Before I go any further, I would like to point out that I got the idea to do this post from a comment by "Nate" over at Britt Robson's On The Ball blog. Granted, what Nate said isn't exactly some superb and mind-blowing insight, and really, it's something that I've basically thought for the past few patheticly atrocious losing seasons. But, as any writer will tell you, I don't want to plagiarize anyone's thoughts and I do believe in giving credit where credit is due. So, I'll mostly quote parts of his comment and further elaborate on them.
Here's what Nate said (in italics), and let's dig a little big deeper while we are at it:
"I've never liked or enjoyed January, and now as a Wolves fan I detest January. January makes me vomit."
- A solid start to your post. I'm right there with you Nate. Get out the buckets.
"If not for January, McHale would definitely be out. If not for January, Stack and Hoiberg would at least have a higher probability of being out. If not for January, Glen Taylor would not be able to see yet another silver lining on the sinking ship. This club cannot afford to make decisions based on what happened in January. It's one month, it is not enough data."
- I think this is probably the most solid point that he makes. Somehow, Taylor has been deluded into thinking this team has a ton of promise/skill/ability to compete with the other great teams in the league. Did anyone else hear Taylor talk during halftime of a game a month or so ago? Going on and on and on about how much this team has improved, how well they are playing, and how bright the future is? It almost made me sick. I'm effing sick of the same old song and dance that they've been giving us the past 3-4 years no. It's all a bunch of BS, and our front office is either collectively delusional or overly incompetent. This thought process will never be changed unless someone from outside the organization comes in and takes over. We (the fans) need someone with fresh blood to step up to Taylor and tell him some real talk about the state of this franchise. Someone (fresh blood) needs to be able to come in, have full control of all operations, and be able to make ANY moves they want/need to make. (Granted, I am assuming Taylor hires someone that knows what the hell he's doing, which is not 100% guaranteed.) McHale/Stack/Hoiberg may or may not always simply toe the company line, but does anyone truly believe that the much-needed change in philosophy and mindset can ever be implemented without someone from outside the "Country Club?" I know I don't. Taylor strikes me as the person that will listen to his "crew" until the bitter end, and unfortunately, I don't believe anyone from his "crew" is even remotely capable of righting this Titantic on it's maiden voyage. Yes, they've made a few solid transactions to clean up our salary situation, but they've still made a ton of stupid moves and missed blatant opportunities to improve with little to no risk/future financial harm. To make a long story short, we need someone like a Sam Presti, and the chances of that happening (however slim they may have been), have decreased even further simply because of McHale's "Coach of the Month-esque" January record.
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And now, a selection from the fourth-quarter play-by-play of Minnesota vs. New Orleans on Wednesday night:
Re: the plays at 2:13 and 1:19, we have a list of ten questions.
3. God, why?
4. What have we done to deserve this?
5. Seriously, why?
6. Was nobody thinking?
7. Just... why?
8. Whose idea was this?
9. WHY...WHAT...HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?
10. If Brian Cardinal is taking crunch-time jumpers for your team, isn't that grounds for the commissioner to investigate the team for tanking?
Q & A with Grizzlies blog "3 Shades of Blue"
As you all probably know, the Wolves take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at Target Center. We might actually have a chance to win this game... especially since Foye will be out with his ankle injury (ok ok, that was low.) I am not sure what to think. The Grizzzzzzz are right behind us in the standings of ineptitude, otherwise known as the draft lottery seeding. If they were to beat us, they would have a legitimate chance to pass us, which would move us "up" from sixth to fifth... with potential for even a "higher" lottery position. I guess no one really wins in this scenario. It's pathetic what some NBA games amount to when the dregs of the league are playing out the string the last two months of the season.
Anyways, my fellow Bloguin member Joshua Coleman over at "3 Shades of Blue" runs a pretty sweet Memphis Grizzlies blog (but you should all know that already.) Plus, I've done stuff with them in the past. So, double shame on you if you haven't heard of their blog. When Josh and the crew aren't too busy interviewing their owner, he found some time to do a friendly little Q & A with Yours Truly. We tried to keep it pretty light-hearted, because really, what's there to analyze at this point? I truly do advise you all to check their blog if you've got any interest in their team, or just enjoy the NBA in general. (Plus they have some pretty tight articles.) Below are his answers to my wit inducing and highly thought provoking questions. If you want to see my answers to his queries, you will have to go check out his blog. I really believe its worth your time, unless you hate me... then don't. Without further delay:
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Above are the past three games by your very own Minnesota Timberwolves. We've lost to the best, and we've lost to the worst (literally.) At this point, what more can any blogger say about this franchise that someone like Britt Robson hasn't already said? (And more eloquently, I might add.)
