A ditty from yesterday afternoon seems to suggest Philly may keep the #2 pick.
The Sixers have never said so publicly, but - by all accounts - they are poised to use the No. 2 pick to select Evan Turner, of Ohio State.
"We're listening to anybody who calls, but we have not shopped the No. 2 pick whatsoever," Stefanski said. "We don't shut our phones off, but it would take a blockbuster for us to consider moving the pick."
Fantastic Off-Topic Fun
I feel obligated to link to this fantastic site, ShamSports.com, which has a legendary series of columns called "Where are They Now?" This may be old news but I discovered this one recently and have been trying to slowly make my way through ever since. Each entry contains several guys you likely have never heard of, but also contains several novelty players, including Todd Fuller, who took my vote for best entry:
Fuller is now a busy little bee, with a variety of things going on. His number was retired by North Carolina State in 2007, and he sponsors the "Todd Fuller Maths Competition" at a North Carolina high school. He tours the globe participating in voluntary basketball camps, and he serves on the Airport Advisory Committee for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. (Fuller is a FAA certified pilot in the Charlotte area, so that figures.) He also teaches applied mathematics at Charlotte Christian School. Here's his phone number.
Check it out.
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A Rube Chat poster has been gracious to supply this "premium" content for the rest of us out there. I'm not a fan of the latest development in the slightest.
In case you don't feel like watching that video clip, the interview transcript can be found here at timberwolves.com. Here are some of the more interesting things Kahn had to say:
Jonah Ballow: And what about Pekovic and Milicic and what they are going to do as far as their future with this ballclub?
David Kahn: Pekovic would like to come to the NBA now, I think he's at the right frame of mind and right moment, he's 24 years old, he turns 25 this offseason, and I think he's very ready. Darko wants to come back to us. And that's a good thing, he said so at the end of this seaons and reaffirmed it at the end of this trip and so come July 1st when it's time to do free-agency that's something that we will have to start dealing with, but there's a sense and chance that both of those players, Nikola and Darko, could be back with us, in Darko's case back with us and Nikola for the first time
Jonah Ballow: You were asked during the workouts if you would be surprised on draft night if the team had No. 4, 16, and 23. Do you still feel the same way?
David Kahn: Yes, I think it's highly unlikely that will have the exact same three picks. That could be what happens but I just think that is unlikely. I think we will be aggressive and I think other teams will be aggressive because it takes two to make a deal. With so many picks, we have a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different types of things and I'm still just trying to figure out what to do at this point. The likely scenario is we will be aggressive and active.
If Pekovic is coming over this season, that means for sure that either Al or Love is getting traded, right? That better be the case anyways, how many power forwards can a team have.
The Timberwolves apparently want Gay – Memphis can match any offer – to be the lynchpin of … whatever it is decision-maker David Kahn is trying to do. A lineup of Flynn, Corey Brewer, Gay, Love and Jefferson could be as good as Memphis was last year. (Although having Gay and Love in the same lineup will obviously lead to humor and humorous photos.) Minnesota has three first-round picks, so perhaps they could package them with Love or Jefferson to move up a spot or two to make sure they get a legit center (DeMarcus Cousins?). Would that be enough to get Ricky Rubio to leave Spain?
I'll pass on the Gay Love. He just hasn't proven himself to be a difference maker and would be a real travesty if we overpay this guy. Let's face it, the only way he's coming here is we severely overpay him.
In case you missed it, or refuse to watch it as to not give David Stern the satisfaction of getting your viewership for his crappy NBA games, the Lakers beat the Celtics last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Finals. Ray Allen had an all-time bad choke job, going 0-13 shooting. How does one of the best shooters in NBA history go 0-13 in the Finals? Choke job. Plain and simple. KG was awesome, everyone else sucked except for the Boston bench players. Lakers suck. NBA sucks. Let's not talk about it anymore.
Speaking of the Celtics, Peter May at ESPN has a great article on the behind the scenes workings of the KG deal and how the Celtics wouldn't budge on giving us Rondo.
