The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered through another devastating, albeit hopeful, season lat year. But while 2013-14 was supposed to be a step forward, the team has remained the same as they’ve always been, and have even started to regress. This has caused tension between Kevin Love and the rest of the team and now head coach Rick Adelman is at the end of his rope as well.
Adelman told his team to stop pretending like they’re a playoff team because they’re nowhere near being one. Star Tribune Wolves beat writer Kent Youngblood captured Adelman’s quotes:
We have to face facts that we’re a .500 team,” he said. “Right now we’re below .500 [18-20]. I told them, ‘If you think you’re a playoff team, why don’t you just forget it? Because you haven’t proven that you are. You haven’t gone out and really established yourselves yet.’ ”
The season isn’t even to the All-Star Break yet, so to write the Wolves off now is a silly notion. Adelman isn’t telling the team to pack it in, rather he sees a team with a ton of talent that seems to think they can coast through the regular season when they’ve earned no such respect yet.