So, I figured, why bore any remaining readers with a blah blah blah Wolves lost recap because of this and that, we couldn't guard so and so, we had some untimely turnovers, missed some key shots, and blah blah blah ad nauseum. The damn script has been the same this entire pointless season. If you have no other outlets for your misery, and would like to commiserate with the few remaining fellow fans, please read on. If not, go to hell I don't blame you for doing something more important with your time.
Anyways, for those of you that don't partake in our wonderful TWB Forum Community, here is the "game recap" that I have been posting in the appropriate game threads for each game since Big Al went down with his ACL tear. Keep in mind this "recap" is completely, 100% serious mostly all in good fun, typically used to garner a few cheap laughs. However, lately, it's been mind-numbingly accurate. If you don't already know, all one has to do to recap an entire Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game, is simply fill in the necessary player/statistic/situation in the [brackets] below. It's not hard, believe me. Want to see how it works for tonight's Wolves-Wizards game?
"Go figure, [Mike Miller] hit buckets in garbage time, because garbage time for the Wolves was [most of the second half.] [Mark Madsen] only played  minutes?!?!, while [Smith/Cardinal] played  minutes?!?!, and why didn't [Jason Collins - OOPS, scratch that. Typo.] play? [All our starters] sucked at defense, and could not guard [anyone, specifically Caron Butler and/or Antawn Jamison]. [Bobby Brown] looked completely lost out there, and [our entire bench] completely sucked this game. [Most of our entire organization roster except for Crunch] is completely worthless. Amazingly, [no one] really had a horrible game shooting, and [most everyone] actually hit the broad side of the barn tonight. [Mike Miller] gets the [Fifth consecutive*] "Mike Miller Award", for taking only  shots in  minutes. Where was [Sheldon Williams] tonight?
Wolves lose again."
* Garnering HOF consideration.
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Q & A with Blazers blog "Bust a Bucket"
As you all probably know, the Wolves take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight at Target Center. As to what sort of fighting chance we've got, that is highly debateable. What is not debateable is that our fellow Bloguin member Sheed over at Bust a Bucket runs a pretty sweeeet Portland Trailblazers blog. I advise you all to check it out if you've got any interest in their team, or just enjoy the NBA in general. With that said, in honor of tonight's unholy bloodbath and desecration game, Sheed and I exchanged a friendly little Q&A. Below are his answers to my wit inducing and highly thought provoking questions. If you want to see my screwball answers to his queries, you will have to go check out his blog. Without further delay:
CW: 1. The Blazers are looking great this year. Where do you see them finishing in the playoff race, and how do you like their chances to advance?
SHEED: Ironic that you should ask me that question after two beatings by Western Conference playoff teams. On Monday I probably would have told you Portland is ready to win in the first round of the playoffs. But today, with our inability to win against good teams on the road, I feel like we could get swept by any of the top few teams.
But to be more realistic and less emotional, I think the schedule favors us making the playoffs and possibly getting a decent seed. No matter what seed we get, I'll be happy if the team gets some playoff experience. It's been a long year for our 4 rookies and the future is definitely bright.
CW: 2. What's up with Greg Oden? Will he ever be injury free and realize his potential? Ever wish you guys had Durant instead?
SHEED: I don't really understand what is wrong with Greg Oden currently. He's officially listed as OUT for the game tonight and there has been speculation that he is the one deciding not to play. I'm not sure if he has that killer instinct and a will to play through injuries. The fact is, he's still very young, these injuries appear to be minor and I won't get too frustrated with him until next year if the same drama keeps happening.
For me, a guy who likes to score and not play defense, Durant intrigues me. He is truly a special talent but I'm not convinced he would have fit on our team. I think we'd be a terrible defensive team and there wouldn't really be enough shots to go around. I like the way
CW: 3. The Wolves play the Blazers tonight. How bad of a bloodbath will it be? Will any of your starters score 60 points? Or will they all be done playing by halftime?