Taylor didn't buy it. Why, he wondered, would the Celtics jeopardize a deal for a first-ballot Hall of Famer, a game-changer, for a player who had been in the league for only one season? All the other pieces were in place. But the Timberwolves demanded Rondo. Grousbeck would not budge and told Taylor to get back to him no later than 5 p.m. that day. He had to know either way. Grousbeck also agreed to pay a portion of Sebastian Telfair's salary. The Celtics were quite willing to include him in the deal instead of Rondo.
Grousbeck was alone on the aforementioned beach when his cellphone rang. It was the end of July. It was Taylor on the line. He had blinked. The Timberwolves would take Telfair and drop their demand that Rondo be included in the deal.
Anybody catch the shot of Kurt Rambis and Kevin Love in the stands during Celtics/Lakers Game 2 last night?
Yup, after 21 years of waiting, I was finally able to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves participate in the NBA Finals. It was a dream come true. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that's the closest this team is going to come to the Finals for quite some time...
Recently, Rubio expressed his desire to play in 2011-12, but wants the Wolves to make some serious improvements to the squad that finished with a dismal 15-67 record last season.
Spanish team Barça bought out Rubio’s contract for €3.5 million ($5.0 million), then put a clause in his six-year deal with the club that would allow a more manageable buyout of $1.4 million (Timberwolves pay $500,000).
Rubio met with Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis last week, and walked away feeling “he can envision playing for Kurt,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
However, the 19-year old phenom may want to be traded if Minnesota continues its horrid play.
So it sounds like Ricky is open to playing for the Wolves as long as we don't suck. Unfortunately, "not sucking" is something that this franchise tends to struggle with. Still, there's hope, and hope is what we need the most right now.
One team that will make a strong run at Gay is the Minnesota Timberwolves. Team owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations David Kahn have already targeted Gay as an attainable player to uplift the struggling franchise.
If this free-agent signing goes through, then I hope the Georgia Tech forward falls to us at #4. We may only win 18 games next season, but no other team in the league could trot out a starting five with the comedy of... wait for it... Corey Brewer Favors Gay Love Sessions.
The Warriors and Timberwolves have reportedly discussed a trade that would send Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for the Wolves' #4 pick and "maybe" Al Jefferson or Kevin Love.
Ok, I've heard the #4 for the #6 and Randolph rumor, but what's this "maybe" Al Jefferson or Kevin Love talk? Worst. Trade. Ever.
And that's about all the Wolves news I could scrounge up at the moment. If anything interesting comes up throughout the day (doubtful), I'll do some updating. At any rate, there's very little to nothing in this news piece that wasn't already posted over the weekend in our awesome TWB Forum. If you aren't checking it out or participating regularly, what are you waiting for? It's by far the best part of this site!
Now we'll wrap up with the latest poll in our TWB Reader Mock Draft
With the 7th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select...
Greg Monroe, Power Forward from Georgetown
With the 8th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select...
Not much going on around your beloved Wolves these days, except mostly baseless draft and/or trade speculation. With that said, we'll try to bring all the Wolves news here to our loyal readers, especially anything breaking (ha.) And for any of you that somehow didn't know... the Lakers and Celtics are facing off (again) in the NBA Finals starting this Thursday night. The Celtics and Lakers have combined for 32 out of the 63 total NBA championships. That is sick and absurd. Anyways, I'll take the Celtics in 6. They've got the better team, despite the fact that the Lakers have the best player. Git it!!!
* Look for Timberwolves GM David Kahn to be active trying to trade up from the fourth pick to the second pick for a chance to take Turner. Don't be surprised if either Al Jefferson or Kevin Love is traded by draft night.
* If the Wolves stay at No. 4 and don't move either up or down, they'll likely choose from between Johnson, Cousins or possibly Wake Forest small forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
- Looks like he covered all the bases while saying nothing. We might trade up. We might not. We might trade Al or Love. We might stay at #4 and draft someone crappy. Thanks for nothing Bob.
