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It wasn’t a pretty preseason opener in many ways, but the Wolves got to debut some new faces and beat up on an incomplete Pacers team for the victory.

Between the poor 3-point shooting, the grainy Fargo television feed coming through NBA League Pass, lots of turnovers, and a lot of missed free throws, it would have been pretty easy to want to look away from our first glimpse at what the Wolves have to offer this year. Plus, D.J. Augustin was the main point guard for Indiana due to George Hill sitting out and nobody wants to watch him play starter’s minutes. However, we got to watch Wolves basketball once again and it was pretty fun to see the new direction the team is going.

I’m not going to try to find an overarching storyline with a preseason game and look for how it affects the team moving forward. It’s preseason after all. So let’s just try to look at what each individual player did and file it away for later use.  Continue Reading…

Sliding Doors

Zach Harper —  September 26, 2012 — 3 Comments

Have you ever seen the movie Sliding Doors?

It’s a Gwyneth Paltrow movie that shows the parallel life tracks of a woman whose life is up in the air. On the day she gets fired from her PR job, she is catching a subway to get home.

In one parallel, Gwyneth’s character makes her train. She meets a man that she hits it off with right away. Because she caught her train, she gets home early and catches her boyfriend cheating on her. Since she’s found out what a jerk he is, she returns to the new man she’s met on the train and begins a new life.

In the other parallel, she misses the train and doesn’t meet the new man. She gets home well after her boyfriend’s affair is over and is never the wiser to his deceitful ways. She ends up overworking herself to support him while he takes time writing a novel.

In one life, she gets to restart everything. Her life gets turned upside down and she hits rock bottom, but she finds a new way to begin the next phase of her life. In the other life, the bad hits just keep on coming and she’s stuck in the same rut she can’t seem to crawl out of.

Every time I think about Brandon Roy’s upcoming campaign with the Minnesota Timberwolves, I can’t help but think of this movie. There really are two parallels of the next chapter in Brandon Roy’s life. As we move forward, we’ll find out over the next two weeks/one month/three months/full season the answers to the questions we have about Brandon Roy.  Continue Reading…

It’s ESPY season and much like the People’s Choice Awards or Nickelodeon’s Awards show… or… you know… the All-Star Game, the PEOPLE are the ones that decide who is honored with the hardware.

You can go to this link on ESPN.com and it will look like the picture above. Click on Kevin Love’s picture and then click “vote.” Do that as many times as it lets you and Kevin Love may win the ESPN for Best NBA Player. It’s probably a longshot for him to win with LeBron, Durant, Kobe (?), Tony Parker (huh?) and Rajon Rondo (…) all nominated but Wolves fans can make it happen with a stalker’s persistance.

And if you are able to contribute to the Jimmy V Foundation to help fund cancer research, here is the link for that.

Vote Now. Vote Often. Vote for Love.

 

UPDATE!

He lost. :(

As of right now, Timberwolves fans are really lucky.

Our team looks like it’s headed in the right direction, we have young talented stars with at least three years on each contract, loads of cap flexibility and an owner who seems willing to spend money to make the product better right now. In addition, the owner is apparently looking for an exit strategy that centers around finding someone who will keep the team in Minneapolis.

Not every fan base is that lucky.

For the past couple of years, the fans of the Sacramento Kings have been jerked around by their ownership. The Maloofs tried to sneak off in the middle of the night and take the team to Anaheim. When the NBA wouldn’t let them do that (or we can pretend they had a change of heart), the city of Sacramento put together an incredible effort behind the people at Here We Stay and mayor Kevin Johnson to get enough local support to make an arena deal a reality. When the NBA stepped in and negotiated what the Maloofs called “a fair deal,” it seemed like a new downtown arena would be built and another relocation disaster would be stopped.

Now the Maloofs are reneging on the deal and sabotaging whatever efforts are made to save the arena deal. James Ham from Cowbell Kingdom put together this documentary during the time when it looked like the Kings were out of town. I recommend you taking the hour and 21 minutes to watch this documentary. It’s wonderfully well done and after the local Vikings fiasco that has gone on recently, I think this is a market that can appreciate such extraordinary efforts.

Thank you and enjoy.

Ricky Rubio is down but definitely not out.

Here he is working on his… well… let’s say set shot. Andre Miller would be proud.

(H/T – @RussoDefender)

By the way, I love so much that Pump Up The Jam is what they’re listening to. 

Via SLAM Online, Levi Maestro documents some of the offseason workouts and activities of Kevin Love and other NBA players.

Pretty intense workout from the looks of it.

Here it is in all of its glory!

Yesterday, Kevin Love went to Sea Life at the Mall of America to introduce himself and the world to K-Love the Octopus.

According to the press release from the team:

K-Love the octopus will be joining the team of 10,000 sea creatures from SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America. The octopuswill be released into his new tank by Kevin Love. Kevin will also be feeding K-Love the octopus as well as giving him a special basketball toy. Children from Hope Kids will also be on hand to be the first to see K-Love in his new tank.

Why an octopus? Both the octopus, K-Love, and Kevin Love have excellent grabbing ability – one to grab boards, the other mainly grabs food. An octopus is also one of the smartest animals in the sea, while Kevin is surely one of the smartest on the court. Lastly, both Kevin and K-Love will be making Minnesota proud for many years to come.

Thanks to the Wolves PR and Sea Life, I went down there with Myles Brown and others posing as media to check out the event first hand. Here’s a little video of the afternoon.

(Apologize for the subpar audio. Tried to reduce the background noise the best I could.)

Kevin seemed to have a fun time with the kids and everyone involved in the event. Here is a scientific look into the future at what K-Love the Octopus will look like when he’s fully grown.

Puppy Breath and… Nutmeg?

Zach Harper —  February 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

In last night’s Rising Stars game, Ricky Rubio put on a passing display that had the internets a blazing.

He also went 5-hole against DeMarcus Cousins before finding Blake Griffin on the alley-oop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rne9SeYx8To

Big ups to Derrick Williams for not trying to Greg Monroe the end of this play.

There was also this pass to a running and traveling Markieff Morris:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egXg1bb3u3w

He caught Evan Turner looking too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEZNmhH30i8

Overall, it was a pretty decent night of “basketball” in terms of highlights. John Wall’s dunks were ridiculous and Kyrie Irving somehow shot 130% on 3-point attempts. D Dub in the dunk contest tonight!

Michael Beasley shows out

Zach Harper —  February 23, 2012 — 6 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYDzvmoGIcE

The Wolves debuted this video the other night at the Target Center during the game against Philadelphia. It was during a timeout when this hit the jumbotron.

Everybody seemed to be enjoying the singing of the various Wolves players, ironically or not. Then it got to Beas’ part and it was the  awkward extended stay on him trying to figure out the lyrics that lured everybody’s attention to a heightened state. As he started to get into the flow of the song, I looked down at the players coming out of the huddle, some discussing strategy and some looking up at the scoreboard in awe of what Beasley was doing.

I panned my vision over to Beasley, who was busy trying to get assistant coach Jack Sikma to look up at the board to witness the show that was about to explode when Beas remembered the lyrics. Beasley was into it and the rest of the team was too. It was something that could have completely removed focus from Mike and what he needed to do coming out of the timeout. But instead, he seemed to have a little more pep in his step.

I was so enthralled with Beasley’s reaction to himself that I never saw the Pekovic part or knew it happened. That was a pleasant surprise.