T-Wolves relishing best season ever

The T-Wolves' recent surge has made everyone forget -- at least for the moment -- about the team's past failures.

Updated: January 23, 2004, 11:17 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
A little more than $72 million in payroll and 41 games later, the Minnesota Timberwolves are all giggles.

"You know how, before the teacher gets in the classroom, somebody's picking a fight, paper airplanes going here, somebody's in the bathroom, a girl and a guy in the coat closet kissing, lots of messing around?" Kevin Garnett said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Then the teacher comes in, everybody settles in, they're focused. Teacher starts the lesson and the day goes on.

"We come in, we're cracking jokes, we're wrestling, talking trash. Flip comes in, coaches come in, settle us down, ready to play, focused in and we go out and get a 'W'."

Even if it means those same power forwards and guards and centers, injured or not, are going to cost the team at least $15 million in luxury-tax fines as the fourth-highest paid team in the league?

"But I knew that before we went in," owner Glen Taylor said. "I knew that because of the contract we have with Kevin this year, so I'm not complaining. It's where I'm at. I think after this year, we'll get out of the tax."

But what about this year?