Well, maybe. I'm continuing my series of NBA Previews, but focusing on teams that I think will surprise people. This one is actually a reader request:
The Minnesota Timberwolves have improved quite a bit this season compared to last year. Much of that can be attributed to Ricky Rubio, some of it to the improved play of Nikola Pekovic, and surely a great portion of the credit belongs to Rick Adelman, mostly through virtue of the fact that he's allocating minutes differently. But the very fact that Adelman is willing to reduce the playing time of underperforming players with large contracts (NO_SUCH_PLAYER(Darko Milicic, Michael Beasley) has me mystified about one thing: why does Weley Johnson ever play, much less start?
It's easy to get more excited about the Timberwolves than a rational person would; they have what looks like an easy pick for rookie of the year in Rubio (actually Leonard is just about as good but I'll wager a lot of money that he's not going to even be in the top 5 in votes), and arguably the game's best power forward in Kevin Love (if he'd only stop whining).
No, I'm not talking about their employment. We've all grown up with the idea that "quitting" or "giving up" is something bad that only losers do. But I think we could all learn from some basic economic principles that quitting is often the smartest thing you can do.