McHale is NOT the Best GM in Sports
Forbes.com recently released its list of the top General Managers in all of sports. The article ESPN.com wrote about this can be found here.
Basically, Forbes looked at the four major sports and tried to pick out the best GM. Their criteria were two fold. First, they looked at how each team performed prior to the arrival of their current GM and compared it to how they performed with their previous GM. Second, they looked at how each team’s payroll compares to the league median. The first criterion was weighted twice as important since winning is the ultimate measure of success.
After all of the numbers were crunched, Kevin McHale, the GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves, emerged as the best there is. What a joke! This is why Forbes should never try to report information relating to sports. Ever.
McHale should not even be in the top 10. The data is skewed because the Timberwolves were absolutely horrible before he took over. Now that they are average, it seems like he had something to do with it. A guy named Kevin did have something to do with it, but that is Kevin Garnett.
If anything, McHale should be looked at as one of the worst GM’s in sports for not putting the right pieces around KG. Garnett is an unbelievable talent, and I think it’s McHale’s fault that the Wolves haven’t been able to make a serious title run during the Garnett era. They had a little something going with Sam Cassell and Latrell Spreewell, but that got broken up. Now they are sinking back into mediocrity.
Forbes could have randomly selected a GM and been more on target than they were with McHale. I don’t know who the best GM out there is, although Jerry Angelo, Billy Beane, Joe Dumars, Brian Cashman, and even Jerry Jones come to mind, but I know that it definitely is not Kevin McHale.