Ricky Rubio brought the Minnesota Timberwolves instant hope. Not just hope for the future, but for this season.
Rubio teamed with Kevin Love, the self-proclaimed Best Power Forward in the Game. They were being groomed under Rick Adelman, the new coach with NBA Finals experience. They added No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams.
For a while, there was buzz. The T-Wolves, after having missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons, were relevant again.
Then came the All-Star break. Then Rubio badly injured his knee and was lost for the season. Then Williams started playing mostly like a rookie. And considering hes indeed a rookie, you cant really blame him.
Basically, within the past month or so, the Wolves began to look like the inexperienced bunch they are.
But in their case, its really no big deal. Nobody expected them to contend for a playoff spot this season. You could even say that by doing so early, they overachieved. At the very least, they appear stable heading into the fu...