Just a quick announcement that the Bloguin Network will be hosting a live NBA Draft blogger chat that can be viewed across many sites in our network starting at 7:15pm tonight. TWolves Blog's own Jon Marthaler will be participating and all our members are welcome to join in on the action as well with their comments! We'll be running the chat window here on the front page of TWolves Blog tonight, so stop on by and show off your Timberwolves pride as we dominate the draft and finally begin to build this team the right way!no comments
Just a reminder to enter the TWolvesBlog 2009 Mock Draft Contest. Test your psychic ability and see if you can accurately predict the top 14 picks in this year's draft. You may just win what is actually a pretty decent, Wolves-related prize: two free tickets valued at $85 each, to a 2009-2010 Home Game of your choice!* Click HERE for more details and to join! REMINDER: The contest deadline is TONIGHT at midnight. No exceptions.
With that out of the way, in the interest of transparency and full disclosure, we'd like to post our staff picks for the contest here. This serves as a reminder to get your entries in, as well as proof of our picks beforehand. To see the picks of DeROK, WallyWorld, and College Wolf, please click "Read More" to continue...
Dust off your thinking caps and Brandon Roy T-Wolves jerseys. TwolvesBlog.com is proud to announce our first (lottery) 2009 Mock Draft Contest. Test your psychic ability and see if you can accurately predict the top 14 picks in this year's draft. You may just win what is actually a pretty decent, Wolves-related prize: Free $85 tickets to a 2009-2010 Home Game of your choice!*
Please click "Read More" to continue on to the contest!
It's officially summertime in the NBA. The trophy has been awarded, the interviews have been done, the conciliatory tweets have been written, and now we are confronted with a yawning basketball chasm until the fall.
Luckily, the summer calendar is chock-full of important dates for the local team. Here now, a look at a few of the more important events this summer:
June 20: In keeping with the spirit of Minnesota, team continues campaign to passive-aggressively keep Bobby Brown from exercising his player option for 2009-2010. When Brown calls the office, officials tell him, "That's totally fine if you want to pick up that option. You know, some people might actually go on the market on July 1, because they wouldn't want to force a team into anything, but really - we're okay with it. It's up to you. Makes no nevermind to us. You do whatever you like, and we'll just have to deal with it."
June 23: Diary entry found in book labeled "DAVID K.'S JOURNAL KEEP OUT!!!":
"Dear diary: We went out again tonight!! Kevin had the chicken again LOL. I had the fish. I think he could tell that I was trying to get his attention with the fish. I wonder if he noticed my pocket square? I was hoping that he would notice that it perfectly matched his eyes... and then maybe he'd smile..."
June 25: 2009 NBA Draft takes place.
June 26-indefinite: Timberwolves fans complain royally about draft picks, trades made or not made, and generally everything they can think of to bellyache about.
July 1: Free agency officially begins.
July 1, 12:01 am: Wolves officially cut all ties with unrestricted free agents Jason Collins and Shelden Williams, including deleting all records of either ever playing for the franchise.
July 8: Free agents may now be signed. Agents across the country tell David Kahn, "Uh, we'll give you a call back on that one. No, really. We promise. No, we're not trying to just get rid of you because playing in Minnesota is pleasant in exactly zero ways."
July 9: Kevin Love whistled for first of 17 Summer League fouls, even though the games haven't officially started, and Love's not even playing in the league.
July 10-19: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. League goes on Super-Red-Alert-Standby for the inevitable and overdue gambling scandal.
July 15: [Insert Random Name Here] scores 25 points in summer league game, prompting obvious question: Just who in the hell is [Insert Random Name Here]?
August 1: Team realizes that Al Jefferson, at 6'10" and nearly 300 pounds, is going to have some real trouble returning from a major knee injury. Official seven-day mourning period at Target Center begins.
Early October: Training camp starts. Wolves are forced to hire a coach, since generally one is needed to run practices.
Mid-October: Kevin McHale says he's "still deciding" whether to coach the team. Glen Taylor says that the decision is "still up to the GM," although he says it while supervising the cleaning-out of the new coach's locker.
