Given that professional basketball players spend most of their careers singing odes to the prospect of winning championships moving on from an NBA title contender to a youthful team trying to establish itself looks on the face of it like a tough shift.
But new Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin sat at the podium at Target Center on Monday introduced in person to the Twin Cities media for the first time since signing in July and repeatedly declared his optimism for the move his new home and the prospects of a team that has built an intriguing core.
“I don’t think our goal is just to make the playoffs — that would be a mistake to sit up here and say that’s our ceiling or things like that” Martin said. “This team is built to do more than that. … The foundation has been laid so now it’s our job to work hard every day and establish a family atmosphere in that locker room. … This was a very easy decision for me to come up here to Minnesota.”
No doubt the four-year $28 million con...