MINNEAPOLIS — As a longtime baseball writer, I frequently heard stories about Alex Rodriguez. Some involved steroids. Some involved arrogance. All were unflattering.
As a longtime observer of Minnesota sports, I am about to say something I never before could have imagined myself or anyone saying:
Alex, please come to Minnesota and take charge.
Please clean up the mess that is the Minnesota Timberwolves. And hurry.
If ever an organization needed PEDs — performance enhancing directors — it is the Timberwolves.
On Wednesday, the Wolves fired basketball boss Gersson Rosas. The firing appears to be just. Rosas created a toxic workplace. He may be the basketball version of former Wild general manager Paul Fenton — qualified to judge player talent, unqualified to run an organization.
This is where we could run the full list of Timberwolves' embarrassments, but you've seen it all before. So let's just look at the last six people hired to run the Wolves' basketball operation:
David Kahn. Flip Saunders. Milt Newton. Tom Thibodeau. Scott Layden. Rosas.
Kahn was the worst hire in Minnesota sports history. He was an embarrassment. He knew less about basketball than the average fan and was worse at running an organization than he would have been running a pick-and-roll.
Saunders was a quality hire, especially if we're grading on the Timberwolves curve.