Minnesota GM David Kahn is actively trying to trade up from the fourth pick to the second pick for a chance to take Ohio State's Evan Turner. Also, don't be surprised if either Al Jefferson or Kevin Love is traded by draft night.
- So he knows for sure that the Wolves are trying to trade up for the #2 pick? And that Love or Al could very well be traded? Or, perhaps he has the same "sources" as Mr. Finnan?
The Timberwolves learned the hard way last season what happens to NBA teams who rotate players who are below average in speed, leaping ability, and lateral quickness out on the wings.
They go 15-67.
Ryan Gomes and Damien Wilkins are both solid professionals and smart, veteran players. They both can offer solid contributions to a team, both tangible and intangible. But if they're your two small forwards, today's NBA is literally going to run past you.
Potential Future Wolves?
- Yes, it's pretty clear that the Wolves desperately need some win help. I think there a few more options than Mr. Louwagie listed in his article, but not bad.
When a team has lottery pick in the NBA Draft, the teams are looking to find that franchise player. An athlete that has the ability, personality, potential and hype to become the face of the team and fill the arena.
Once outside the lottery and late into the first round and second rounds, teams start to take chances on players. While the first round is filled with potential, the second if filled with young international players, seasoned college players, and players that do one thing really well that makes them valuable.
You now why teams don’t use a lottery pick on a one dimensional players? Hasheem Thabeet.
Teams that use a high draft pick on a player who has shown very limited skills out-side that one specific skill, are typically disappointed.
If the Wolves keep their fourth pick and draft Wesley Johnson, and are able to land Luke Babbitt at sixteen, they will need to address the post with the twenty-third pick. And lucky, there are plenty of players who will be available at No. 23 that have the size and ability the Wolves need. Having three first round picks, the Wolves may be more willing to take a chance on a player with potential and “upside”.
- If we draft Wesley Johnson, Luke Babitt, and one of these defensive guys that he lists in his article, if THAT is the extent of our draft in the biggest off-season in this team's history... you might as well move this team to Vegas or Seattle right now. That draft/off-season would doom us to a decade of 15-20 win seasons.
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Follow the link in our forums here. Also do feel free to register with us and comment on that and other topics. Any interview between Barriero and Kahn is good, but this one was surprisingly short. It's encouraging to hear Kahn does not appear against absorbing a bad contract in order to really move ahead in terms of personnel. While I may not agree with that at its extreme, this is quite encouraging to hear as a fan.
Need some new Draft Material?
Check out this well written blog, NBA Draft Blog, which breaks down several players and abilities in detail. They discuss a lot of "non-high profile" guys which is great for those of us who don't follow the NCAA religiously.
Rumor: Rudy Fernandez and the #22 for the #16?
A linkless, speculative forum post at RealGM met with surprisingly negative responses. Post-worthy still. I have read a few comments at a few other Wolves-sites-that-shall-not-be-named clamoring for a Fernandez/Batum for the 4th pick deal as a great trade for us. I personally would have a spontaneous bowel movement if that happened. As for the trade above, a decent move I'd say. I worry though becuase Rudy seems unhappy in the NBA and I don't want to miss out on a guy like Paul George, who might have more upside than Rudy. Either way, Fernandez here doesn't exactly hurt our chances of getting Rubio over here...someday....
A recap of today's workouts, including the all-but-perfect future Wolf Luke Harangody
Question: How did the workout go today? Harangody: "It was a great workout, it was a good group of guys. Very intense and physical, just what you would expect from one of these. I've been through this process before so I'm used to it by now."
Question: We heard you took a little dive into the seats today... Harangody: "Yeah (laughs), it gets physical in here and people are trying to get a job so anything goes now...I'm going to be that energy guy, come into these workouts and just do the dirty work and hopefully do the same thing next year."
Question: Do you feel like you have to change your game a bit for the NBA? Harangody: "Yeah, I'm not going to be the same player that I was in college, there's going to be a lot of things I have to change up, catching on the perimeter and facing up, things like that."
Question: How is your three-point shooting now? Harangody: "I'm trying to step out a little bit more, shooting the NBA-three more as the weeks go by and just be more comfortable shooting out there."
