Author Archives: Steve McPherson

Kevin Garnett, Mentor

You’d be forgiven if you blanched at the announcement that Kevin Garnett resigned with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two years and $16.5 million. That Garnett is taking a $4 million paycut from his last contract feels immaterial: his grand return to Minnesota last season ended after just five games and — at least in on-court […]

Murder Most Foul: Karl-Anthony Towns’ Busy Summer Hands

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In three Summer League games so far, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 7.3 personal fouls per game. Not per 36 minutes, but PER GAME, because in keeping with the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” marketing slogan, you don’t foul out until your tenth foul. Against the Lakers and Jazz, Towns had 9. That’s a […]

Roster Review: Zach LaVine

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Consider for a moment how different Zach LaVine’s rookie year could have looked. Selected 13th in last year’s draft, LaVine was the Wolves’ big draft night get, a lanky yet unbelievably athletic guard who didn’t start for UCLA in his lone season there. But Flip Saunders said, “Sometimes you have to try and hit a […]

2014-15 Roster Review: Thad Young

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Have you ever had two friends you were absolutely convinced would get along great? Like maybe you have a friend from college who’s coming into town for the weekend and then a buddy at work and you’re sure — just sure — that when you all hang out on Friday night everyone is going to […]

2014-15 Roster Review: Ronny Turiaf, Sean Kilpatrick, Miroslav Radulica, Arinze Onuaku, Gary Neal, Troy Daniels, Glenn Robinson

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We’re kicking off our offseason coverage here at A Wolf Among Wolves with a comprehensive roster review of the team from this past season, looking at how each player’s 2014-15 went and what we see for them going forward. One player (or group of players) a day for the next couple weeks, starting with the […]

2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves: That’s A Wrap

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That’s a wrap on the Wolves’ 2014-15 season. Let’s check out some highlights.

Timberwolves 101, Warriors 110: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to watch a late-season Wolves game, and the wisdom to stick around for Zach LaVine in the fourth quarter

As the camera panned over a dusk shot of Oracle Arena framed by shiny graphics promising a scintillating late-season matchup between the Western Conference’s best team and one of its worst, my wife helpfully pointed out that the records of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors were nearly a palindrome: 15-64, 65-14. Wolves […]

David Thorpe Talks Wiggins and 3-pointers

  Update: Since this post went up, Timberwolves PR has directed me to the full context of the quote below and pointed out that there’s a big difference between saying “a major part” and “a main part.” Fair enough. It still seems worth discussing exactly what that difference is, and that’s largely what this post […]

Timberwolves 99, Lakers 101: It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken

Twenty minutes after a 2-point overtime loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Zach LaVine sat in front of his locker, putting on a floridly color-blocked sock inside out. It was LaVine’s foul on Jordan Clarkson that sent Clarkson to the line with 0.3 seconds left in the extra period to seal the win and […]

Timberwolves 106, Nets 122: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Basketball Game

With apologies to Wallace Stevens. I A skeleton crew of wolves — leaderless, bereft of energy, stripped raw by the road — came back, but not home. II For a team to suffer from defensive breakdowns, first there must be a defense. III Plus/minus is a stat that depends a lot on context, except when […]