Monthly Archives: September 2012

Top Wolves Questions Heading Into Training Camp, Part II

Can Brandon Roy take over as the Wolves’ closer?

With training camp just around the corner, there are a bunch of top-level questions that remain unanswered as October 2nd approaches. There’s been a ton turnover on the roster, and many players’ roles are anything but clear. Long story short, the team’s success this season will likely hinge on the answers.

In part 2 of a two-part series, I look at the ten questions I think are most important heading into the 2012-13 season. The countdown, from #5 – #1, is below the fold.

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Top Wolves Questions Heading Into Training Camp, Part I

What will David Kahn do next??

With training camp just around the corner, there are a bunch of top-level questions that remain unanswered as October 2nd approaches. There’s been a ton turnover on the roster, and many players’ roles are anything but clear. Long story short, the team’s success this season will likely hinge on the answers.

In a two-part series, I look at the ten questions I think are most important heading into the 2012-13 season. More below the fold.

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Going back to Cali…

… to Cali, to Cali, I’m going back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali…I think so.

But sans Kangol.

And just for the weekend.

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Positional Battles

photo by David Sherman/NBAE (via espn.com)

It strikes me that even if Hassan Whiteside becomes a Timberwolf in the coming days, the playing roster is probably complete.  It also strikes me that there is far from a clear-cut starting lineup, or even playing rotation.  Rick Adelman does not strike me as a coach who worries about going deep into his bench to appease reserve players.  At least not in big games when he’s coaching his best teams.  Before speculating about this year’s rotation, let’s look back at last year’s:

Point Guard – Ricky Rubio (34.2 minutes per game)
Shooting Guard – Luke Ridnour (33.0 minutes per game)
Small Forward – Wesley Johnson (22.6 minutes per game; 64 starts)
Power Forward – Kevin Love (39.0 minutes per game)
Center – Nikola Pekovic (26.9 minutes per game)

Reserve Guard – J.J. Barea (25.2 minutes per game)
Reserve Wing – Martell Webster (24.3 minutes per game)
Reserve Forward – Michael Beasley (23.1 minutes per game)
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Increase the age minimum… and form a separate league.

What does an NBA age minimum and Allen Iverson’s unemployment have to do with one another? Potentially make for some interesting basketball played outside the NBA. This is more a #hoopidea than a likely reality, but it seems like it could solve two problems at once. Continue reading

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Coming to a Theater Near You

September is a dead month in the NBA.  The draft is barely visible in the rear view mirror, Vegas League has come and gone, and the vast majority of free agents have found new places to call home.  The biggest daily news in the NBA is probably ESPN’s #NBARank update.  With that in mind, it’s worth mentioning with a brief post that there are some kickass movies about to hit theaters.  If you’ve been watching movies this year, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been a pretty underwhelming one at the box office.  The two best that I’ve seen are probably Ted, which was basically an extra-long and not animated episode of Family Guy, and Batman, which has taken its share of abuse from critics.  But these below look better.  P.T. Anderson, the best living director, has a doozy coming out that is likely to bring home the bacon at the Oscars.  That is, unless Quentin Tarantino or Daniel Day Lewis has something to say about it.  Anyway, here’s a few that we’ve marked on the calendar.

Lincoln

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tommy Lee Jones
Release: November 9, 2012 Continue reading

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