It’s been, to put it lightly, a miserable season for the New York Knicks. The arrivals of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher did nothing to improve the team — if anything, it made them worse. Carmelo Anthony, fresh off a max extension, is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and the rest of the team is a dumpster fire.
The only good thing about the Knicks’ season is that they’re so bad they could land Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor or D’Angelo Russell in this year’s draft, provided the lottery balls bounce in their favor.
The season has been only slightly better for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins, almost certainly the rookie of the year, looks like he’ll be the superstar most thought he could be. Zach Lavine is, if nothing else, fun, and Ricky Rubio is actually pretty good now.
Despite all of this, the Timberwolves are still one of the worst teams in the league, riddled by injuries, a roster with a ill-fitting mix of young players and veterans in hopes of making the playoffs this year, and a head coach who still isn’t convinced about the value of the three pointer.
So when you see Andrew Wiggins execute a perfect spin move, only to get swatted by Cole Aldrich, only for that block to land in the waiting hands of Chase Budinger, who then shoots a wide-open air ball, all you can do is shake your head in pity, because it’s been that kind of year for both of these teams.
(Via The Cauldron)