The invisible sports franchise

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota’s most forlorn sports franchise, fired coach Randy Wittman today, according to reports, and put the man most responsible for the team’s collapse — Kevin McHale — back in charge as head coach.

How tough are things for the Timberwolves? Since you’re smart enough to find your way to News Cut on a regular basis, I’m assuming you’re familiar with Wikipedia, and the nature by which the online encyclopedia is updated by people who pride themselves on being the first to add new nuggets of information to a listing within seconds of its occurrence.

Here’s a section of the Wikipedia listing for the Minnesota Timberwolves:


Not only had Wittman’s firing not been added (as of 12:17 p.m.), but not a word of any aspect of the current season had been added. The section on the team’s “rebuilding” had not been updated in 14 months. No mention was made of the Timberwolves rookie draft last year, even though the team had the #3 overall pick (which McHale botched by trading it).

McHale is holding a 2 p.m. news conference, which could have a high entertainment value.