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How Sustainable Success Affects Minnesota's Basketball Fan Culture

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At a recent press conference, Karl-Anthony Towns said this year was a “championship or bust” for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He agrees that wolves should aim for the championship, but I think the spirit of “championship or bust” is unrealistic at this point in their journey. Since the wolf joined the association in the 1989-90 season, only three teams, the 1989-90 Detroit Pistons, the 2003-04 Pistons, and the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors, have won the title without a player who previously won the MVP. is.

Kawhi Leonard is on the Raptors list, finishing second and third in MVP voting in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Ben Wallace finished in the top 10 in the Pistons MVP vote for three consecutive seasons before the Detroit championship took place. The 1990 Pistons was a special case. Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, and even Adrian Dantley won MVP votes throughout the 80’s. Thomas performed best and finished fifth in 1984.

I know that historical analysis isn’t completely predictable, but I think it’s useful because it exists until the pattern breaks. This pattern suggests that the team needs MVP level players to win the championship. Rudy Gobert has a few fans who have given late-voting MVP votes, but he doesn’t fully meet the criteria. So when it comes to the Minnesota Timberwolves “championship or bust,” KAT doesn’t have to worry about the pressure until he or Anthony Edwards wins the MVP.

Anyway, the wolf is in a very good position for the foreseeable future. The team is being prepared for a type of success that hasn’t been seen in the city since Kevin Garnett wore a wolf jersey. For the first time, that is. However, with KG, the team’s success was only achieved by participating in the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Do wolves today maintain success in a way that no group has in the history of the franchise? If so, how do wolf fans handle that type of legitimacy?

It was very cool to see the wolves playoffs last season. Timberwolves wasn’t cool for a long time, so I especially used the word cool. In fact, wolves have spent much of the last two decades incredibly uncool. The team was bad. The uniforms were ugly, and the constant sales of the roster left many fans hopeless. But of course, the situation is different now.

As you move around the city, you’ll see more and more wolf gear. More hats, jerseys, T-shirts. We’ve seen Jakegraph transform from Twitter’s niche Timberwolves meme account to the very popular Wolves apparel brand. His equipment is located in the target center as much as a team store jersey.

For the first time in the history of my Timberwolves fandom, the wolf that is How nice.this cooling Not a little thanks to Edwards. He soon became a favorite of the entire league. His calmness, self-confidence, stupidity, and incredible athleticism have driven him to an early star status. I work in elementary school, but I like to keep track of who the most popular NBA players are by asking their kids what players they like. Over the years, Jamal Crawford was the only Timberwolves player I’ve heard everyone mention as their favorite. Now more and more kids are saying that their favorite player is Anthony Edwards. This is all the proof I need that this city thinks Ali is the coolest.

But not all the coolness of the world is the same as success in court. Tim Connelly has added Gobert to his mix to ensure that winning basketball boosts Ant’s energy. Gobert is not known as a particularly cool player, but he is very good at basketball. Ali can maintain the cool status of the Timberwolves himself, but few players can carry the same weight on the basketball court. The wolf’s success may depend on the ascension of the ants, but the foundation is put together by the people around him. After all, nothing is cooler than winning a game. Gobert intends to help wolves win many games over the years to come.

All of this wouldn’t have arrived anymore. New ownership has taken over the wolf and fans are hungry for competitive basketball. Last season, the target center became a noisy arena. People in Minnesota packed the stands in a normally quiet and unpretentious place to take root for the winning basketball team, who they thought they would never meet again. The franchise is disastrous after Jimmy Butler’s blunder, Andrew Wiggins’ deal (which resulted in the wolf sending a seventh pick to the Golden State Warriors), and ownership dismissing Gerson Rosas from the front office. I started to feel like I was in a difficult situation.

Still, the wolf was able to withdraw from the mud and emerge as a legitimate force at the Western Conference. Sure, this roster hasn’t played basketball for a minute yet, but there’s a sense of the organization that they haven’t been turned around by a team of old wolves. The city itself seems ready to accept future success. The fans lay down waiting for the team to succeed. They are ready to make a call in the darkness of Twittersphere.

The wolf has put together the candidates, so look for a louder target center every night this season. Minnesota is desperate for a successful franchise. Even if wolves can’t win everything, lasting victories make a lot of sense for the city. With Ant and KAT as the faces of the franchise, the elements for Minnesota to have an NBA team that can lag behind are finally complete.