What put a ceiling on KG’s team success in Minnesota wasn’t his frontcourt partner - it was the fact that Minnesota failed to get a perimeter closer and go-to player. That’s what KG got in Boston, with Pierce and Ray. (biggest mistake by Wolves management pre-WCF run: letting Billups go to Detroit in Free Agency after averaging 22–6–5 in the 1st round of the playoffs, and instead relying on guys like Wally Szczerbiak and later, Troy Hudson).
Lastly, a small nit to pick: Instead of using Spud Webb and Terry Porter as examples of KG’s link to the past, it would have been better writing to use Sam Mitchell. Sam soon turns 53 and he was KG’s gray-haired HEAD COACH last season. (albeit interim, due to Flip’s passing).