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Ann Bauleke, October 17, 1990
[Tom] Kelly doesn't have a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality; there's not that much upside.
David Brauer, April 8, 1992
"The front office was giving me heat about getting a computer," says coach Rick Stelmaszek. "And TK says, 'Well, we won two world championships with a legal pad; what's wrong with that?' So that was the end of the theory about electronic computers and stuff like that."
Britt Robson, August 14, 1996
[I]t's one thing for a scout to identify with the players; it could mean trouble [for Terry Ryan] as a general manager. Particularly when the field manager is Tom Kelly, whose idea of developing talent is better applied to breaking horses than managing prospects....His approach has had repercussions for Ryan when it comes to draft selections fulfilling their promise.
Ann Bauleke, October 12, 1994
There's no longer any point in denying that Kelly has for the most part failed miserably in his dealings with promising young players, from top draft choices to consensus prospects. While he appears to genuinely relish pointing out that none of his hotshot whipping boys has gone on to any sort of success anywhere else, such a cruel notion misses the point that the development, or lack of development, of such major leaguers is ultimately Kelly's responsibility.
Brad Zellar, April 22, 1998
During the preseason, the media were given a "Minnesota Timberwolves Preview by Jimmy Rodgers."...[It read] "After being around the players over the summer, I realize this team has an excellent rapport. The Timberwolves have something else that impresses me: Talent."
Bullshit. Six weeks into the season, Rodgers had traded the Wolves' best player and was trying to peddle their second-best player too. So much for rapport. Throughout the season, in losses to even non-playoff teams such as Philadelphia, Sacramento, and Orlando, he cited the superior ability of his opponents as the reason for defeat. So much for talent.
Britt Robson, April 15, 1992
It's no surprise that Kevin McHale is the most popular person in the Timberwolves franchise. What's less apparent is that he is probably also the most powerful person in the organization right now...."If Kevin isn't the [general manager] next year, he'll handpick the guy who is," says one knowledgeable source within the organization.
Britt Robson, February 8, 1995
[T]he firing of Bill Blair is another sign that Kevin McHale takes no prisoners. The huge risk in drafting the high-schooler Garnett indicated that McHale didn't mind a little scrutiny. By dumping Blair just 20 games into the season and installing his protégé [Flip Saunders] in his stead, McHale has burned his scapegoat early....The most exhilarating thing about the sad and in many respects unjust dismissal of Blair is that the Wolves are being guided by someone who wants to be more than just a nostalgic hometown hero--someone determined to create a winner, or go down in flames trying.
Britt Robson, December 20, 1995
First there is Kevin Garnett. At 19 years old...he's got the stuff that can't be taught--extraordinary coordination for a person just an inch under seven feet tall, great peripheral vision and court awareness, and a burning desire to win.
Britt Robson, November 22, 1995
[I]t was no coincidence that Laettner's contributions gradually diminished as Garnett emerged....[Then] Laettner complained that there was too much individual-style basketball being played (something Laettner is also guilty of) and that "the rookies" should shut up (something Laettner never did as a rookie). The outburst was transparent: Laettner might just as well have pissed on the four corners of the court to mark his territory.
Britt Robson, February 28, 1996
Most obviously, the Wolves' troika of budding stars--in order of current value, Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta, and Stephon Marbury--are all healthy and playing with an unselfish maturity that synergizes their considerable talents....With contracts, injuries, and attitudes constantly churning the circumstances of the NBA, nobody really knows how long this situation will last, or how much better it can become. For now, it is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
Britt Robson, January 8, 1997
Asked point-blank last week if where he played was more important to him than how much he was paid, Marbury replied, "That's right." Coupled with the New York City native's comments last year about the relative demerits of the weather and social life in Minnesota (both of which are predominantly cold and white), logic would indicate that he's on his way out of town.
Britt Robson, February 3, 1999
There are those who would argue that it is foolhardy to give so much money to a 21-year-old kid who has yet to win a single playoff game. It is persuasive logic until you watch Kevin Garnett play. Put simply, it is hard to imagine a more inevitable superstar.
Britt Robson, October 15, 1997
Mike Veeck does not trust secrets...."The point in the speech where you can hear a pin drop in the entire room is right after I say I was a bed wetter until I was 13 or 14," Veeck says. "Because people know there is nothing worse. It changed my life....One day I decided I couldn't stand it anymore and I went and told everybody that I wet my bed. And I never wet my bed again. I think it was because it wasn't a secret anymore."