MINNNEAPOLIS -- With so many years of experience, the Minnesota Timberwolves' new front office general is accustomed to using past examples from the past as illustration.
Kevin Garnett's his favorite. "We drafted Garnett, and that was pretty good," former coach Flip Saunders said Monday when asked about navigating this year's draft.
"You look at Magic" -- Johnson, that is -- for a player whose 3-point shooting prowess developed over his time in the league. "You look at the Blazers" to avoid passing on talent for need, given they didn't draft Michael Jordan. "You look at this year's playoffs" and see how direly a Timberwolves team that shot a league-worst 30.5 percent from the 3-point line needs guys that can light it up from outside.
And with plenty of time to experience the 2013 NBA Playoffs as a spectator, you look at the San Antonio Spurs for a lesson in remarkable sustainability. The kind that has you playing -- not watching -- in championship after championship.
No one's comple...