The Minnesota Timberwolves are close to tasting success.
Ricky Rubio is an electric performer who is a wizard witht he ball in his hands and one of the more lethal passers in the game already. Kevin Love is a great rebounder and a developing scorer who seems to add something new to his game every summer. Nikola Pekovic was a find and a burly rebounder to go next to Love so that Love could develop a 3-point shot.
Adding Russian forwards Alexey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko have also been great moves. They have had great individual seasons and seem to fit the kind of up-and-down team David Kahn always envisioned.
Yet, none of it has worked out.
Since Kahn took over in the summer of 2009, the Wolves have only flirted with the Playoffs while dealing with one disaster after the next. There was the whole Rubio saga as he stayed in Spain for two years with Jonny Flynn, taken one pick after Rubio, floundering in his stead (Stephen Curry meanwhile was still on the board).
There was Ke...