We've got a lot to look forward to this summer, then. (In a way, this may be our last chance to feel hopeful until summer 2010.)no comments
Since the off-season started, us fans have been subject to a wide array of bizarre stories involving our favorite team. Stories have ranged anywhere from Twitter gossip to a new face in the front office. But in the end, is it all bad? And is our collective dream for a completely new Wolves braintrust about to finally come true?
We should have all gathered just how interesting this off-season was going to be starting on April 27th.
That was NOT the day that Glen Taylor reiterated it was Kevin McHale's choice to remain the head coach of the Wolves before changing his mind, then changing his mind back again, back again, and then finally deciding it was up to the new President of Basketball Operations while many people are secretly thinking it is still up to McHale. What an intentionally jumbled description of an unintentionally jumbled situation.
That was NOT the day that Twitter.com proved to be the most entertaining way to follow Kevin Love's drunken run-ins with Jeannie Buss, his new braces, or Rashad McCants' complete and utter insanity surrounding God knows what.
That was NOT the day we learned that Kevin McHale, of all fine choices, (and on Kahn's tab no doubt) ordered cod at a fine downtown Minneapolis restaurant.
That was NOT the day we were told Tom Penn would be our new VP of Basketball Operations, only to be "Pritch-Slapped" at the last minute and have Penn stun Minneapolis by accepting a promotion in Portland.
That was NOT the day of the NBA Draft Lottery, where we once again came up short, and for the 2nd time in 3 years missed out out on a top pick as a result of winning a coin toss.
With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
Last night Wally World and I were on a podcast for the new up and coming NBA Draft website, www.NBAdraftdaycountdown.com. Feel free to check out their site, they seem to be doing a swell job. Anyways, we previewed the Northwest Division draft (podcast #8.) If you are reading this a few days from now, here is a direct link to all their podcasts:
Click HERE for NBA Draft Day Countdown Podcasts!
(Again, we are podcast #8. Also, I believe we come in a few minutes after the 25 minute mark, fyi.)
Why Not Bill Simmons?
(submitted by Jeff420Smith)
1) Dennis Lindsey - San Antonio Spurs Assistant General Manager
2) Randy Pfund - Former Miami Heat General Manager
3) Tom Penn - Portland Trail Blazers Assistant General Manager
According to the recent rumblings in the Twittosphere, Bill Simmons has apparently divorced himself from the TWolves GM job, because [he said] he was disappointed that the organization didn't contact him, and also because they lied about the number of people that emailed about interviewing him for the vacant GM position. He also said he was now going to go after the LA Clippers GM job. But lets not kid ourselves (I'm talking to you Simmons), everyone knows that he would jump at this chance if our Front Office actually extended an interview.
With the recent withdrawal of Tom Penn, all I can say is... "Why not Bill Simmons?" Why don't we give him a chance? Honestly, what do we have to lose at this point? Our organization is one of the laughingstocks of the entire league, and according to whomever one listens to reporting on our GM "search", Glen Taylor is somewhere between "horribly incompetent" and "completely clueless" in this endeavour.
I'm not going to go into the X's and O's of hiring Simmons as our GM, because thousands and thousands of words have already been written on this subject. I will say that he's funny, engaging, and knowledgeable about the NBA. Are the plethora of re-tread front office executives that go from team to team ALL really a better potential hire than Simmons? (cough cough just say NO to David Kahn cough cough) I am not so sure. And really, how hard is the job? You only have to work 20 hours per week (citation Kevin McHale), you don't draft Ndudi Ebi, you don't sign slightly above-average players to illegal contracts, and you don't trade Brandon Roy for Randy Foye. Hell, maybe I should be the new GM.
At the very least, Bill Simmons makes this franchise relevant. That's all that some of us fans are even asking for at this point.
And now, let's imagine our future with Bill Simmons as the new General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves! Continue on with this article to see some excellent submissions that I have received over the past few days.