SHEED: This is the NBA CW and anything can happen. You did see that the Clippers beat
CW: 4. Any thoughts on the T'Wolves in general? I don't blame you if you don't even give our squad a passing thought...
SHEED: I used to be a hardcore fantasy guy so I know a lot of players across the league. I've been keeping my eye on the Wolves; I keep seeing some big numbers from Gomes and Foye, then the increased production from Kevin Love. I can't decide if you guys are a long ways off or just one good player away from being decent. It's too bad
Again, my answers to the other half of this Q&A can be found HERE.
Thanks Sheed and good luck may the best team win tonight trade Roy back to us enjoy the game tonight!
Reaction: Complete and Utter Epic Monster Fail. I couldn't have been more wrong. Two people actually guessed Lil Nate was going to win. I was shocked. Then again, it was somewhat of a let down this year. Reaction: Unfortunately the game was a boring blowout. Really, it wasn't even close. Much like my prediction.
As we all know, the NBA All-Star weekend festivites came and went just a few short days ago. Unfortunately, I've been away from the internets for most of the past weekend, but was able to catch a truncated version of the events thanks to the miracle that is DVR. Also, last week I did have time to make some predictions with fellow NBA bloggers on the AS Weekend events over at fellow Bloguin blog, Hoop Heads North. You can check out the article with our conglomerate group of predictions by clicking here.
In the interest of complete disclosure and accountability, here's a quick rundown of what I had predicted:
H. O. R. S. E.
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com): "Durant - He's got the most range and a wide variety of skills. Mayo's good, but doesn't strike me as a HORSE type stud. Joe Johnson is an odd choice as a participant."
Reaction: Nice, but not great, call by yours truly. 3 of the six bloggers picked Durant.
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com): "
Reaction: Epic fail. I blame "randomness." All six of us picked the Spurs. All six of us were wrong.
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com):"Derrick Rose - All these PG's have the skills to excel in this competition. I like Rose here because he's probably the quickest and time matters."
Reaction: Ohhhhhhhh yeah, I totally rule. Really, I am great. Only one other person picked Rose. At least two of us bloggers are super duper smart.
3 Point Shootout
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com):"Kapono - A very uninspiring field. I mean, Cook and Bibby?!?! I might as well go with Kapono to see if he can Three-Peat."
Reaction: Cook?!?! Really!?!? Man, I don't think anyone saw that coming...
Slam Dunk Contest
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com): "Howard - Ugh, possibly the worst and most lame field in dunk contest history. What are they doing, giving Howard the victory on a silver platter?"
College Wolf (Twolvesblog.com):"East - Their starting lineup is just insane. They have waaaaay too much firepower."
To be honest, I was slightly disappointed in the AS Weekend in general. Perhaps it was because I didn't watch the events in "real time" Saturday night, thus wasn't able to fully appreciate the build up and suspense, I don't know. Maybe they were just lame(r) than the past seasons. It also didn't help that the 3 point contest was a disaster, and no one looked like they were even trying in the skills competition. I didn't see HORSE live or on DVR, so I can't comment too much there. I saw extended highlights of the AS game on Sunday, but not the entire game. Maybe the epic fail goes to College Wolf for not putting his heart into the events. I certainly won't deny that.
As we have now established, I'm not qualified to recap this past weekends events. HOWEVER, some of our valued forum members posted some in-depth, interesting, and insightful reviews in our AS Weekend forum thread. You can check out the forum, or continue on reading for their comments that I have transcribed word for word below:
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Reaction: Complete and Utter Epic Monster Fail. I couldn't have been more wrong. Two people actually guessed Lil Nate was going to win. I was shocked. Then again, it was somewhat of a let down this year.
Reaction: Unfortunately the game was a boring blowout. Really, it wasn't even close. Much like my prediction.
The original title of this article was going to be Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You. A million puns are at a writer’s disposal when penning a Timberwolves column these days, thanks to rookie Kevin Love. Being a huge fan of 70’s b-list celebrity dramas I opted for The Love Boat reference. As it turns out, the Love Boat’s sinister twin, Fantasy Island, is the more apt 70’s b-list celebrity drama metaphor to describe the state of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sometime after Christmas and shortly before his death, Mr. Rourke welcomed the 2008-09 Timberwolves to Fantasy Island.
