Some Wolves still fantasy-worthy

Updated: January 14, 2008, 5:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
This is how it happens. There's a bad trade or two, free agents don't come calling, and key injuries spring up. This is how a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves goes from bad to truly awful, and why the name Fred Carter gets mentioned.

The Timberwolves aren't good at all, which is not breaking news, but did you think people would be discussing this team in the same breath with the worst teams of all-time, including those memorable 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the team that has defined ineptitude, winning 11 percent of its games, going 9-73?

There are, of course, a number of reasons why the Timberwolves stink, bad enough to have a total of five wins in mid-January and a current 14-game road losing streak heading into Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors. The Kevin Garnett trade to Boston wasn't going to help the team short-term, that's for sure. The goal is to lose, in a way.