Minnesota Timberwolves: On the brink of collapse?

All right, let's face it. The Timberwolves are awful.

Statistically, they're one of the worst teams in the NBA. And ever since Kevin Garnett left, we haven't seen a whole lot to give us hope that they're getting any better.

But, aside from their terrible on-court returns, could the franchise itself be on the verge of collapsing? According to one news analysis: yes.

The Delaware-based news analysis site 24/7 Wall St. published a story this week looking at sports teams most likely heading for the Great Beyond. The Wolves made the No. 2 spot. Here are a few key points from the post:

  • 10-year change in attendance: -12.88% (sixth biggest decline in NBA)
  • W-L record 10 years: 339-481 (sixth worst in NBA)
  • Operating income (2010): -$7 million
  • Year founded: 1989
  • Value: $264 million (second least valuable in NBA)
  • The story also points out that the Wolves haven't made it to the playoffs in seven consecutive years, and the lockout doesn't exactly bode well for the eighth.

    So when you put it that way, yes, things don't look great. But we're still not convinced that the Timberwolves are on their way out. After all, we still have Kevin Love.

    Love was recently ranked the 16th best player in the NBA by ESPN. And that's in addition to being a fantastic Tweeter.

    So we pose the question to our readers: Is there hope for the Timberwolves?

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