“Who is this Mr. Rourke.” Tatoo asked.
“Ah, Tatoo, these are the Minnesota Timberwolves. Mr. Jefferson’s fantasy is to be a professional basketball all-star. Mr. Foye desires to live up to his potential as a basketball player, Mr. Love wants to be recognized as one of the best rookies in the game, Mr. McHale is seeking vindication for ridiculous decisions and the team, Tattoo, the team wants to experience victory, but not just one, but many to give their downtrodden fans some hope.”
What guests on Fantasy Island quickly discover is that a mind meld is only a motion away.
The Timberwolves laughed it up in January as they reeled off 10 wins in 12 games. In the process Big Al was punctuating an All-Star first half by establishing his post game as the best in the NBA, Kevin Love was proving to be the best young rebounder in the NBA, Randy Foye remembered how to play basketball and Kevin McHale’s team was winning and grinning.
Then the mind meld began. Big Al was an all-star snub. Kevin Love was inexplicably left out of the Rookie/Sophomore game. The Lakers and Celtics reminded the Timberwolves how young they were with beat downs in consecutive games while Randy Foye forgot how to play basketball again. A week later Big Al tore his ACL and suddenly Mr. Rourke was handing the Timberwolves coconut drinks and wishing them a safe departure from Fantasy Island.
Watching the first game without Big Al was brutal and a familiar feeling surfaced throughout the game, an ugly feeling. I wanted the team to lose. I hated the sensation because I’d sworn off rooting for the team to tank. The NBA Draft Lottery is what losing teams hope for and this is why Big Al’s injury has left Timberwolves fans wandering willy-nilly through the rest of this season. We don’t want to go back to the old hope, we liked the new hope better.
The following article comes from a time and place where hope and victories had conjoined, leading us here, once again, to disappointment. The article was ready to run when Big Al went down and suddenly the words don’t seem real anymore and serve better as an example of how hopeful this Timberwolves fan had become and is entirely too evident of what has come to pass.
Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You
There’s a remarkable story happening in Minnesota this 2008-09 NBA season, not that anyone really notices. ESPN is too busy hyping another Spurs(yawn) Lakers(zzzzzz) game taking place two weeks from now. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves went 10-4 in January. The Minnesota Timberwolves. Remember? You used to pay attention to these cagers when they employed a superstar? Forget it. It’s not worth it, besides Dirk and Nash are about to play each other for the 30th time since they were tragically separated 5 years ago.
I’m not saying the Timberwolves should be hailed as an emerging NBA power, no, far from it, in fact, most of those January wins came against bad teams but sometimes there’s a good story to be told in sports not involving a mega superstar?
Here’s the thing, those 10 January wins emerged out of the most despondent two months in Timberwolves history. I don’t think the NBA or national media realize how bad things had gotten in this burg. The mere mention of the Timberwolves as they ran willy-nilly to a 4-23 start induced sharp pains in the hearts of Timberwolves fans. The franchise was never in a darker place. Timberwolves fans had not only lost KG but watched KG win a championship with Boston, subsequently realizing how long the road back to the playoffs, let alone a championship, actually was. In fact, the road wasn’t even visible.
With glazed over eyes peering through fingers fans watched their ballclub start the season 4-23 and watched with horror as Randy Foye forgot how to play basketball as box scores across the land were teeming with OJ Mayo 20 point lines AND Brandon Roy was dropping 52 on someone AND it was getting dark at 4:30 in the afternoon AND the worst winter in a decade was in its infancy AND the 5th worst coach in NBA history, Randy Wittman, was leading the team to basketball hell.
Then something happened. After abiding an 8-game losing streak to start the Kevin McHale coaching regime, the team went 10-4 in January, including a 5-1 record on the road. The Timberwolves were precariously close to a 13-1 month. Miami was left off the hook in a home game that could have gone either way and two 7 footers, Mehmet Okur and Rasheed Wallace, rained 3’s down on the Wolves in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of losses at Utah and home against Detroit. After going 2-14 in December, January was a miracle on wood as the Timberwolves authored a 10 win month for the first time in 4 years.
