Words about Basketball, Written by Other People

Monday 06 March 2017 at 01:02 am

It’s our duty to bring you the latest, most accurate, or at least the most interesting coverage of the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as the rest of the NBA, as best we can. However, we can only do so much while we’re in the studio — so — here’s some bonus Wolves coverage from AROUND THE INTERWEBS. Let’s get started.

First, it’s theDISS. We’re big proprietors of what theDISS does, and have said so in the past, but if you’re unfamiliar with the work of Jacob Greenberg and Kevin Draper — take some time familiarize yourself with their work.

I won’t beat the proverbial dead horse on this one; not long ago a Minnesota State Representative made some questionable comments regarding the National Basketball Association. Draper was all over the story like a bad rash. He emailed the aforementioned representative (who I’m not referring to by name on purpose, for effect) trying to find the meaning behind a such a controversial statement made the politician, one that was elected by our fellow Minnesotans. Minnesota State House of Representatives Member Tweets Something Racist About Basketball; Doesn’t Claim He Was Hacked

Like using the word “thug”, talking about NBA players as criminals, delinquents, drug addicts etc. has long been a coded way of really saying those things about blacks, as 80% of the NBA is black, by far the highest percentage of any major American sport. By tweeting that if basketball players (read: black people) didn’t have a job playing basketball the crime rate would go up, Garofalo is saying that black people—all 41 million of them—are criminals.

Read Draper’s piece in it’s entirety by clicking this link.

Now, here’s Greenberg — and hey — look at that; he’s written something about the Wolves. Despite living in California, Greenberg has a soft spot for our favorite basketball club. Geared less toward this year’s team, and focusing on how things were previously assembled – Their Best-Laid Plans, Now Staring Back at You refers back to David Kahn as reason for the Wolves struggles this season.

I have always held a strange fascination for David Kahn, the former general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the man whom most Wolves fans label as the “scapegoat” for their team’s struggles over the last several seasons. As a writer-turned-lawyer-turned-sports-executive-turned-NBA-blogger-punchline, there are few resumes as interesting as Kahn’s. Very few people are able to convince so many rich white men to hire them to run their shows, and in that regard, Kahn is one of the finer traveling salesmen in this fine country. But that’s only one reason why Kahn fascinates me.

Read Greenberg’s piece in it’s entirety by clicking this link. (Thanks for letting us use the picture, Jacob. . Also, Greenberg participated in Hickory-High’s “Boogie Week”. Boogie Week was extensive coverage of the Sacramento Kings center; DeMarcus Cousins. Bias and affiliation aside, everyone that participated in this week provided a vast array of input about such a complex player. Greenberg’s take on Cousins (aka Boogie) was a fantastic way to cap off #BoogieWeek).

Yet, when I watch DeMarcus Cousins, this moment of relaxation never arrives. Whenever I watch Boogie, I find myself squirming uncomfortably in my seat, clearing my throat self-consciously.  When I see other players crash into his impressively-built body – a girthy specimen whose sheer size and mass reminds you less of an overland trucker, and more like a schoolyard bully, where size can be converted into a destructive payload more easily than not – and I witness his body language shift as ref’s whistles remain awkwardly silent, I become nervous for what surely is to come.

Check out another one of Greenberg’s pieces by clicking this link (Notice the sketch? Yea, I drew that!). I really really encourage you to check out all of Hickory-High’s Boogie Week content, it was a blast trying to keep up with it.

Now to more Wolves stuff. Friend of the Program, Derek James, wrote an interesting number over at Howlin’ T-Wolf about the Wolves attendance, or lack there of if we’re talking about games played at Target Center. The interesting part is this; opponents attendance in which the Wolves are the visiting team is great! But why not at home games? Reasons for the Timberwolves’ Variable Attendance Trends

Stumbling around the internet can lead you to some interesting places, especially on Basketball-Reference. While randomly looking at the roster of the 2009-’10 Timberwolves, I noticed they were 24th in attendance. Wait a minute. That is a few spots higher than this team and they’ve already won twice as many games as this team. So, I tracked it for the next few seasons and this is what I found.

