As a courtesy to Alan Horton, radio voice of the Timberwolves, I’m not going to add up the team’s winning percentage during his 14 full seasons plus 22 games this year calling games.
Suffice to say, given that the Wolves have only had a winning record and made the playoffs once during that time, there are more losses than wins.
Horton rarely lets that seep into his work. And on the occasion that he does — Ed Malloy! — it feels appropriate. As the singular voice working on Wolves radio broadcasts, Horton is a pro.
He joined Friday’s Daily Delivery podcast to revisit his path to Minnesota, his favorite moments, his optimism for this season and, yes, his most memorable moment on the mic.
After a decade calling various sports in various locations, Horton landed the Wolves job in 2007 not long after Kevin Garnett was traded. A lot of lean years followed.
“It makes it more difficult. And there is a balance. You don’t want to be so tied to the team that if the team doesn’t do well you’re down in the dumps and in a funk and you can’t get excited about things,” Horton said of calling games when a team is losing the vast majority of them. “But if you detach yourself from the team, you lose some of the passion and that connectivity to the team that the fans want you to have. … Your…