitting on the perimeter assuming it will go in. If I were Rambis I would demand that out of him. But it all comes down to growing into a complete player.

The future looks good for the Wolves keep supporting your team.

DD Austin

Lena, MS

#4 Dec 10, 2010
1) Look at that gut on Ramblin Rambo! He's getting fatter & lazier!
2) Ramblin Rambo should try putting his funky looking glasses back on he wore as a player. Maybe he'll have flashbacks of what he used to see when he played on a good, effective, and winning team!!
The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#5 Dec 10, 2010
DD Austin wrote:
1) Look at that gut on Ramblin Rambo! He's getting fatter & lazier!
2) Ramblin Rambo should try putting his funky looking glasses back on he wore as a player. Maybe he'll have flashbacks of what he used to see when he played on a good, effective, and winning team!!
Generally speaking, the followers of the wolves write more intelligent comments than those of posters about other subjects. This is not an example of the intelligent comments. Please refrain from posting if you are simply going to try to be clever (which you are not) and abusive.
RJW

Le Sueur, MN

#6 Dec 10, 2010
I'm pretty sure I've seen this headline before regarding our Wolves. That being said, I do think this is the most talented group we've had here since Garnett went to Boston.

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