I hate to say it, but I wouldn't be opposed to drafting him in the 2nd round if available. Primarily to replace Cardinal as the chief source of comic relief on the roster. However, the guy can flat out shoot and score. I see him as a Ryan Anderson type role-player in the future. Also an interview with Scottie Reynolds (no relation).
Star Tribune Writeup on Charles Garcia/Wolves Updates
That he feels overlooked is understandable. How many times did Seattle University, where Garcia averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, appear on national TV? How many games did the Redhawks win in the NCAA tournament? How big of a ripple did his 41-point eruption against Wofford create?
Kahn and Wolves coach Kurt Rambis left Wednesday night for Europe, where they will watch guard Ricky Rubio and center Nikola Pekovic play twice apiece next week. They also will visit free agent Darko Milicic, who has said he hopes to re-sign with the Wolves next season.
Ford's Latest Mock has 76ers taking Favors at 2.
Ford continues to shift things around just to get people talking, which should come as no surprise.
Analysis: While GM Ernie Grunfeld continues to maintain that the Wizards haven't made any decisions and plan to bring in both Wall and Turner to work out, a Wizards source at the NBA draft combine acknowledged to me privately that the team will take Wall barring any unforeseen complications with his physical.
While a backcourt of Wall and Gilbert Arenas does raise some questions, it should be fine. Arenas has always been more of a 2-guard anyway, and Wall's star quality makes him the obvious choice for the Wizards to build around.
Here are the prospects that worked out earlier today at the Target Center:
Ryan Thompson, G, Rider
Elijah Millsap, G, UAB
Matt Bouldin, G, Gonzaga
Lazar Hayward, F, Marquette
Charles Garcia, F, Seattle
Trevor Booker, F, Clemson
Jerome Randle, G, California
Scottie Reynolds, G, Villanova
Landry Fields, G/F, Stanford
Tim Ohlbrecht, F, Germany
Luc Louves, F, France
Luke Harangody, F, Notre Dame
Yeah I'm not getting excited over these prospects either...except for Luke Harangody!! I hope we take him with the 4th pick The 7th and final group will workout tomorrow morning and features these prospects:
There's a surprisingly large amount of quality info to be found on the TWolves Draft Central 2010 site. Interviews, sound bites, articles, workout recaps... everything you could want can be found HERE.
TUESDAY PROSPECT WORKOUTS AT TARGET CENTER:
Manny Harris, G, Michigan Sylven Landesberg, G, Virginia Lance Stephenson, G, Cincinnati Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut Ryan Richards, F, England Jarvis Varnado, F, Mississippi Afternoon Session:
Andy Rautins, G, Syracuse Denis Clemente, G, Kansas State Tommy Mason-Griffin, G, Oklahoma Donald Sloan, G, Texas A&M Craig Brackins, F, Iowa State Latavious Williams, F, Tulsa 66ers (NBDL)
- Lots of quality names here, more so than Monday's workouts at least. I'm intrigued by Stephenson, Robinson, and Varnado, among others.
TWolves Looking at Wesley Johnson with the #4 Pick
(Timberwolves General Manager David) Kahn and Wolves coach Kurt Rambis have identified an athletic small forward/shooting guard as a key offseason priority for the club, and Johnson, a first-team All-American last season, appears to fill that role. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale called Johnson the best small forward in the draft.
"Johnson would be a solid pick for Minnesota," (ESPN college basketball analyst Dick) Vitale said. "He's got the athleticism, quickness and explosiveness you want in a player at his position."
- Gahhhhh, this scares me. Drafting Wes Johnson at #4 just screams for another 15-18 win season. As stated here on TWB a billion times already this off-season, the Wolves absolutely must hit a huge home run, nay, a grand slam this off-season and draft. Taking Johnson with only a few other moves screams medocricy and that Taylor is just looking at the bottom line. The Wolves have lost a lot of money the past few years, but the only way to change that is to win. This won't get it done. Nevermind the fact that Brewer + Johnson on the perimeter together would be a disaster. Neither can create their own shot, or even dribble very well. This would make me cry.
