A year and a day ago today, I did my first ever Q&A recap as a member of A Wolf Among Wolves. Monumental moment, I know. Tonight’s game was warranting of one; and, well, we were due for another, so here we go. You sent your questions, here are my answers.
@timfaklis Tell me your best Jazz song
— masakazoo (@masakazoo_min) March 31, 2016
My dad showed me this album when I was still in high school. Bennie Maupin played bass clarinet on Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, but has had a long, storied career otherwise. The title track has always been my favorite.
@timfaklis What's a guilty pleasure in your iTunes library no one knows about?
— Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) March 31, 2016
I’m usually pretty confident in my taste. That’s not to say that I think I have “better” taste than the next guy, because such a thing doesn’t exist. I’m just of the belief that guilty pleasures shouldn’t exist.
That said, I’ve always been hesitant to admit I’m a relatively big John Mayer fan. I think his guitar work on Continuum is stellar. I’M NOT ASHAMED!!!
@timfaklis do you like pineapple on pizza?
— Remy (6-9-1) (@Rem_Wah) March 31, 2016
Love it. Come at me, world.
My guess: nothing.
I can envision the world where they allow high schoolers to enter again, but I think there’s a lot of argument for the camp that wants to keep things the same. Between college education and the option to go play pro elsewhere (including the D League), the players have options, just not playing in the NBA as an 18-year-old out of high school.
@timfaklis If a terrorist gave Shabazz a ball that would explode if he did anything other than pass it, how bad would the body count be?
— CHSpanishInquisition (@SpanishInquisTW) March 31, 2016
If Ricky yelled and stomped at him loudly enough, and I believe he can), I think lives could be saved.
@timfaklis Is there more food to go around in the press room now that Andre Miller is gone?
— Ryan Lezer (@RyanLezer) March 31, 2016
Fun fact: I never eat in the media room pre-game. I should. The food looks outstanding. I’m saddened Chris Mannix didn’t ask Miller about this.
@timfaklis Why is Ronny Turiaf so much more awesome than Mark Madsen? Please include a list. Maybe a diagram too.
— Sara Wunderlich (@TaylorMade729) March 31, 2016
Between the constant engagement to any game, win or loss, the 7-three pointer game, the fact that Shaq had to buy him an entire wardrobe when he entered the league, and the following video, Mad Dog cannot be touched. Sorry, Ronny.
@timfaklis Can you use the word "atavistic" in a sentence? (Preferably about the Timberwolves)
— Brian Skinner (@gravity_levity) March 31, 2016
The atavistic selection of haltfime performers the Target Center books was epitomized by the Bell Biv Devoe performance tonight.
@timfaklis Is Batman v Superman a worse movie than Batman and Robin? Please cite your answer and show your work.
— Mitch Wegner (@EzioAuditorre19) March 31, 2016
This is Zach Harper territory. I have not seen Batman v Superman, but it would have to be impressively bad to beat out Batman & Robin (which I own). Best of luck to both participants.
@timfaklis how much wood, could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck, could chuck wood?
— Austin Cuka (@ManleyCuka) March 31, 2016
I would imagine a lot. I don’t catch much National Geographic. I’m sure they’ve covered it.
@timfaklis ever worry about what all the losses do to Rubio?
— The Boss (@beardybuddha) March 31, 2016
Honestly, no. they seem to make him hungrier, if anything. The losing is eating at him, but it isn’t making him lethargic. It’s making him want to work harder, put in extra time, and encourage his teammates more.
Sometimes, that gets overshadowed by the bad shooting performances, like tonight. But if you don’t notice the effort and passion he has every night, you aren’t watching closely enough.
@timfaklis Could UNC beat the Lakers, if D'Angelo Russell wore a go pro broadcasting a live stream the day of?
— Joliver (@jfo87) March 31, 2016
Ah, a timely tweet.
@timfaklis oatmeal or cream of wheat? Why do people go wild for free tshirts?
— jb (@jbhoopsfan) March 31, 2016
- Oatmeal (maple brown sugar) all day. This isn’t up for discussion.
- Steve covered this quite thoroughly earlier this year. Check out his great analysis here.
@timfaklis syrup. Fridge or pantry?
— Jonah Jordan (@_JonahJordan) March 31, 2016
Pantry. Cold syrup on hot waffles is gross.
You may think this goes against my “peanut butter in the fridge is correct” opinion, but you’re wrong. You’re wrong.
@timfaklis how can Taylor's decision to extend Newtons interim tag possibly be a good decision?
— Don Kuster (@DonKuster) March 31, 2016
Here’s how, trying to look from the owner’s POV, I can rationalize it: It’s tough to truly know what Newton can do as an executive in this league, but his credentials lead themselves to getting an opportunity at some point with some team. the circumstances that led to both Newton and Mitchell getting new jobs was tragic, but here we are.
So, this will be Milt’s chance. Maybe the higher-ups (aka Taylor) has been impressed with what he’s seen from Newton this year, and now he’s got the job.
Thanks, all. Now, as promised, here’s a song.