Kevin McHale was named NBA Coach of the Month for leading the January turnaround but this did little to appease fans frustration over the omissions of Al Jefferson and Kevin Love from their respective all-star games.
Al Jefferson is averaging 23 and 11, joining Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan as the only 20/10ers in the NBA. Big Al punctuated his first half with a 39 point, put the team in the station wagon road trip through the Chicago Bulls just a few days before West reserves were selected. However, there aren’t many delusions in this town when it comes to pro basketball and jaded Timberwolves fans could see Big Al’s fate a mile away. We knew the score. The NBA All-Star game is in Phoenix, thus, Shaq was going to be named in front of Big Al because it’s how da NBA works don’t ya know? Yeah. Sure.
While the Big Al snub was frustrating, the omission of Kevin Love from the Rookie-Sophomore game was downright absurd and insulting. The kid has exhibited the skill to potentially be the best rookie in the gifted 2008 draft class. At the very least he is doing more to help his team consistently win than any other rookie in the league. Has anybody in the NBA seen this guy play? Love is a magician out there and he’d be the Meadowlark Lemon of the Rookie/Sophomore game.
Hey NBA, don’t you think Timberwolves fans deserve a little something? Just a little nibble? No, Kevin McHale being named Coach of the Month does nothing to placate the exclusion of Love and Jefferson. McHale is still not a made man in this state and the only way he ever will be is if the team’s recent play translates into a decade of playoff appearances beginning next season. He’s certainly not going to be made for getting named coach of the month. I do have to give McHale credit for trading for Kevin Love along with getting rid of soul suckers like Ricky Davis, Mark Blount and Marko Jaric, still, this doesn’t erase the failure of not acquiring the pieces to win a championship with KG. Yes, he was burned by Marbury, it’s a broken record, it’s Timberwolves scripture. If McHale wants to erase his seemingly indelible legacy as an awful general manager, he’s going to have to coach his way out of it. Now, please, whoever’s making personnel decisions down on 1st Avenue, go get a legitimate veteran point guard and a 7 footer who can tie his own shoes.
The Wolves are celebrating their 20th anniversary season and, yes, some of the Timberwolves greatest moments have occurred in losses. Timberwolves broadcaster Tom Hanneman will be like, “Tony Campbell scorched Dallas for 23 points on February 21st, 1991 as the Mavericks snuck past the Timberwolves 120-89.” So it goes being a Timberwolves fan. So it goes.
There have been a few gems though and one of them occurred on MLK Day 2000 when the late-great Malik Sealy drained a three as time expired against the Indiana Pacers. Trent Tucker was the analyst on that MLK Day 2000 and as euphoric teammates piled on Sealy, Trent Tucker yelled, and I’m paraphrasing, “If you don’t love the effort of this basketball team and you don’t love the way they play basketball, you don’t love yourself!”
Damn. You don’t love yourself. Amazing.
Where would this team be with Foye and Mayo in the backcourt and Kevin Love performing magic tricks in Memphis? More than likely stuck in some point guard/shooting guard rotational waltz where time stops and all life is sucked out of a franchise already gasping for breath. Drafting Mayo would have left Foye in the shadows and probably on his way out of town and, as I’ve written before, the real possibility of Minnesota being only a pit stop for OJ Mayo. Mayo would be averaging 20 points a game and it would have been exciting for a while but the future of the team would be suffering. More importantly, the Timberwolves would not have the services of Kevin Love.
The most encouraging thing about these Timberwolves is the 20 year old rookie. I would not trade Kevin Love for O.J. Mayo straight up. The kid is Basketball Buddha.
In my opinion, Kevin Love is going to be a better basketball player than OJ Mayo. There’s no questioning the talent of OJ Mayo and that’s not what I’m doing here, this isn’t about talent or scoring, it’s about the uniqueness of Kevin Love. He’s a singular player in this league, the same can’t be said about OJ Mayo.
The guy is a ridiculous rebounder, like Dennis Rodman ridiculous, without the clown shoes. In January, Kevin Love led the NBA with an insane 20 rebounds/per 48 minutes. His defensive ability is far under-rated and improving every game and he’s only now starting to hit the mid-range jumper that he hit with regularity at UCLA. The most positive thing about Kevin Love’s game? He helps a team win and he’s twenty years old.
