Kahn downplays Wolves/Knicks deal, plus: K-Love gets low
Jerry Zgoda at the STrib reports that David Kahn has called the Wolves involvement in the Carmelo Anthony deal “overstated”:
Translated, that means an ESPN report last weekend that the Wolves would send a first-round pick and Corey Brewer to Denver to receive Knicks little-used forward Anthony Randolph and accept Eddy Curry’s huge, expiring contract is too much to give.
Kahn also added the the Wolves have not been actively looking to trade Brewer, although he did make this strange little addendum:
Because Corey is in the last year of his deal and because many people like Corey’s ability and upside, we receive a lot of calls on him…Players are not like cars in a garage. You can’t keep accumulating cars, you can only have so many of them. There’s a balance act there and at the wing position; we’re probably too heavy there.
Which is basically saying that the Wolves are looking to trade him.
- At Hoopsworld, Anthony Macri has some good analysis of Kevin Love’s rebounding technique. Interesting stuff, if you’re into rebounding technique (and I know you are):
Success for Kevin Love is more dependent on his shoulder strength than his vertical jump. He uses the blade of his forearm (called his “arm bar”) to ward off other rebounders, and defensively he is able to hold players in place without using his hands (using an arm bar looks lot less like a foul than pushing or holding someone with palms). Like a martial artist who is averting strikes from his opponent, Love is happy to be engaged in a physical confrontation high while staying low and centered. A well-placed hip or knee leaning on the player he is engaged with prevents that player from playing above the rim, and the strength Love possesses in the upper body allows him to fight for balls he might not reach otherwise.
- Finally, look at this duck by Isaiah Rider. You can almost see that poor dude’s soul leaving his body.