This is all news to one David Kahn, boss of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who blew up the team this past summer.
After Monday's embarrassing dismantling at the hands of the (get ready for it) Golden State Warriors(!), Kahn, in quotes to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, seemed flabbergasted that his mish-mosh of raw players hasn't won many games.
The Wolves lost to Golden State by 41 points, leading Kahn to issue this warning.
"It's inexcusable and unacceptable, for any one game, for us not to put up the requisite fight. I hope it does not become a pattern. If it does, it will be remedied. We will not spend an entire season tolerating that."How it will be remedied, of course, is left for the reader to imagine, though Kahn does defend his coaching staff. Minnesota has only one core player with more than two years of pro experience, and his name is Al Jefferson. I'm not sure Kahn is really ready to ship Al Fricking Jefferson out on a carrier pigeon because the season hasn't begun so smoothly.
(By the way, the Wolves responded to Kahn's threat with a 23-point home loss to Portland. It's almost as if the team just isn't very good!)
Who could be at fault for the bad start? Ramon Sessions, a point guard Kahn signed just a few months ago? Jonny Flynn, the point guard Kahn drafted in June? Corey Brewer, who despite shooting worse than a blind rifleman with epilepsy is having his best pro season and is the team's only plus defender? Ryan Hollins, a Kahn signee who can't rebound defensively or play defense well, despite being tall and athletic?
Jefferson has admittedly gotten off to a rough start -- 15/6 in 30 minutes a game, well off his recent production. But this is your star, the one proven commodity, the one (as of right now) potential All-Star. Are you really going to trade him, Mr. Kahn, because your young inexpensive team is 1-8?
There is no solution, of course, but patience. This is what happens with young teams.
Look at Portland, the team that waxed 'Sota Wednesday night. You think this squad bloomed overnight, like a shoot of grass? Basketball teams are trees, man, and while you have to start with good seed (Jefferson, Kevin Love and Flynn qualify) and add food (there is where that vaunted coaching staff comes in), it takes time to get something solid in place.