MINNEAPOLIS Tyrone Corbin is no stranger to a Timberwolves team attempting to build and define itself.
Corbin, who's in his first full season as the head coach of the Jazz, was selected by the Timberwolves in the 1989 expansion draft. The small forward played for two and a half seasons in Minnesota under Bill Musselman and was a key player in the team's early efforts to define itself.
Now, more than 20 years later, the Timberwolves are going through a similar process to Corbin's squad all those years ago, and he can't help but reminisce.
"We set a goal with Coach Musselman to be the best of the new franchises, which was four expansion teams at the time," Corbin said.
There was more, though. Musselman's team wanted to be better than the bottom tier of the NBA, better than those teams that hadn't made the playoffs in the season before the Timberwolves' inception. Under Musselman, the team won 22 games in its first season and 29 in its second,...