I have been a Tony Parker hater from the start. I truly, truly have. However, the guy is incredible and has won me over. I should have used him as the ideal example for Rubio. What an array of shots/moves/fakes Parker possesses. He is definitely in the running for most underrated player of his generation. Isn't it amazing that after all 20+ years of TWolves basketball that the best guard we ever had is probably a young Stephon Marbury (Starbury!! get your Starbury gear here:
, REBIRTH) I suppose it depends on your fondness for Sam Cassell (hilarious and awesome) or maybe Terrell Brandon (steady, steady, steady when not injured).
This also gets me thinking... let's pick an all-time TWolves starting 5 and a sixth man that would represent the wolves if every team was to do the same. You pick the first player.
Regarding K Love's imminent departure, I think the Bulls can put together the best package with Boozer, Mirotic and 2 #1's (one is the Bobcats pick) coming back for KLove. I actually think that trade would help both teams assuming that Mirotic is the player people say he is. We are still so incredibly bad at SF. Sigh...
That's why you have them add Jimmy Butler to the trade. I really hate talking about Love and his impending free agency because this season is depressing enough. It is the story of the day everywhere whenever it is a slow news day (otherwise known as JR Smith not doing anything ridiculous) and we are a year and a half away from The Event. Either way, I do not recall being this down on the Wolves in general in a long time. I could get by the rebuilding years, understood the injuries, but this year the Wolves are facing a much-more-viscous-than-ever expected Western Conference, and it is only going to get more viscous next year with New Orleans ready to run, and teams retooling in the biggest draft in 10 years while the Wolves sit and watch with no pick. If the Wolves finish 9th in the West (VERY likely) they will both not make the playoffs AND surrender their pick to Phoenix. No cap room or tradeable assets for upgrades, and a lot of bad players on the team, and a coach who I am really starting to have doubts about. I am very, very down on the Wolves right now. So let's go back to your all-time Wolves team idea because thinking about the current team negatively effects my mood.
How about we do a full roster?! This is tough because the Wolves have always had good big men/PG's and poor swing-men.
PG: Pre-nutso Marbury, Cassell, Brandon
SG: Sprewell, Martin
SF: Kirilenko, Wally
PF: Garnett, Love, Gugliotta
C: Pekovic, Rasho (am I missing someone here?)
And what All-Time Wolves team would be complete without an all-time novelty player 2nd team? Open to tweaks on both:
PG: Igor Rakocevic, Shane Heal
SG: Richie Frahm, Marko Jaric
SF: Bill Curley, Brian Cardinal, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Antoine Walker
PF: Reggie Slater, Mark Madsen, Oliver Miller
C: Mark Blount, Stojko Vrankovic,
There are a lot of hysterical big men than have come and gone through Target Center. Tough roster to balance. Your thoughts?
Pretty solid roster on both the teams. I would probably add Large Albus in over Gugliotta, but that's because without him and his tutorial on post moves, my own game would not be the same ("catch the ball, pump...jab....jab...pump, dribble, BUCKET!). Speaking of which, nice inclusion of Rasho ("Rasho's tips on free throws: practice, practice, practice). Amazing that Kirilenko, and thus far Martin, have played one year for the Wolves yet they are on the all-time wolves team, and really i don't think it is debatable. What miserable drafting/luck/Kaaaahhhhhnnnnn management.
Some other names I toss out there for consideration on the comedy/notables team: Felton Spencer, JR Rider, Hollywood Robinson, Spud Webb, Christian Laettner, and perhaps Tyrone Corbin who's thunderous dunk during another meaningless Wolves blowout loss gave me the joy of hearing a young Kevin Harlan exclaim, "Tyrone Corbin down the lane with impunity!!!!!" Good stuff. More than anything, I think this team is lacking someone to spit the hottest rhymes. As the only known owner of Troy Hudson's debut album "un drafted" I am shocked he did not make the cut....explain yourself!!
MR: How could I forget Large Albus Jefferson and THud? I made that list quick and sometimes the answers are right in front of you. I think I am indeed one of 73 people who own an actual copy of T-Huds' Rap Album "Undrafted." Some good additions on your part and the Harlan years were indeed fantastic. We will close with this before it gets too long winded. After the loss to the Kings Wednesday, I am not sure what to really think anymore. The Wolves making the playoffs at this point will probably have to be a matter of circumstance/default which is what you never want. This is also not sustainable because the Wolves a) have next to no assets to make a trade, and b) the Western Conference next year is going to be twice as brutal as it is this year in my opinion. Your outlook on the rest of the year?
TC: Well I just watched the Utah/Wolves games and I think that it serves as an accurate microcosm of how the rest of the year shall go. I think our first team is very solid even with Brewer and Rubio's substantial deficiencies. We can at minimum hang with good teams and trounce bad teams. However as you saw in the second quarter vs. Utah on Saturday, we have nothing resembling a second unit unless Pek/K Love are out there to anchor it and even then opposing defenses swarm them because they have no fear of any one outside of Buddy Budinger. I look for this team to finish 1-5 games above .500 and possibly snag the 8 seed.
MR: I really hope you are right sir. They will have to start beating good teams to make it, and will have to go on a big run, winning 5-6+ in a row here to get back in the mix. They run the gauntlet this weekend. The Utah blowouts dug me out a bit of a mental Wolves hole for the time being. Time to turn it on.