After a long and hard-fought season, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a return to the NBA playoffs over the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. The T-Wolves finished the regular season with a record of 46-36, which was enough for them to clinch the 7th seed in the West.
Come playoff time, the Timberwolves played against the highly-rated Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. Although they ended up on the losing side, they still won two games in the best-of-seven series,
So clearly, there are many positives to take from the team's performance this season. Riding on that momentum, the franchise announced the hiring of their new president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly.
Connelly has high hopes for the team and recently answered a few important questions in an interview. Most notably, he was asked about the first impressions of the team's newest star, Anthony Edwards. Connelly quite literally had nothing but for the 20-year-old.
Via Star Tribune:
"I'm a fan, first and foremost, and I love everything about his approach, his game. I just love how sincere he is. He's always himself. He's just such a joy to watch play. He's a joy to watch be interviewed. He's a joy the way he interacts with his teammates, how much he smiles and how much he enjoys the game. I think it's our responsibility to make sure he never loses that, while also challenging him to be the guy we all know he can be. The guy can be as good as anybody in the world. That type of talent, he's certainly got the winning DNA that we're all looking for. So, I just don't want him to ever lose that joy. It's pretty special to watch a person who's that comfortable in his own skin. We can't skip steps to be an elite team. He can't skip steps to being an elite player. But there is no limit on what he can do. He can be the best player in the world."
That's some high praise for a young player. If the front office believes in him so much, it will give him confidence in his skill set and will try to perform even better next season.
As for Connelly's claims of Edwards potentially becoming the best player in the world, we will see about that after how he plays next season. He had a breakout year this season, but to be considered one of the best players in the world, he needs to repeat such performances year after year.