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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Minnesota entered last season with playoff aspirations, but finished with just 37 wins as the team was ravaged by injuries. Even though the T-Wolves had their largest win total in six years, president of basketball operations David Kahn wasn't retained at the end of the season. Kahn's tenure as the GM was much derided as he had some major misses in the draft (taking Jonny Flynn over Stephen Curry as Exhibit A) and often made bold statements in the media that looked dumb on their face, but he had managed to acquire a solid base of talent heading into last season and hired a coach in Rick Adelman that drew near universal praise.
But injuries wrecked Kahn's chance to make the playoffs as the T-Wolves lost lost 341 man-games to injuries last season. Ricky Rubio didn't return from the torn ACL in his left knee until mid-December and was finally set to play with Kevin Love for a full season, but Kevin Love broke his hand in early January and the duo played just two games together. The injuries didn't end there and became almost comical. Chase Budinger played just 23 games after a knee injury. Andrei Kirilenko missed 18 games. Nikola Pekovic missed 20 games. Reserves Josh Howard and Malcom Lee were lost to season-ending injuries early in the year. Brandon Roy wasn't able to come back from chronic knee issues and played just five games. Even head coach Rick Adelman missed three weeks