Interview with a Timberwolves fan on the 2023 NBA season

By: Caden Kipfmueller

The 2022-2023 Timberwolves basketball season has been a tumultuous one to say the least, with increasing chemistry issues and fan backlash following the trade for Rudy Gobert this past offseason. The Wolves have had their fair share of issues, but they still managed to make the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Denver Nuggets in five games. While I am not personally a Timberwolves fan, I recently had the opportunity to interview one. He’s attended a large number of games this season, including all of their home playoff games, so it is fair to say that he is a big fan.

Q: Who has been your favorite player this season and why?

A: Anthony Edwards because he is one of the best young players in the league and he will lead the Wolves to at least one championship in the next few years. For his age, his stats line up with the best ever.

Q: Who has been your least favorite player this season and why?

A: McLaughlin, I like the guy and he has had good years but he has been in a pretty bad slump. He hasn’t made a basic layup in ages and has only gotten worse since the play in. I was at a Lakers game late in the season and he kept trying to shoot Kareem-like floaters over Lebron like an idiot. He’s the shortest guy in the NBA, so why does he think he can take those shots?

Q: What are your thoughts on the Timberwolves’ new City Jerseys?

A: I think it makes zero sense because they use so many random shades of colors that are not Wolves’ colors. We should be black, blue, green and white. Their justification for the red was that it’s the red from the wolves’ tongue, but I think that is stupid.

Q: Overall, do you think this season has been a success or a failure?

A: Definitely a success and the best one we’ve had in a long time. The Timberwolves aren’t good normally so it is nice to make the playoffs for a change.

Q: Do you agree with the Timberwolves’ decision to trade for Rudy Gobert last season?

A: I like that we tried for him but we gave up too much. However, Gobert has been very necessary and is the only reason we don’t collapse defensively especially right now with two bigs out. He gets booed even after being clutch and putting up clutch double doubles which is stupid. People need to stop whining about the trade.

Q: How bright is the Timberwolves’ future in the next five years?

A: It will come down to what we do with all the free agents. We have the potential to be better than this year for sure, but we just can’t focus on rebuilding.

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