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The TWolves rolled the Denver Thuggets 122-108 to bring our pre-season record to 3-0 (Yeaaaah baaaaby!)
Boxscore can be found HERE
Rather than regurgitate everything I just typed in the game thread in the TWB Forums, check out the game thread HERE for thoughts/analysis/snarky commentary.
Good win, the team looked great. This could be an exciting season. Certainly it will be 100000% more athletic and interesting than the past few years. Oh yeah, and we PLAYED FRICKIN DAMN GOOD DEFENSE. Holy crap that mind-blowing to see (for once.) 13 blocks. Martell Webster made me excited in the pants.
2009-2010 Record - 15-65 (4th Place, Minnesota High School Lake Conference Boy's Freshman B-Squad Basketball)
Key Losses: Large Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins, Damien Wilkins, Brian Cardinal, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Steimsma (perhaps the biggest loss), Nathan Jawai, Sasha Pavlovic, the meal I just ate after forcing myself to think about the aforementioned players actually being on our roster last year.
Key Gains: Perhaps a hint of fan interest, Michael Beasley, Wesley's Johnson, Major Lazar Hayward, Kosta Koufos, Kosta Koufos' dance moves and 43-foot nose, Sebastain Telfair, Frodo "Ridnour" Baggins, Martell Webster, Nikola Pekovic and Anthony Tolliver
1. What Significant moves were made in the offseason?
This offseason carried with it yet another frenzy of activity and Wolves-related roster transactions. The key difference between this summer and last is that the Wolves added a significant, and quite underrated, amount of talent and depth to their roster while "only" losing Al Jefferson. This did not occur without a few of David Kahn's traditional head-scratchers (trading Sessions so soon, arguably). Speaking of Kahn, as of this second I am going to start calling him The Cryptkeeper. He just reminds me of a sinister little man and sort of has the same hair, and definitely should have the save voice/laugh but that is a stretch. Not to mention the symbolic nature of a Wolves season-preview write-up featuring a show called Tales from the Crypt seems to make some sense, if for any reason the title alone.
Back to the offseason. This all started at the draft lottery when the Wolves "lucked out" and nailed the 4th pick in the draft, of which my only reaction was this post. Come draft night we shifted around a little bit and ended up selecting Wesley's Johnson, Luke Babbitt, who was traded (more on this shortly), Lazar Hayward in a deal with Washington, Nemanja Bjelica and sure-fire future NBA supermegastar Paulo Prestes, who may not have even known he was in the draft to begin with. Many felt this haul was...unsuccessful. So, after a few months of letting it all sink in, Wolves fans are back at it and ready to make outlandish, preposterous predictions that only approach Knick-fan/media level of absurdity (and it really does not get much more fail than that). So I'll go ahead and get started. Despite passing on Cousins, I think Wesley is going to be solid. He no doubt fills a very key need for the Wolves on the perimeter with his athleticism, and his shooting form is potentially enough for Pfizer to stop distributing Viagra to the Minneapolis market completely. Look for him to be a major contributor, but given the influx of rotation-worthy wings now on our roster (a first?), it will be tough for Johnson to statistically contend for ROY this year. It could turn out to be another Flynn situation, where the guy drafted right after him (Cousins in WJ's case) will outperform him statistically and thus he will be put into the dog house by local fans despite some positives.
Semi-related tangent: I will go on the record and say that absorbing Elton Brand's salary in order to move down 2 spots for Turner would have been the downfall of this franchise and an absolutely dreadful decision. Moving on. CLICK READ MORE TO CONTINUE
After what I assume to be tepid anticipation, we finally present to you the Top Ten Worst Timberwolves of All-Time! If you missed it, this all stemmed from a TWB reader comment in my personal results for the Top Ten (Best) Minnesota Timberwolves of All-Time, posted two weeks ago. The reason I made that post was to participate in Jeff Fox's (of Hoops Manifesto) results for the Top Ten players of every NBA team. Here are his results for your very own T-Wolves. (Click at your own risk, it's rather disgusting.)
Annnnnnyways, we decided to also go another direction with this, and highlight the very worst that this organization has had to offer over the years. I conducted an open vote for any readers/members of TWolves Blog (so basically all 19 people out there reading this site.) I will say, the quality of skill on this list isn't much different than our top ten best players... ok, I'm kidding. (But I bet you were nodding in agreement right there.) I guess what I'm saying is that we Wolves fans have had it pretty rough the past 20 years. The criteria for this list was that it had to be a "regular player" of sorts, and established a cut-off of having played roughly a minimum of 1,000 career minutes for the Woofies. Without further ado...
Please click "Read More" to see the infamous results for the top ten WORST T-Wolves ever...
Pictures brought to you today by TWolves Blog member Matt McCabe. He is a Sports Reporter in St. James, MN, whom also occasionally freelances. He took over 1,000 photos from this scrimmage. However, I don't get paid enough to post them all here on TWB. So, check these out.
Check out all the picturey goodness after the jump!
We've got a special recap (and pictures woohoo) of the Wolves Intra-Squad Scrimmage from last night at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. This is brought to you by Cristy Brusoe, a prospective journalist/reporter, graduate of UW-River Falls. I know, I know... a cheesehead. But regardless, enjoy.
All I know is that it's nice to finally see something, anything, about the new Wolves squad for this upcoming season!
On the last day of Timberwolves training camp at Mankato, the team held a public scrimmage for their fans to see. The game was sold out and the arena was about 75% full of excited fans. All players and coaches were in attendance (including Jonny Flynn, who was playing cheerleader for the black team). Glen Taylor was there as well. The first and third quarters were set up to be 10 minutes long, and the second and fourth were 8 minutes each. The teams were set up as follows (with the starting five listed first):
Please click "Read More" to continue with the thoughts, analysis, and observations...
Quick, very brief afternoon update, but some awesome news for those of you who have NBA TV:
Wolves Vs. Lakers will be aired on Monday, October 4th at 2:00 PM CST on NBA TV and perhaps TNT?
Wolves Vs. Knicks will be aired on Wednesday, October 6th at 1:00 PM CST on NBA TV.
Fire up your DVR's.
This is obviously fantastic news. I am unsure of the TV schedule for the rest of the pre-season. We are obviously getting exposiure because these two games are being played in England and Paris, respectively. The local TV schedule is still forthcoming and the delay simply can't be a great sign. Better order League Pass again!
UPDATE: The Wolves' site indicates the first game will be on TNT, and that neither will be on NBA TV. However, NBA.com suggests otherwise. More to come here as we all find out more.no comments
The next round of previews is up! Enjoy. Expect some Wolves previews to be released by your's truly in the not-too-distant future. Season begins in less that 1 month!
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(Tardy) Knicks Preview: Straight Bangin'
Also a reminder that the Wolves' public scrimmage can be viewed live on Timberwolves.com at 7PM CST.