Coach Rambis "Important Partner" in Shaping Wolves Roster
When Kurt Rambis became the Timberwolves coach last August, president of basketball operations David Kahn had completed most of the moves that left only five players from the 2008-09 roster.
The timing is much better now for Rambis, who is following through on comments he made during the NBA regular season that he wants to be more involved in the team's offseason plans.
"I will be very active ... extremely active," Rambis said Monday after the first session of workouts this week at Target Center for players available in the June 24 NBA draft. "I understood there were a lot of business decisions made last year. This year we'll be making personnel decisions, and that's a huge difference."
Rambis traveled with Kahn to Chicago last week for the NBA's predraft camp. Rambis and Kahn are leaving town again Wednesday for an eight-day trip to Europe to scout point guard Ricky Rubio in the Spanish League playoffs and 6-foot-11 center-forward Nikola Pekovic in the Greek League playoffs.
- Please tell me this doesn't mean we'll draft another Jonny-Flynn-to-Run-the-Triangle type pick. Or Wes Johnson.
We all knew when David Kahn took over as President of the Minnesota Timberwolves a little more than a year ago that the rebuilding process for the franchise would mean more losses than wins in the short term.
Kahn implicitly admitted that a ton of losses were on the horizon when he stated that he would need at least 17 months to transform the Timberwolves. No one panicked in Wolves Nation as no one believed that a few minor changes would turn Minnesota into a title contender.
The plan from the outside appeared to be relatively simple.
- Nothing is simple with this organization. If we don't hit it huge this off-season and draft, it will set the Wolves back another half-decade at least. Sorry, but it's true.
The Timberwolves are hosting workouts this week for about 40 draft-eligible college players. Just about everybody who's anybody at the NBA executive and coaching level is attending these workouts. Guys such as Larry Bird (Indiana Pacers president), Pat Riley (Miami Heat president) and Flip Saunders (Washington Wizards coach) were in attendance Monday along with, of course, Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn. I talked to Kahn about what he plans to do with the NBA draft's fourth overall pick, which the Wolves acquired in last week's lottery.
BS: How many scenarios have you run through your mind?
BS: Is there a likely scenario?
DK: No, not yet. And it takes two. You can't do things in a vacuum.
BS: Is your phone ringing off the hook with offers for the fourth pick?
DK: No. Just a lot of conversation. It started last week. It will only pick up and intensify as we move closer (to the draft).
- Follow the link for the rest of the interview. If you dare.
There once was no decision to make: College basketball players spent four years in school, used up their eligibility, and if they were good enough, turned pro. But that era is so far in the past, NBA basketball might have evolved into one of the few professions in the world in which a diploma is frequently regarded not as an accomplishment, but as a red flag.
To NBA scouts, getting a B.S. sometimes just means you're halfway to B-U-S-T.
"It can be a hindrance, if there is a perception that their development stopped at some point," Timberwolves president David Kahn said Monday as he oversaw workouts for a dozen NBA hopefuls at Target Center. "It can be a good thing or a bad thing."
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I give last night's Lost finale two thumbs up. I haven't checked in with Mike and Roundhouse, the other two Lost junkies on the TWB staff, (CW is so lame...) to hear their thoughts, but overall, I felt that the finale wrapped up the show nicely and reminded us all of the fact that we've been treated to six seasons of a television masterpiece. Some people are probably disappointed that we didnt' get more "answers". My personal take is that even though I don't know all the details, I know enough to understand the overall story of the show, and after six years of waiting, no answer that the writers could give me would've lived up to the hype anyway. I think it's actually better to have things left somewhat open-ended vs. having a discrete answer that I thought was lame.
Anyway, here's your Wolves news. Overall, there's not much to report this morning other than some mild, and probably baseless, draft speculation.
Kahn and Wolves coach Kurt Rambis have identified an athletic small forward/shooting guard as a key offseason priority for the club, and Johnson, a first-team All-American last season, appears to fill that role. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale called Johnson the best small forward in the draft.
