Brad Beal’s set to blow up in The District
Andy G and I are starting a series on players you’ll be watching for one reason or another this season on League Pass.
Here’s the first installation: Rookies you’ll want to watch on League Pass, and why you/I will be watching them. The first team is below the fold.
(Eds. Note–Andy G’s colleague knew that he’s a diehard Wolves fan and gave him a retro pack of Wolves basketball cards from 1990. What better time than NFL training camp to look back at some familiar faces?)
Basic Bio: Born in 1960, Lake City, Minnesota. Played at University of Minnesota before 11 NBA seasons.
Wolves Career: Played three seasons from 1989-92. Averaged double-figures on inaugural, Musselman-led Wolves team that most would say overachieved by winning 22 games.
Hoops Highlight: Breuer is a high school legend in Minnesota, where he led his Lake City Tigers to consecutive state championships. He still holds the state tournament scoring record with a whopping 38 points per game.
Random: Breuer used to, and probably still does, host a golf tournament in Zumbro Falls; a fundraiser for the local fire department. I played in it one year, as it’s near my old hometown. He’s tall. (Listed at 7’3″ and looks every bit of it in person.)
If you’ve got any Randy Breuer stories, share in the comments.
For a few reasons, I wanted to share some background on this blog and its two authors. After writing endless chains of Wolves-related emails back and forth, Patrick J and I decided to start Punch-Drunk Wolves in the middle of last year’s lockout. (These have since been incorporated into our INBOX series and still tend to be our favorite posts to write.) Like many of you, we’re old hands over at Canis Hoopus. I’ve always gone by “Andy G” on internet blogs; Patrick J doesn’t always comment, but when he does, he goes by “Shogun”—at least over at CH. We’re longtime Wolves fans who became friends in basketball: I was a scrawny tenth grader and Patrick J was a senior big man on our high school’s varsity team circa 1999. We reconnected in 2007 when I was a law student in St. Paul and he was a grad student in the Bay Area and ended up bantering a lot about the Wolves.
That was a fork-in-the-road time for the Wolves, who were about to trade KG and drop below “NBA Purgatory” status for the first time in a decade. Hawks fans are experiencing this exciting uncertainty right now. (SPOILER ALERT: It isn’t as much fun as it might seem.) Pat introduced me to Britt Robson’s legendary (in a cult sort of way) blog at City Pages/The Rake that had these comment sections that would erupt into spirited-but-intelligent Twolves debates. Before that, I had only seen ESPN or Star Tribune-type comment sections full of insults and bad grammar. Britt’s blog, where he’d engage in hoop arguments with anybody ready, willing and able, struck me as the way ahead. When he took his talents to Sports Illustrated, the conversation quickly moved and rapidly expanded over at Hoopus, where it’s been going strong for years. After four years of email and comment-board writing, I thought it’d be fun to have my own blog. Patrick J was game; here we are.
Our “Authors” page is intentionally short on details. Continue reading
Free Darko blew up so big it got its own billboard
A while ago, I wrote a post about my top-5 favorite basketball books. I wanted to cap the list by going through my second-tier.
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In case ya hadn’t heard, Dwight Howard is headed to Tinseltown. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’Neal on the list of superstar centers acquired by the Lakers in the middle of their prime. A player as dominant as Dwight Howard, in a league devoid of great centers, certainly has a high trade value. (Sixth highest in the NBA according to Bill Simmons, back in March.) Orlando must’ve gotten a haul in return for Dwight… Right? Continue reading
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Andy G: Isn’t it a little weird that there hasn’t been much advancement (or any) in the shooting range of pro basketball players? Like, why aren’t there 10 or more current NBA players with the CHRIS KINGSBURY range? I ask because the Drazen Petrovic documentary (Eds note: see what I’m talking about at 1:47 versus Michael Jordan.) shows him bombing from 28 feet sometimes, and it looked like an effective strategy. Continue reading