Lesson From Indiana: Wolves Fans Must Manage Expectations With Michael Beasley

July 11th, 2010 by Bluto West Leave a reply »
Minnesota Timberwolves fans must feel great right now, and with good reason.  Obtaining Michael Beasley while giving up just a second round draft pick seems almost too good to be true. 

Unfortunately, it may still be.

As a lifelong Indiana Pacers fan, I experienced a similar level of jubilation in early 2002. The Pacers, who were then full of talent but unable to push their record much higher than .500, dealt Jalen Rose and Travis Best to the Chicago Bulls for Brad Miller, Ron Mercer, Kevin Ollie, and Ron Artest.

I still remember reading the terms of the deal over and over again in the Indianapolis Star, trying to figure out what exactly the catch was here. Rose had been arguably the key ingredient that enabled the Pacers to win the Eastern Conference championship for the first time in their history during the 1999-2000 season.

But many Indiana fans, in their always intensely observant manner, had since labeled him as selfish on the offensive end and a sometimes lazy defender. Best was an adequate back up point guard, but was never going to be a good starter anywhere. And Best often drove fans crazy with his p ...

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