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Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:07 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 9:09 am
Posted by Royce Young

When one regime turns over to another whether it be in sports, politics or something in between, often times during that introductory speech, the new figurehead preaches transparency. It's a fun word to toss around and it definitely makes you sound like you mean business.

When you're being transparent, you're being honest. You're being forthright. You're being clear in your message. There's no spin. There's no lying. And most importantly, there's no withholding pertinent information.

But can anyone really be transparent?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are proclaiming that's their mission. They made that pledge to fans in a full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Monday, using words like "transparency" and "brutal honesty." For example:

"We now have more shooting, athleticism and depth at every position, which will make us a better team this season. So will we challenge for the NBA championship this year? Not likely. Ouch. This honesty thing is a bit painful. But the reality is, we still need that one dominant player."

I don't know if that's so much honesty as it is common knowledge. I don't think any Wolves fan out, even the most borderline insane ones, would really believe they have the pieces to contend for a championship. Another prime section:

"There’s been a lot of talk this off-season. The naysayers certainly have been vocal. And while we can understand a certain amount of skepticism, we know we’ve turned the corner. And we’re anxious to get after that first tipped ball so we can start to prove it. Enough talk. It’s time to play. Oh, wait. We forgot to talk about Rubio. Next time. "

You've got to give them credit for at least mentioning Rubio. But what exactly are they going to "prove" this year? I thought they just got done explaining how this is a process and that they might not really be any better.

But what would this ad be without a bit of actual advertising.

"We are confident, however, that this team will be exciting to watch. For the first time in years Wolves fans are going to fell like they’re missing out if they aren’t in the arena. So in addition to player development we’re working hard on fan development, starting with variable pricing and Flex Pack ticket packages that let you pick the games and seats that you want. The bottom line for fans is: We’re making it easier than ever for you to be part of our turnaround."

Translation: Please come to our games. Please. We're young! We're fast! We're going to run! We may stink, but darn it, we might be exciting!

What the Wolves did is smart. They are trying to beat people to the punch. Basically, in a full-page ad they admitted to their fan base that they are going to stink. Why else do it?

It's a different kind of PR. It's the kind where you try and turn yourself back as the good guy by admitted that you've done wrong. But you're fixing it. You're committed to making things better. And we're going to do it by keeping you informed, by being transparent. It's a major part of what Barack Obama promised when he took office. We're going to be honest with the people.

The Wolves are trying to regain the faith of their fan base. Most questioned the moves over the last 18 months or so, so this is an effort to build back some trust. Interesting approach if anything else.

But if they were actually being brutally honest as they claim, they wouldn't say things like, "Will we challenge for the NBA championship this year? Not likely." They'd say, "Will we make the playoffs? Not likely. Will we win 30 games? Not likely. Heck, will we win 20? Umm... hopefully. Will we maybe be good in three years? For the sake of our employment, we're saying yes." Now that's honesty.
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:53 pm

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

So you use Barack Obama as a comparison, with all the BS in Washington and the lies from him as well as other politicians from both sides of the aisle do you really think that is a fair comparison to what the Wolves did?
Please stick to sports and leave the lieing to the politicians in the State houses and DC.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:51 am

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

I can say with all sincerity that yes, I could GM that team better.

Dude, of course. Freddy Blassie managed some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the great sport of wrastlin.

He was a master at antagonizing the crowd, and inspired legendary animosity.

Among the men he managed were Nikolai Volkoff, Blackjack Mulligan, High Chief Peter Maivia, "The Crippler" Ray Stevens, Adrian Adonis, Jesse Ventura, Dick Murdoch, The Iron Sheik, Swede Hanson, Killer Khan, George 'The Animal' Steele, Professor Tanaka, Mr. Fuji, Victor Rivera and Hulk Hogan. Blassie also managed Muhammad Ali in his boxer vs. wrestler match in 1976 against Antonio Inoki.

so yeah, he has an eye for talent.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:12 am

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

Transparency and honesty - Whew, for a minute there I thought this article was going to be about the Vikings.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:26 am

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

Not that anyone cares.... but notice the only MN team missing from my faves is the TWolves?  Theres a reason.  That team has been so grossly mismanaged for 10 or 15 years now it pretty much made me stop watching basketball all together.  Its just a joke year after year.  load up with PF/C and SG/SF....  I can say with all sincerity that yes, I could GM that team better.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:03 am

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

They ARE actually a lot deeper than last year.  I don't really see Kahn's vision, but I will be interested to see what his collection of players will do... for a few weeks at least.  Kevin Love is a unique talent, and , as a MN fan, I hope Wesley Johnson is the unheralded lottery star that we never get.  The key here is Beasley.  He was pretty much universally considered to be the best talent in his draft until Rose blew up.  If he can grow up and blossom after experiencing NBA life for a few years (a la Jermaine O'Neal, Al Jefferson, Al Harrington, Danny Granger), he could be THE guy we build around.  Best case:  Beasley is a star forward, Love is the all-star center/ power forward, Johnson works out, we draft another good player next year, and Rubio is all he is expected to be. 
PF-Love/ 2011 draft pick
C-Love/ 2011 draft pick

Add vets like Webster, Ridnour, Brewer, Flynn (trade bait), Darko (don't laugh, he looked like a great role player last year... but not the starter he will be this year), and I actually like the team in the next 5 years.

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:17 pm

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota

When does the NHL season start again?

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 8:28 pm

Transparency and honesty in Minnesota


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