Andrew the Confused

Andrew Wiggins was the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then dumped by them when free agent LeBron James didn’t want to deal with rookie growing pains. Unfazed, Wiggins won Rookie of the Year and immediately afterwards was declared a wing superstar in the making, a deadly…

Whatever You Do Don’t Call It a Comeback

Six players have scored 50 points or more in a single game in the 2018-19 season. Derrick Rose is one of them. Rose, who many left for basketball dead coming into this season, may in fact win Most Improved. His 19.1 ppg is +10.7 over last season. His 49% from the field is a career…

Give The Timberwolves An F

The first rule of business negotiation is to never overvalue your product. The second rule of business is that if you are going to lie  make sure your life feels like the truth. On both counts, the Timberwolves have failed. Punched in the face by the Jimmy Butler trade demand, they are the blind leading…

A Karl-Anthony Towns Fast Track to Phoenix?

Three years of Karl-Anthony Towns has been a textbook good vibe. The number one draft pick delivered on his promise. Rookie of the Year Towns posted an 18 and 10 stat line and talk radio blather was who would you rather have as the face of your franchise Towns or Anthony Davis? Towns is the…

In 48 Hours, Someone Is Going on Vacation

After 82 games it comes down to one game, terminally putting to bed the erroneous but sounds-nice analysis that the regular season doesn’t matter. On April, 11th it matters. Denver will roll into Minnesota and face the Wolves. The Wolves haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004. The Nuggets haven’t been to the playoffs since…

Wait…the T-Wolves Might Miss The Playoffs?

Minnesota hasn’t been to the NBA playoffs since George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004. The late Flip Saunders was their coach and they went to the Western Conference Finals only to lose to the last hurrah version of Shaq and Kobe. It left a bitter taste for a team that nearly won…

Kevin Durant Knows About Sacrifice But Do the T-Wolves?

Recently, Kevin Durant went on The Bill Simmons Podcast and among other basketball-related topics, spoke about the Minnesota Timberwolves and their revamped roster that now includes Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. Part of the Durant/Simmons dialogue is excerpted below. Durant: So let’s go down the line with that. Now Teague. Can’t…

Flip Saunders Worked For This

This August excitement was what Flip Saunders worked  so hard for. He traded for Andrew Wiggins. He drafted Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns. He was beginning a rebuild that would reap rewards once player development transitioned into player excellence, and if life was fair, Flip Saunders would be feted for his acumen. But the man…