It’s not even the beginning of the preseason yet, so now is the perfect time to hear about how great your favorite team is going to be. Right now, everybody looks “as good as they’ve ever looked” with their “15 pounds of added muscle” and “explosiveness like back in their younger days.” Optimism is very high right now, as every team is expecting to improve and rough estimates place 10-13 teams in the playoffs in each conference. If you can’t get excited about your team right now, you’re probably a Bulls fan. And even they’re going to make the playoffs.

Ergo, it’s not surprising that Kevin Love would say a lot of good stuff about the Timberwolves. However, when you read it, it’s hard not to get super pumped up about the Timberwolves. From the Portland Tribune:

“It will be a big surprise to me if we didn’t make a huge leap this year and make it to the playoffs,” the Lake Oswego native told me Wednesday. [...]

“We’re going to have a chance to be very good,” Love said. “We’re hoping Brandon can stay healthy through 82 games. Kirilenko is a big addition. Shved hopefully is going to be a big deal for us.

“We’ll have more firepower in terms of veterans. Brandon and Andrei will help our locker room and on the court. It will make Coach Adelman’s job a lot easier.

“If everything is put together, if Ricky comes back healthy, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Yeah, the Timberwolves! Let’s do it!

Sure, Kevin Love mentions that the team needs two guys to be healthy, one who had a medical retirement a year ago and another coming off a blown-out knee, but still. And sure, even Kevin Love has to throw in a “hopefully” when bigging up Alexey “Whiskers” Shved, but still. And sure, he’s only hoping to make the playoffs and not even really do anything beside that, but still. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius the Timberwolves and I feel like you should be very, very thrilled about this if you’re one of their fans.

And I would say now is the ideal time to be excited, since once the season starts all of the “ifs” Kevin Love is describing are going to come true and the Timberwolves will have a bunch of guards who either have no knees or can’t do anything in the NBA. But this very moment, it’s good to be a Timberwolves fan.