MINNEAPOLIS This project is about more than basketball. It's about altering perspectives, about putting together something that warrants a shift in mindset.
On the morning of March 5, the Timberwolves were 19-19, and in the wake of the team's 17-65 season last year, that seemed great. Better than great, even, phenomenal. It wasn't phenomenal, though. That's the catch. It was average, barely better than mediocre, but after years mired in losing, it's easy to think that .500 is a lot more than it really is.
Kevin Love is in his fourth year in the NBA, his fourth with the Timberwolves. He's fiercely competitive, a dogged worker and one of the best players in the league. He expects the most out of himself. Yet on that morning before his team's 38th game, its record a solid .500, Love slipped.
"Things are great," Love said. "We're at .500."
Great, really? Great? It took Love just a split second, a pause no longer than a sharp breath, to realize what he'd said.
"I wouldn't say thin...