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Our players aren’t featured on the team’s website, they can’t interact with management and now that our wunderkind has finally arrived from overseas, half the league is apparently headed from whence he came. But aren’t we excited now that the schedule is released?

Well, no.

Which is a shame, because it’s actually quite manageable. Only eleven games versus playoff teams in the first two months; immediate, yet conquerable challenges for Ricky Rubio (v. PHX 10/9, @ NJN 10/13 & v. MIL 10/16) and even a nationally televised matchup to boot (v. HOU 10/25, ESPN2). But knowing that the NBA & NBPA aren’t likely to resume bargaining until August, we face the reality that this is the only schedule that matters.

Well, that and Besiktas’.

Stay tuned, kids….

Depending on who you ask, marijuana isn’t particularly harmful. Sure it might lead to bouts with forgetfulness and exceeding one’s weekly calorie intake in a matter of hours, but all in all, Mary Jane isn’t regarded to be the life altering substance her powdery cousins are. However it is illegal and on the list of the NBA’s controlled substances. So Michael Beasley’s roadside encounter last week could prove to be disastrous for a fledgling career already teetering in the balance.

Though it’s still unclear whether a fines or suspension shall incur, there’s undoubtedly trouble waiting on the other end of this commercial break for the Beas. His talent and personality have carried him this far, but these repeated exhibitions of recklessness are making him a liability, whether by truth or perception. How much longer before this show is over?

 

 

 

 

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Say what you will of David Kahn-and we will-but the man is willing to confront his detractors. This afternoon, he took to the interwebz to chat with perhaps his biggest cynic, Bill Simmons.

Simmons himself has been criticized over the years for lambasting folks in print that he’s never willing to confront, so this exchange is fairly significant for both of them.

We’ll spare you the psychoanalysis this time and let you make the first judgment. Have a listen.

End of the tunnel

Myles Brown —  June 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

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Things are looking up. Again.

For all of the rampant speculation and conjecture that draft week brings, the results-even if unexpected-are always satisfying. There is no more blind chatter about what we want, only lucid assessments of what we actually have. Tonight, we have improved as a basketball team. Significantly.

Derrick Williams is now a Timberwolf and according to David Kahn, a Timberwolf he shall remain. Despite late rumblings that Enes Kanter would be the second draftee to shake Commissioner Stern’s hand, management went with the proven talent and the best available player; who in a year may prove himself to be the best overall. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, we have tomorrow to look forward to, where we’ll be able to get all up close and personal with Mr. Williams during his introductory press conference.

Our 20th pick, Lithuanian center, Donatas Motiejunas will be receiving the red carpet treatment elsewhere. Motiejunas was packaged along with the remains of Jonny Flynn in a deal for journeyman center Brad Miller, the 23rd pick, the 38th pick and a future first rounder. (Farewell, Jonny. We knew thee all too well.) Now Miller’s arrival may shed doubt on the development  of either Darko Milicic or Nikola Pekovic, but as my friend Chris told me, “That’s one of them good problems.” Only a miniscule amount of Miller’s contract is guaranteed and in the event that we keep him, we’ve inherited a defensive presence capable of holding down the post for 15-20 minutes a night.

From there, things got a bit confusing. Kahn traded to the 23rd pick to the Bulls for picks 28 & 43. Then he traded the 28th pick to Miami for the 31st and a future second rounder. Then the 31st was moved to New Jersey for a 2013 second rounder and cash. Just when our heads were about to stop spinning, Kahn gave the 38th pick back to Houston for more cash and somehow got the 57th pick from Dallas. In between all of that action, we actually did gain another player, Malcolm Lee, with the 43rd pick. Finally, we turned lucky no. 57 into Tanguy Ngombo.

It seemed as though the Wolves were attempting to kill two birds with one stone during this flurry of phone calls, and one of them was named Rambis. However, Kahn assured the collected media afterwards that the secured cash was not for our pseudo-coach’s buyout. Nonetheless, by using only one of our first round picks, we avoided the risk of cluttering our roster with more guaranteed contracts.

So hard as we may be on our P.O.B.O., he deserves congratulations for his work this evening. Another shrewd trade and within the span of one week, two of the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year. Well done, sir.

Now who’s going to coach them?

Inception

Myles Brown —  June 22, 2011 — Leave a comment

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The stage was quite literally set. A podium, dozens of chairs and several cameras all sat in the center of an arena he’ll be expected to fill. His family sat to the right of an impressive media gathering; his newfound fans perched behind them. The cameras flashed, the mics were on, he took his seat and the world watched.

Ricky Rubio hasn’t played a game yet, but he’s already been hailed as a savior and written off as a bust. It goes without saying that such chatter is premature. Only time will tell and the answer could be neither. But this morning our young man proved himself to be as graceful without a basketball as he is with one.

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We finally have our man. Well, boy. Whatevz.

Ricky Rubio’s flight from Spain arrived this afternoon, delighting a throng of fans, media and curious onlookers. The sixth Beatle smiled for the cameras, shook hands and signed autographs, before being whisked away with his family by David Kahn and Wolves PR. He will address the public tomorrow morning during a televised press conference live from Target Center and according to reports, he will also be in attendance at the Wolves draft party on Thursday, also held in Target Center.