"Johnson would be a solid pick for Minnesota," Vitale said. "He's got the athleticism, quickness and explosiveness you want in a player at his position."
An interesting decision faces the Wolves if they stay at No. 4 and New Jersey passes on Cousins, regarded as the best big man in the draft. The question remains whether the 6-foot-11, 292-pound Cousins is a true center or power forward. Vitale and fellow ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas believe Cousins, who left Kentucky after his freshman year, can play center in the NBA.
"He's not a super athlete, but he's got good footwork and he can command a double team," Bilas said of Cousins. "He's got long arms, and he's a load under the basket. He'll bring a team's rebound percentage up."
Yup, the Wolves LOST the lottery, and now we're debating between Wes Johnson and the next Derrick Coleman. Awesome. Las Vegas Lobos, here we come!
Monday morning's tentative list of participating players include South Florida guard Dominque Jones, Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawai, Mississippi guard Terrico White, Nevada guard Amon Johnson, Xavier guard Jordan Crawford and Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon.
The afternoon session is expected to include West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks, Kansas guard Sherron Collins, New Mexico guard Darington Hobson, Tulsa center Jerome Jordan, UTEP forward Derrick Caracter and Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez.
Sorry, but I've LOST any and all excitment about this list of prospects.
One trade rumor that briefly circulated here involved the Sixers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves want Turner and would give the Sixers their No. 4 and No. 16 picks in exchange for the second pick.
"I won't comment on our trade talks or to the teams that we are talking to or to do our business in the newspaper," Stefanski said of the rumor. "What I will tell the fans is that we will listen to anything. But obviously, that will have to be a strong deal to give up the second pick in the draft."
Don't give up, Wolves fans. All hope isn't LOST.
So that's your daily Wolves news, but more importantly, what did you all think of the Lost finale? Obviously we could speculate for days about the draft (and we will), but a day after the biggest television finale of our lifetimes, let's take a break and discuss the show in the comments. Needless to say, if you haven't watched it yet, there will likely be some spoilers...
If the Wolves were to win the draft lottery tonight, should they stick w/ the sure thing and draft Evan Turner at #1, or if they decide to trade down, what current players could they receive in trading down?
I think you take Wall. All 14 teams most likely take Wall and then figure out what to do (either trade him or trade someone else on the roster or figure out how to work him in with existing players). I've heard through a source that they are very, very high on Evan Turner. He's a better fit given their existing personnel and one source told me that they've given signals to Turner that he'd be the No. 1 pick if they won it. However, I think the most likely scenario is the Wolves take Wall and then start negotiating.
- Or... we could take DeMarcus Cousins BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Fail.
J.E. Skeets did. Seriously, watch him put his Skeetsian mind meld on this poor defenseless Toronto psychic.
She basically said the Nets were going to win tonight's lottery for the simple reason that Skeets told her to say that. Until he intervened, she was saying the Knicks were going to win the lottery, which would be a tough call, as they have just a 2.2% chance of winning, and owe their pick to the Utah Jazz anyway.
If Giovanna has sway in the spirit world, Mikhail Prokhorov owes Skeets a jet ski or something.
Seriously, though, I am headed to the lottery tonight -- I think I'll once again be in the secret room with the pingpong balls -- and before I go in, I'm trying to get a sense of which team has the most riding on the outcome of that little clear machine with the numbered balls whirring around inside. The five teams with the best chances of winning the top overall pick:
Is it just me or are the Timberwolves the only team in the group that could theoretically screw this up -- even if they get the No. 1 pick? Last year the team took three point guards in the first round (it traded one of them, Ty Lawson, on draft night). GM David Kahn is infatuated with Ricky Rubio and may not want to scare him off any more than he already has by drafting John Wall.
