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There are two reasons I’m posting this crudely pulled video of Wolves’ color commentator Jim Petersen mentioning my name on last night’s telecast:

1) It’s not even a humble brag; it’s a straight-up brag that the best team analyst in the NBA mentioned a conversation we had Wednesday morning for the Eye on Basketball Podcast that I host five days a week.

2) It’s to let you know that the episode with Jim Pete exists and you should probably go listen to it if you want to get smarter about the NBA and its history. Through my fumbling of questions, Jim shared incredible insight about knee injuries, what it was like to play with Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, how players work hard, and how he became a broadcaster. He also shed some incredible insight on the role of advanced stats in his job and the NBA in general.

You can go here to check out the post with the podcast on the Eye on Basketball blog, you can subscribe in iTunes here and download the episode, or you can click on the player below that will hopefully continue to play the episode and not have coding problems. I will warn you the episode isn’t very Wolves-centric for most of the 34 minutes, but it’s Jim Petersen talking about basketball. You can’t get much better than that.


Rick Adelman became a broken record last year. Someone for the Wolves would go down with an injury and he’d start talking about how guys couldn’t feel sorry for themselves and had to step up. They had to make the most of their opportunity to help the team. Ricky Rubio went down with his ACL injury. Kevin Love got a concussion. Nikola Pekovic had bone spurs in his ankle the size of Gibraltar. Pick any of JJ Barea’s 27 injuries from last year.

Guys went down and the Wolves went down with them. Nobody stepped up. Nobody cared. Everybody had the calendar circled for their vacation and not for the playoffs. Once Rubio was gone, the season was lost. Once Love was gone, the season was a joke. Once Pek was gone, it was the same old Wolves again. Adelman begged a set of players without anything close to a guarantee of a future with this organization to show some pride and we only saw it one game, when they finally broke their April losing streak.  Continue Reading…