But eventually, the man-wait, young man-will actually have to play basketball. There have been numerous reports of his early demise by analysts noting his unimpressive numbers in Spain, however considering that many of those folks have little understanding of the Euro game or Rubio’s role in it, we shouldn’t take them too seriously. I hope.

Instead, let’s have a look see at what our man Sebastian Pruiti has to say over at NBA Playbook. As expected, Pruiti provides his usual thorough breakdowns, this time highlighting Ricky’s pros: stellar pick and roll playmaking alongside strong defensive instincts- and cons: poor scoring with a side of shoddy post defense. Skeptic or not, it’s well worth the read.

Now this might be the sound of those screaming kids still ringing in my ears, but I’m feeling a twinge of excitement.

Update: He speaks!

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Our long local nightmare is over. Well, almost.

As tweeted this evening by KFAN’s Dan Barreiro  and confirmed by the ubiquitous Adrian Worjanowski, Ricky Rubio did indeed sign a contract with the Wolves yesterday. As always, the details were filled in by Mr. Jerry Zgoda over at the Star Tribune.

Rubio avoided a potential disaster by taking the guaranteed wages offered under a now expired labor agreement and his million dollar buyout with Regal Barcelona will be handled by the Wolves along with an assortment of local sponsors. Any remaining skeptics should be soothed once our Spanish sensation is introduced to the public later this month.

Now before ruining the party with questions of whether he’ll perform as advertised, we may have to say goodbye to a few friends. Is this the end of Jonny Flynn’s painful saga as a Wolf? Is Michael Beasley now an intriguing complement or a questionable influence?  Is a rapport with his new point enough to stay Kurt Rambis’ execution?

Regardless, Rubio’s arrival erases a particularly bothersome smudge on David Kahn’s resume and now our taskmaster is free to pursue his vision. Earlier this season, he assured us that there will be no more roster turnover, however this development may be the beginning of more changes. Good ones, perhaps.

But who knows what the future holds? It could be quite some time before we even see professional basketball in our fair Cities again. So if only for a moment, let’s live in the moment and bask in the warming glow of relevancy.

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Everyone enjoys a good story. Except David Kahn.

But before we go any further, let it be said that the man has a point. Abe Pollin’s widow and Dan Gilbert’s son weren’t ‘lucky’, they were pitiable. So much, in fact, that we couldn’t bear to watch life deal them another disappointment. Their tragedies were meant only to serve as a prologue to glory; for such is the magic of the draft lottery in David Stern’s NBA. Look, my heart is all aflutter just typing it.

But it does seem a bit too…neat, no?

Kahn however, is neither neat nor pitiable. Practically every statement he makes is assured to bewilder, provoke or offend. Whether it be an acknowledgement of a player’s past or an assessment of their future, the man can’t help but provide us with fodder. So it should come as no surprise that his thoughts on last night’s proceedings have raised a few eyebrows.

“This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines,” Kahn said. “Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.”

The underlying implication is clear: The draft is rigged. Surely Kahn will be fined for either tampering with the league’s mandated narrative or merely suggesting that they have one. However, he should also be asked if this is the prologue to yet another variation of his oft repeated mantra: It’s not my fault.

In this instance, indeed it isn’t. Yet that shouldn’t shield him from any scorn if he bungles another lottery pick, which isn’t far from likely. Kahn has managed cap space well and seemingly gotten the better end of a few trades, but the draft remains his undoing. He’s picked sixth or higher three times in the last two drafts with only one All-Rookie Second Team appearance to show for it. He passed on six All-Rookie First Team members in that same span.

Yet despite such failings and the .200 winning percentage to match, Kahn is adamant that the blame shouldn’t lie with him. The talent is here, he insists, they’re just young and perhaps in need of a better coach. Rubio is coming, we’re assured, and once he arrives our high octane offense will have its conduit.

All the talk of patience, progress and prospects serves only to buy Kahn time. Time to woo his reluctant savior and maybe even happen upon another fortuitous trade. Who knows? He might pull it off. It was just a short time ago that Chris Wallace was the league’s resident boob and you’d be hard pressed to find a critic now.

If he doesn’t pull it off? Hell, everyone loves a good comedy, right?

 


Kurt Rambis takes a seat

Myles Brown —  April 14, 2011 — 1 Comment

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First they came for the coaches. Kurt Rambis’ team finished this season on a 15 game losing streak, which save for a season opening win against the Nets, was exactly how they began the last. Everything in between merely consisted of smaller bouts with uncertainty and lethargy. He’s clashed with his star player and presides over the league’s worst defense. Two years, 32 wins. It’s enough to get anyone fired.

According to the tea leaves, David Kahn has all but done so. Here, take a look.

Then we need to have a talk about whether it’s deserved.

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I honestly don’t know what to say anymore. Our pups are obviously frustrated with such a prolonged losing streak. It shows in their morose huddles, pained expressions and increasingly frequent outbursts towards each other. But they don’t make any of the necessary adjustments to rid themselves of this dark cloud. They aren’t rebuilding, they’re resigned; entirely too accepting of their fate.

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