Friday, February 23, 2007

McHale's message to fans

In between checking Lowpost and other sports sites, hoping that maybe I'd missed some late-breaking news regarding changes to the Wolves roster, I noticed the following email in my inbox addressed to season ticket holders from Kevin McHale.

Dear xxxxx,
As you are probably aware, the NBA's trading deadline passed today, and we did not make a trade. I can tell you that we were extremely active in calling teams around the league as we continue to look for ways to improve our basketball team. Myself, Jim Stack, Fred Hoiberg and Rob Babcock have been busy the past few weeks as we explored a number of trade scenarios. Unfortunately, there was a lack of movement around the league, with teams not willing to make changes.

Though our focus now shifts to making a strong second half push with our current roster, we will continue to hold discussions with other teams regarding moves that can be made at a later date to improve our club as we head into next season. With the final 28 games remaining in the regular season, our goal, as it always has been, is to make the playoffs.

Kevin McHale

According to sources of Marty Burns/, Chris McCosky/Detroit News, and Krista Jahnke/Detroit Free Press, the Wolves were looking for first-round draft picks for player/s whose last name wasn't Garnett. These are just rumors but if true, could very easily explain why no team was "willing to make changes."

While the above letter did make me laugh for a minute, it did nothing to alleviate the disappointment of a fan whose team sits well below .500 yet, while claiming its goal is to make the playoffs, does nothing to even tweak a roster with deficiencies so apparent that even Stevie Wonder can spot them.