Needs: SF, C With three first-round picks (their selection along with Nos. 16 and 23) and dynamic playmaker Ricky Rubio marinating overseas, the Wolves have some options. If they land the No. 1 pick, they could swap Rubio or incumbent Jonny Flynn (or both) for a traditional center to play next to Al Jefferson or another scorer to boost an offense that finished 29th in points per 100 possessions. Wall may force Minnesota to re-examine Kurt Rambis' hybrid triangle offense, but his motor would fit in well on a team that averaged the third-most possessions per 48 minutes last season. So, too, would a polished scorer like Turner, who could step in right away at one of the swing positions.
Considering the Timberwolves' bad luck in the NBA lottery, David Kahn, the team's president of basketball operations, agreed to try something different when he made good on a promise to KFAN-AM host Paul Allen. Kahn was a guest on Allen's show the day before the Kentucky Derby when Allen proposed on-air that if Super Saver won the Derby, he would accompany Kahn to New Jersey to help bring the Wolves good luck.
Super Saver won, so Allen and Kahn were scheduled to fly together to New Jersey for the lottery on Monday afternoon.
"If we don't get No. 1, it'll be his fault," Kahn said.
"If the Wolves get four or five, it won't be a disaster, but I know they won't be happy about it," Allen said. "I want to be lucky for them."
This year's NBA draft essentially is shaped by two players: Kentucky guard John Wall and Ohio State forward Evan Turner. The Timberwolves finished the season with the league's second-worst record (15-67), and if they get what they believe they deserve, tonight's lottery will allow them to draft one of the two.
But the lottery never seems to work out that way for the Timberwolves.
"Let justice be done," said Wolves president Chris Wright, a 19-year member of the organization. "It's time for us to turn that corner and rightfully pick where we're supposed to pick."
The Timberwolves, making their 13th appearance in the lottery, never have landed the No. 1 pick — or even picked higher than third. Along with Charlotte, Denver, Dallas, Detroit and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wolves have never even moved up in the lottery. The Wolves have maintained their position six times in the lottery and fallen six times.
Aside from the MacGyver reference above, and the imminent draft lottery ahead that is stressing us all out today, the Wolves have finally announced the long-awaited Tony Ronzone hiring as the new Assistant GM
"We are excited to be able to add a person with Tony's extensive basketball experience to our player personnel staff," Kahn said. "Even though Tony's reputation is largely tied to international scouting, I believe he has always had a firm handle on NBA and college personnel as well. He is a relentless worker and we are fortunate to have him join us."
Ronzone began with the Pistons in 2001, serving as the team's Director of International Scouting until 2005 and as Director of Basketball Operations from 2005-10. In his most recent role with Detroit, Ronzone directed all of the Pistons' internatinal scouting activities and assisted with college scouting and evaluating NBA personnel. Ronzone began his NBA career as a scout with the Dallas Mavericks from 1998 through 2000.
"I'm pleased to be joining a great organization like the Minnesota Timberwolves and excited to work with David Kahn and the entire basketball staff," Ronzone said. "This is a great opportunity and I look forward to using my knowledge and past experiences in helping the organization achieve its goals."
Also from the Wolves comes a very detailed and well written preview of tomorrow's doomsday lottery. Still no word on whether the team is hosting a lotto party but we will share those details as they arise. Aside from the outcome of last year's lotto, the party was actually pretty fun.
Lottery luck: Wolves fans around the Twin Cities area are desperately searching for a wishbone, a four leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, or simply staring at the sky to catch a glimpse of a shooting star to help reverse a terrible stretch of bad luck. Minnesota has never moved up in the draft lottery and with a 19.9 percent chance at snagging the No. 1 overall pick, there is a sense that fans are feeling, “this is our year.” Obviously with John Wall and Evan Turner headlining the 2010 Draft, the Wolves would be delighted to add a top flight pick this year and move ahead of their slotted position. It’s not all doom and gloom without No. 1 or No. 2 as the franchise has drafted Kevin Garnett, Wally Szczerbiak, Corey Brewer, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn outside of the top three.
Also be sure to check out the newest Wolves blog out there, A Wolf Among Wolves, from the ever-so-talented Ben Polk and Myles Brown.
Lasty a few other NBA Lottery previews and stuff here, here, and here