Author Archives: Steve McPherson

NBA on ESPN Wins Hearts and Minds with Love Dial

The NBA on ESPN promos centered around a cross-country RV tour with basketball players and commentators have always been great, but this one will warm Timberwolves fans’ hearts with the power of a thousand thermonuclear devices. I don’t want Rubio’s basketball career to ever end, but when it does, he should go into acting. His […]

Timberwolves 107, Clippers 109: 99 Problems, Of Which The Bench Is One (And Probably The Biggest)

Over the years, most Timberwolves fans have had their share of moral victories, and most have likely grown sick of them. If you’ve been a fan for more than this season, you know what I’m talking about: although the team loses, they keep it close, or maybe at least show some teeth somewhere in there. […]

Timberwolves 93, Warriors 106: If I Had A Heart

J.J. Barea sat in front of his locker reading down a ripped box score sheet after the game. Nikola Pekovic leaned over to look at it and a member of the PR team walking by offered a crisp, freshly printed one to Pek. “I don’t need it,” he said, and returned to putting his socks […]

Timberwolves 120, Orlando 115: The Long and Winding Road

“One down!” bellowed Nikola Pekovic in the locker room after the game. “Eighty-one to go,” replied Ronny Turiaf with a bit more reserve. Moments earlier, Shabazz Muhammad had inadvertently knocked a cup of Gatorade over next to Turiaf’s chair, and Turiaf had not been pleased. Gorgui Dieng had tried to calm the waters. “Come on,” […]

We'll Miss You, Chris Johnson

It’s old news by now that over the weekend the Wolves waived Othyus Jeffers and Lorenzo Brown, instead retaining Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price. Color me a little surprised they didn’t keep Jeffers given his physicality in the backcourt and based on Hummel’s ho-hum(mel) preseason, but Adelman praised both him and A.J. Price, singling out Hummel’s […]

The Talented Mr. Bohl

Ah: smell that crisp fall air. It signals the beginning of basketball season here in Minnesota, but it also signals change, and A Wolf Among Wolves is not immune. Founder and bellwether Ben Polk and his wife welcomed a brand new child into the world just recently and so for the time being he has […]

Timberwolves 97, Raptors 104: Bang Your Head

Head coach Rick Adelman was more than a little disappointed with his team’s showing in a 104-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. It hardly seemed to matter that it was the preseason. “We just didn’t come with it,” he said. “I don’t understand. It’s like I told them afterwards: we played two home […]

Timberwolves 98, Bucks 89: Minnesota Lynx are WNBA Champs!

Last night the Wolves played their third preseason game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and defeated the Bucks, who continue to look Christmas-y in those green and red road unis. A couple of notes about the game in bullet form because come on: preseason. Share this because Rubio would pass this along:

Moscow CSKA vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: An NBA 2K14 Preview

If an exhibition game of NBA 2K14 is anything to judge by, the Timberwolves shouldn’t have any problem handling Moscow CSKA tonight at the Target Center. After one false start (ProTip: European teams’ visiting jerseys are white, so if you’re playing against an NBA team, you need to make them both wear home colors to […]

Closing Time: Training Camp Wraps Up

Ah, training camp. A time when the heady mix of a long-forgotten feeling merges with the barely-glimpsed ghost of actual on-court play to create its own admixture of hope and anxiety about the future. Take that, Deadspin. But seriously: Practice ran long yesterday, resulting in a clutch of media perched by the front window of […]