Minnesota Timberwolves: On the brink of collapse?

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Are the Timberwolves on their way out?
All right, let's face it. The Timberwolves are awful.

Statistically, they're one of the worst teams in the NBA. And ever since Kevin Garnett left, we haven't seen a whole lot to give us hope that they're getting any better.

But, aside from their terrible on-court returns, could the franchise itself be on the verge of collapsing? According to one news analysis: yes.

The Delaware-based news analysis site 24/7 Wall St. published a story this week looking at sports teams most likely heading for the Great Beyond. The Wolves made the No. 2 spot. Here are a few key points from the post:

  • 10-year change in attendance: -12.88% (sixth biggest decline in NBA)
  • W-L record 10 years: 339-481 (sixth worst in NBA)
  • Operating income (2010): -$7 million
  • Year founded: 1989
  • Value: $264 million (second least valuable in NBA)
  • The story also points out that the Wolves haven't made it to the playoffs in seven consecutive years, and the lockout doesn't exactly bode well for the eighth.

    So when you put it that way, yes, things don't look great. But we're still not convinced that the Timberwolves are on their way out. After all, we still have Kevin Love.

    Love was recently ranked the 16th best player in the NBA by ESPN. And that's in addition to being a fantastic Tweeter.

    So we pose the question to our readers: Is there hope for the Timberwolves?


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    18 comments
    JonnyBeGood
    JonnyBeGood

    Why doesn't the team owner buy better players - franchised sports - it's a joke.  If you want to watch real sports, look outside of the US!

    Tagseim
    Tagseim

    Minnesota is "The state of Hockey" let the T-Wont's go.

    Ryan Siverson
    Ryan Siverson

    This is a non story. How does being a bad team mean they are on their way out? Must be a slow news week... wait, it's not.

    Sir Napsalot
    Sir Napsalot

    Their owner is a billionare and is a Minnesota local.  They'll stick around despite losing money.  And frankly, with how much young talent they have, they're probably going to figure out how to make it work eventually, Kahn or no.

    Tee
    Tee

    Well at least if they're gone, the Lynx might get more attention.

    Ryan Schmidt
    Ryan Schmidt

    That list has the Coyotes (owned by the NHL), the Kings (trying to move).. Doesn't have the Hornets (owned by the NBA).. SMH

    Wolves aren't in the same league as those. They have stable ownership..

    @dsfink
    @dsfink

    Yes, there is hope, but as a small market team it's more difficult to achieve success.

    Small market teams can be competitive in the NBA by mainly the draft, but thanks to Glen Taylor, the Wolves have been set back via the Joe Smith debacle and along with overall poor management.

    Look at OKC (formerly Seattle) for example as they've drafted exceptional well (Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka etc.), acquired assets through trades (Perkins), have competent management and now are an attractive (small) market for a marque player to sign with.

    Overall, the Wolves' are in the same position as other NBA teams and have been on the decline since KG departed, but I'll tell you that fans haven't been this excited over a Wolves' team in a long time. The problem is we may just not see 'this team' for a while.

    If you're really worried about a MN sports team collapse/departure, check out that Vikings team and their situation...

    Ryan Schmidt
    Ryan Schmidt

    If the Wolves were "on their way out" they wouldn't be investing $5 Million in a new coach (contracts are guaranteed, Owner would still have to pay this).. Also, over those 7 years, Glen Taylor has fired 3 other coaches, paying out in the $12 to $18 million..

    Are the Wolves struggling? Obviously.. Are they still operating in a somewhat good form, yes..

    Seinworbshabadoo
    Seinworbshabadoo

    Rick Adelman + Ricky Rubio + Derrick Williams + B-Easy + K-Love = some excitement. C'mon CP, you used to have the best basketball writer in the country covering this team (Britt Robson). You can do better than simple snarky negativity. 

    Kurt Rambis' exit will help tremendously. Remember when CP voted him best head coach?

    Joeob
    Joeob

    Yes there is hope for the NBA and the Timberwolves. I would hate to lose the Vikings and/or Wolves. We need sports in the Twin Cities.

    Mark Snyder
    Mark Snyder

    What does that mean, "on their way out?" It's not like they're going to be contracted by the NBA or something. Besides, with their new coach, they can only improve on the last two seasons, once the owners actually allow them to play, that is.

    Mark Gisleson
    Mark Gisleson

    Hell yes. They've got a great new coach and some very intriguing young talent. Not having a preseason will hurt them, but I expect them to be much better this year and in the playoffs within a year or two.

    Michele Bachmann
    Michele Bachmann

    Soccer combines all the fun of watching two teams not trying to win with grown men pretending to be hurt.   Also you get to listen to idiots blow the most annoying horns ever created by man for 4 hours.   What fun.  I was going to watch the big soccer match this weekend between Manchesthair and Europetown but I decided to watch my body hair grown instead, it turned out to be a bit more faster paced than soccer.  I'm sure I missed the great South American player Ronaladobrunhildalio kick the ball out of bounds like 8 times but that's life.   How was the riot afterwords between the two groups of neo nazis?  Was anyone murdered?

    Michele Bachmann
    Michele Bachmann

    Kahn is the reason they have so much young talent.   I don't get the Kahn bashing.  He took a franchise that was utterly devoid of talent and has remade the roster into a young, interesting group of players.   McHale is the biggest idiot to run a team since Matt Millen and Kahn has done what he can to fix it. 

    Jeremy B
    Jeremy B

    Don't take this too personally, Joeob, but I HATE when people say that. There are a million different sports teams and events to watch in the TC metro, probably every sport you can possibly think of. What you mean is "pro ball or GTFO"--as if we need these money-suckers.

    Mark Gisleson
    Mark Gisleson

    Really? Yes, Glen Taylor owns both teams, but I don't think the Lynx would move with the Wolves if the Wolves were sold or contracted. How do you move the WNBA championship team, especially after they set attendance records during the playoffs?

    Kazperz
    Kazperz

    the lynx are subsitized by the wolves, giving it at least a better then good chance they would have problems the lynx there not in good money standards either just casue we had one good seanson doesnt put the last decade behind money wise

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