Hope is what I’m talking about. This isn’t a prediction of greatness for this team, or a claim that their time is about to come, rather, this is a statement of hope when only a short time ago it seemed there was none.
It’s been hard around here without KG. Timberwolves fans looked forward to every single game that man played. I look forward to watching Big Al play, but lately, it’s Kevin Love who I keep my eyes trained on.
What an amazing thing that Timberwolves went 10-4 in January after the dark days of November and December. The future is, at least, visible again, spring is coming and if you don’t love the effort of this basketball team, and you don’t love watching the basketball oddity that is Kevin Love, you don’t love yourself.
As February grinds on, it’s hard for Timberwolves fans to feel the love in yet another lost season in Timberwolves history.
I was recently approached by Jeff Wong at Pete Marasmitch to give some insight into the NBA player formerly known as a one "Marcus Banks." He compiled my thoughts along with a few others, to come up with the ULTIMATE MARCUS BANKS SCOUTING REPORT. (Sorry, but I felt the need to capitalize something as intensive as that is.)
Here is what I contributed about our favorite ex-TWolf point guard:
"My first response would be to say, I remember him scoring a bunch of points in a handful of games, but other than that he was largely unspectacular. To be fair, I think the reason his best statistical season was with the Wolves can be attributed to playing alongside Kevin Garnett. If you take some time to look at the roster of playoff teams in the Wolves history, you’ll see that they are largely KG and filler. What I am getting at is that KG can (and does) make everyone around him better. So that would be my guess as to why it might look like Banks did well during his short time in Minnesota.
To go a bit more in-depth, his strengths were that he was strong and had great quickness, particularly when taking the ball to the hoop. If I remember correctly, he was somewhere between an “average at best” and “horrific” jump shooter. I remember cringing whenever he would shoot, and especially when he’d hoist up three-point bricks. However, myself and other fans did like the way that he would take the ball to the rack on occasion, resulting in a pretty lay-up, or more often, foul shots. So he did have that going for him. He was capable of making some great passes and setting up teammates, but he was largely inconsistent in that facet. Banks would be prone to turning the ball over with much more frequency than you’d see a spectacular pass.
I can’t say that he was a great point guard by any means, and I think his floor vision was probably average at best. I don’t remember him being a leader on the court by any means, so that doesn’t bode well either. Other weaknesses were that he was not a good defender, although he had the quickness and size. I just don’t think he “got it” on the defensive end. He was tantalizing in that regard, because he had all the tools to be a good defender, but just couldn’t put it together into a complete package. I already spoke of his poor shooting from anywhere that wasn’t a lay-up, and if I remember correctly there were a lot of issues regarding his attitude and character when he came on board with the Wolves. I don’t think his reputation served him well on our squad, nor has it probably since then. Thank God the Suns signed him away from us."
Anyways, check out the ULTIMATE MARCUS BANKS SCOUTING REPORT for more info (it's a good read) and a trip down memory lane. If you dare.no comments
T-Wolves (17-33) -vs.- Toronto Raptors (19-34)
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN (2.10.09)
It's the first game of the new "Big Al-less" era of the Minnesota Timberwolves. How will they react? Will other players step up? How many minutes will KevLar be playing? How we will get his shots off against the opposition's best post player on a nightly basis? Will the Wolves be able to score 90 points? 80? The rest of the season could be some trying times for both the team, and its fans.
With Rhino out in addition to Al, this game has the potential to be a bloodbath. It most definitely might not be a pretty game. (They are Raptors after all, of course there will be blood.) Luckily for us, their All-Star Chris Bosh isn't playing. Not that it matters, they will still clobber us.
So what do you guys think? Do we have a chance tonight? Personally, I say hide the women and children.
On a lighter note, I did a mini Q&A with our brother Bloguin site Hoop Heads North. Since I want you to go check out his new blog, I won't post my answers here on TWB. It's only a click away... go check them out. (In fairness, I didn't realize that Bosh wasn't playing tonight when I answered his third question.)
