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Serotinal Musings

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Monday Night Football is playing its opening-weekend double header.  My hay fever is in full swing.  If I had kids, they’d be just starting their school year.

It’s late summer, the NBA’s dead zone, and we’re a full three weeks away from the start of training camp.  There isn’t a whole lot to kick around at Punch-Drunk Wolves.

But we’ll try our best.

Wolves Welcome Coach Bobby Jackson

The Timberwolves announced that former point guard, Bobby Jackson, was hired as a player development coach.  Phil Ervin has the story at FSN.  Local fans remember Jackson better as star Golden Gopher than reserve Timberwolf.  He was the dynamic point guard on the erased-but-not-forgotten 1997 Gophers squad that won the Big Ten.  Led by Jackson and Coach Clem Haskins, they also reached the Final Four; the first and only in school history.  Had Eric Harris not gotten hurt, they may have cut down the nets.

Jackson gave a short, but interesting, interview to Mark Remme of timberwolves.com.

It’s a learning experience for me.  How to draw up practices, how to draw up plays, how to run practices, how to manage players, watching [Rick Adelman] interact with players during game situations, everything’s a learning process.  Working out with the guys, helping develop them.  And also learning when not to work too hard, and when to shut it down a little bit.  So everything’s a learning experience for me because, again, I’m young.  I don’t know all the things yet.  I kinda got an idea how to be a coach, but I still got a lot of things I gotta work on to become a great young coach.

That’s pretty candid, isn’t it?

Jackson played a dozen seasons in the NBA.  Some of those were for the early-aughts Kings; one of the league’s best in the entire decade.  He’s 40 years old.  He’s already been an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.  On one hand, I think he’s short changing himself.  Clearly, he’s qualified to be an assistant coach at any level.  On the other, it’s refreshingly humble when compared to recent retirees, like Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd, who immediately landed head-coaching gigs without a lick of coaching experience.  Bobby Jackson, in that short interview anyway, seems geared up for a long career in coaching.

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After The Lottery: Where The Wolves Stand Now

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Is RubiOladipo in the Timberwolves future?

Trading Up: Should we? Can we? What would it take?

Patrick J: Rumor has it that the Timberwolves are looking to move up in the 2013 NBA Draft from their current position at #9.

What would this mean in practical terms? Key questions remain, about both the value that could be gotten from moving up, who the right choice would be given the Wolves’ needs, and what Minnesota would have to give up to do it.

The consensus is that Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore are the top two players in the draft. The Wizards would have a difficult time passing on Local Hero Otto Porter at #3. DX currently has Anthony Bennett going #4 to the Bobcats and Victor Oladipo going #5 to the Suns.

On moving up in the draft, Darren Wolfson reports the following:

“According to league sources, Saunders is a big fan of Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, and the only way to get him is to move up from the ninth-spot.”

Wolfson reports that the Charlotte Bobcats — currently slated to pick 4th — would be the Wolves target in a potential trade up.

That leads to a series of questions, namely, would the Bobcats give up the #4 to the Wolves, and what would it take? Also, would trading assets for Oladipo be a net positive for the Wolves, given the short-term time horizons of coach Rick Adelman?

(Eds. Note: An interesting sidebar to the Wolfson story is the following quote: “If the Wolves stay at No. 9, one league source predicts Saunders will take UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad. Word has it that the Wolves like him. But so does Detroit, and they pick one spot ahead of the Wolves.”)

Would the Bobcats take Derrick Williams and the #9 pick for the #4, which could buy the Wolves Oladipo?

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