Read James’ piece in it’s entirety by clicking this link.

It wouldn’t be an Around the Interwebs post without Steve McPherson, would it. This time, he talks about the Minnesota Timberwolves and their relationship with the viral mobile application, addictive video game that took much of the technological world by storm. Won’t take much time explaining this one. Flappy Bird, McPherson, Timberwolves, all in one place – For Timberwolves, ‘Bird’ is the word

“When I was playing,” he says, “I was getting close to my other high and once I finally beat it by 10 or something, then I was able to relax a little bit and just keep going. Once you’re past it, the pressure goes away. The pressure is in getting close.”

Just how far did Budinger sail past his previous career high? He nearly doubled it, finishing with an unfathomable 327 points.

In Flappy Bird.

Read McPherson’s piece in it’s entirety by clicking here. 

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Goodbye, Rick Adelman

Monday 06 March 2017 at 01:01 am

Yesterday; Rick Adelman announced he would not be returning as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. There’s been plenty of discussion on the show this season regarding Adelman’s future with the team, and whether or not he would return to complete the final year of his contract — but now — there’s no more uncertainty.

The presence of one of the NBA’s stoic coaches in the league’s history will not be forgotten, but his departure does leave some unsettling questions regarding the future of the Timberwolves; who will be their next head coach?

Billy Bohl and I both expressed sentiment in respect the Adelman’s resignation, each in our own words.

Officially Official: Rick Adelman Retires – Billy Bohl at A Wolf Among Wolves 

Monday morning, Rick Adelman took the stage outside the Wolves’ training facility and announced what many have long suspected: the 67-year-old is officially retiring from coaching in the NBA. He will remain with the organization as an advisor, but his days dealing with the worry of game-planning, roster construction, and the hassles of trekking across North America are over.

“It’s a real grind. You get some time off in the summer, but it’s pretty much on your mind all the time,” Adelman said. “There’s some sadness, but there’s also a relief. I’m ready and my wife’s ready to move on to another phase. We’re looking forward to that.”

Adelman played his first regular season NBA game on October 17th, 1968. Between then and yesterday, he was a professional basketball player for 7 years, a college head coach for 6, an NBA assistant for 6, and an NBA head coach for 23. He was uninvolved with basketball (in any official capacity, anyway) for just 4 stretches of time – after he retired as a player (1976-77), and after he was relieved of his coaching duties by Portland (1994-95), Golden State (1997-98) and Sacramento (2006-07). He was a true basketball lifer.

However, all that time spent in a high-stress profession eventually took its toll. “Whether you win or you lose, the pressure’s on you,” Adelman said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and been in the league a long time and that, probably, had more impact than anything else. I just felt for my wife and I, we wanted to enjoy other things. Wanted to have Christmas at home with my other kids, stuff like that. I’m looking forward to that. I’m certainly going to miss it. My wife would be the first to say it’s real consuming. You get caught up in it way too much.”

Read Officially Official: Rick Adelman Retires in it’s entirety by clicking this link.

Ambassador To The Great State of Basketball – Zachary Bennett at Hickory-High

Adelman is husband, father, and a 68 year old with more wisdom than I am able to try and fathom. It isn’t hard to find nice things that have been said about Adelman and what he brought to the game of basketball during his years on the sideline. He’s the mastermind of motion, off-ball screening and cutting, that created an offence so tangible that even Gregg Popovich admits he borrowed ideas from Adelman’s playbook, among many others.

After Adelman announced his retirement on Monday morning, a gloomy uncertainty surfaced as Flip Saunders sighted no timeline or the name of any candidates. Saunders did not, however, rule out the idea of returning to the sideline as the Wolves coach, although he mentioned that isn’t what team owner Glen Taylor would prefer to see. Now, without not only an unmistakable, prestigious, experienced coach; Minnesota stands amid an unsettling and uncertain period of reformation under the new, Saunders, regime.

Read Ambassador To The Great State of Basketball in it’s entirety by clicking this link.

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