Blogging + Ranking Things in Lists = Awesomness. If you want to check out how I voted and my super witty and extremely humorous stupid un-funny comments, just scroll down a little ways. Feel free to mock and ridicule my voting as you see fit. My comments must really suck lately, because I've only gotten like a total of 2 featured in the past two editions. I need to step my game up.
The Seventh Edition of the Blogger MVP/ROY Rankings is being hosted by our fellow Timberpuppies blog, CanisHoopus.com. They do a great job, and make all kinds of posts everyday with silly numbers and some thing they call "advanced statistics." I'm not entirely sure what they all mean, but somehow they are able to prove Kevin Love is actually a good player and Big Al = God. So yeah, check them out.
EDITION 1 (HoopsAddict)
EDITION 2 (Upside And Motor)
EDITION 3 (The Dream Shake)
EDITION 4 (Raptors HQ)
EDITION 5 (Truth About It dot net)
EDITION 6 (Reds Army)
EDITION 7 (CanisHoopus)
If you want to check out how I voted and my super witty and extremely humorous stupid un-funny comments, just scroll down a little ways. Feel free to mock and ridicule my voting as you see fit. My comments must really suck lately, because I've only gotten like a total of 2 featured in the past two editions. I need to step my game up.
MVP: (5 = 1, 4 = 2 and so on)
After careful consideration, I wasn't going to inundate you with my boring rankings and comments decided to post my rankings and comments for my 10 MVP's and 5 Rookies of the Year below:
(10 = 1, 9 = 2, 8 = 3 and so on)
10. Big Al Jefferson: MAYNHOLUP!!!
9. Dirk: I feel like he has been underappreciated this season because of how much the Mavs have been struggling.
8. Danny Granger: He seems about appreciated correctly. He did make the All-Star game from a losing team, after all.
7. Tim Duncan: We are still waiting for extra terrestrials to return “the real Tim Duncan” and take their robotic cyborg version back with them.
6. Paul Pierce: The one constant for the Celtics all these years. Some people will argue that he’s not even the best player on his team, but he’s clearly one of their most important leaders. Also, the best overall record in the league should not be ignored.
5. Kobe Bryant: I honestly have no counter argument regarding Kobe contending for the MVP award this season. In that light, I have rewarded him by moving him up one spot in my rankings from my previous ballot for Edition 6. Way to go Kobe u r da b0mb!
3. Dwight Howard: What would happen if he could consistently hit his free throws and developed a 15 foot jumper? I think the universe would implode upon itself.
4. Chris Paul: Where would this team be without Chris Paul? Probably in Vegas is my guess…
2. D-Wade: So I called up D-Wizzzzle the other night cuz I wanted to tell him how much of a true playa pimp he’s been lately, and I was like: “Yo D-Waaaazzzzzup! Man, you on fire home slice! Yo you gunna single handily carry dis team to da playoffs boooo-ey. Wat wuld dey do without you prolly like win 10 games mahn. Da L ain’t got nothin on you! Play on playa, fo shiz.” At this point I finally realized he had hung up the line a while ago.
1. LeBron James: It’s just not fair to everyone else.
5. Brook Lopez: Not much shakeup in the Rookie rankings for this edition, as these five guys I voted for are starting to look like the crème of the crop. The fact that Brook “I heart Disney” Lopez of all people has turned out to be a BEAST, earns him at least a top 5 ranking.
4. Russell Westbrook: He’s averaging 15/5/4 and has shown himself to be a legit playa in the NBA. Who knew he could play PG like he has been? He’s eligible for this list without even mentioning his superb defense and freakish athleticism.
3. Kevin Love: Even a “Supa-Hata” like myself can no longer ignore what KevLar is doing out there on the court. And all those advanced mumbo jumbo voodoo statistics will tell slow people like myself that he’s really, really good. Now about that Rookie-Sophomore game on All-Star weekend…
2. OJ Mayo: Has rebounded nicely from a tough spell a few weeks ago. As of writing this, he’s currently went off for 21, 32, and 33 points in consecutive games. His shooting percentages have been superb lately, and he’s already a leader on that hapless Memphis squad.
1. Derrick Rose: He’s the “LeBron” of the rookie blogger rankings this season. I just don’t feasibly see anyone overtaking him for the ROY award. If gambling were legal I’d bet my mortgage on it.
(5 = 1, 4 = 2 and so on)