HOW BOUT THEM
Alexey Shved! What a comeback! I was at my wits’ end in that 3rd Quarter when the barrage of Brooklyn bombs rained down from three-point land and the Wolves couldn’t get a stop to save their life. This bit of resignation sums it up best:
Let’s take it from the top…
Don’t worry, no Invisible Obama here.
The Good – Andrei Kirilenko
This was exactly the type of performance we hope to see from AK47. The energetic Russian was all over the floor, putting together a vintage across-the-board stat line of 17 points (on 6-7 shooting) 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal.
Beckley Mason piqued my interest with this tweet today:
The gamblers released their over/unders for win totals. According to his tweet, they were hating on Golden State. (That line has since moved to 35.5 wins — and maybe even more by the time you click on that link.) Even though I too expect more of the Warriors than 35 wins, I was more interested in my own team, the Wolves. They opened at 39.5 wins. That moved up to 40.5 at the time I am writing this. In other words, you’re going against Vegas to bet on the Wolves to finish .500. Continue reading
In the NFL Draft, they call it Mr. Irrelevant. In your Timberwolves Season Ticketholder draw, it’s the preseason game versus Maccabi Haifa.
Last year’s Timberwolves had a problematic pairing of statistics describing its three-point shooting prowess. The first statistic is 21.6. That’s the average number of three-point shots attempted by the Wolves in a game. That’s kind of a lot; good for 6th most in the entire league. It’s nearly double the number of treys attempted by playoff teams like the Jazz and Grizzlies. Only one team (Orlando) shot considerably more treys per game than this. The second statistic is 33.2. That’s the Wolves’ three-point shooting percentage. It isn’t very impressive; tied for 23rd in the league. There are many reasons why three-point shooting is a necessary weapon for the Timberwolves. One, Ricky Rubio excels at delivering awesome passes to open perimeter shooters. Two, Pekovic is a load in the paint and should attract defenders down low, welcoming jump shots for his teammates. And three, the Wolves are not a team with jaw-dropping athleticism that will consistently win games by slashing to the bucket. In order to be an efficient offense, they’ll need to be somewhat prolific from downtown. In Part I of a series on the Wolves Offense, I investigate the three-pointing shooting issue to see if things might look better in 2012-13.
Rick Adelman can thank David Kahn for the opportunity to coach Ricky Rubio. But what about the rest of this roster?
Let’s do a quick back of the envelope scorecard of David Kahn’s performance.
Selecting Jonny Flynn over Steph Curry. Check.
Trading Ty Lawson. Check.
Selecting Wes Johnson over DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe. Double check.
Hiring Kurt Rambis. Check.
Long-term contract for Darko Milicic. Check.
Each move was, as the saying goes, an “epic fail.” And each is solely attributed to David Kahn, Timberwolves POBO.
Kahn has become something of a sports management sensation, not only for surviving these blunders, but for coupling them with public-speaking gaffes that have provided endless amounts of material for sportswriters and bloggers the world around. Continue reading
Expect more step-back jumpers and less poster dunks from B-Roy this year.
Brandon Roy gave an interview on NBATV where he discussed his new team and return from retirement. You could write most of the transcript without watching the video (“I feel great, the situation seemed right, yada yada…) but Roy said one thing that stuck out as a candid bit of truth. When discussing his current level of athleticism, Roy stated:
You know honestly, right now and all summer long, I’ve been preparing to not have to take a step back with my game. I’ll be honest; some of the lift isn’t quite what it used to be, but I think my explosiveness to get to the basket has been just as good. You know, more than anything I think I’m a lot smarter of a basketball player. I understand that the NBA season is long and my body isn’t what it used to be. But right now I feel great. Me and Coach Adelman are gonna sit down before the season and communicate throughout the year about how I’m feeling and what’s the best way to get the most out of me. Continue reading