MINNEAPOLIS If you ask David Kahn, this was all about on-court improvement. The rest was a happy accident.
Kahn isn't lying. The increased skill level and deeper roster are there. But it doesn't take long to see that there's something else, too, that's vastly different.
It's some kind of accident that the Timberwolves managed to bring in two highly regarded veterans in Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko who are known around the NBA as good teammates and leaders. It's great luck, then, that the players who didn't return were the ones who left the locker room first after losses, silent and not nearly angry enough.
So take Kahn's words for what they're worth, and everything else. The Timberwolves were looking for skill this offseason, but they were also looking for that magic extra quality, so hard to quantify, that makes a player into not only a talent, but a good teammate. Acquiring those players and losing the downers isn't done by accident, and it's made easier by the fact that...