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Nice post. Yeah, it was been a tough look this year. Expectations are much elevated. The West is just absurd. Ridiculous. The Wolves have really only been capable of winning games by having one of their crazy 1st quarters. Unless they have a major lead going into a 4th quarter, where they are near last in shooting, the game becomes much more difficult. For whatever reason they can't seem to score the ball in the halfcourt well at all. Plus the bench. Etc. Etc.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Fire & Ice: a 2013 Timberwolves Reality
Yes. Agreed. Something along those lines. It should work just like taxes do.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Flop Calculator: Breaking Down What a Flop Fine Would "Feel Like" to You
@CollegeWolf If you really want to make a dent into things, make the fine a PERCENT of the players salary. The worst floppers often make the higher salaries
@ParmB @WallyWorld Oh and the strippers? There are probably dozens of NBA players who spend tens of thousands of dollars annually at strip clubs.
@ParmB @WallyWorld I understand that. Same goes for NBA players and bills, and without stereotyping too heavily, paying for children and their families, friends, extended families, multiple absurd properties, etc. Many end up bankrupt after retirement. I get what you are saying, It was intended to be a lighthearted exercise, mostly to point out that these fines make zero difference on how much players flop and don't flop.
@ParmB Really? It is a simple analogy for fun assuming gross salaries for all parties.
I agree on the bench being critical. There will definitely be a point where the starters get overused and hurt. The good thing is DWill, Barea, DC, and Shved have all played much better. They aren't a group I particularily love but they SHOULD be better.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rubio, Pek, Bench Struggling to Find Early Rhythm
@Daddyfatsax @CollegeWolf Such a grump lately. What gives? I'm glad you want Shabazz to continue to be a relentless chucker. The key is his willingness to adapt, when he was previously lauded as a me-first ego-maniac. It seems subtle and dumb logic, but I don't think it is. Plus if LORD ADELMAN thinks it's a worthwhile skill to get him out there, then fine. It would be nice to see a non-Rubio rookie see the court and actually develop his game for a change.
It's all moot anyways, Jeffers is bound to get his minutes already as it is....sweet!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on '13-'14 Pre-Season (Over)reactions to Date
@Pants80 @WallyWorld More depth and better balance to the roster. Last year all it took was one bound-to-happen-for-at-least-a-decent-chunk-of-the-year injury to Roy to throw things really off balance and put Ridnour in control of a lot of minutes at the 2 spot, with or without the Chase injury as well. This created more defensive problems from that position than we could probably even dream of from this year's roster.
This year we have man-children Jeffers and Shabeast to fill the box scores with their tenacious inside games if we go 2+ deep in injuries out on the wings (which'll happen).
Well, yeah, but, injuries. I hear you for sure. The success of this years' team, exactly like last year, is predicated on health. All of our top 4 guys are injury prone. We are better built to sustain injuries, but one or two long term outs from the top 4 and the season is pretty much another failure. If not, 50 wins is not at all unrealistic.
D-Will, D-Will, D-Will. Wait...shooting guard?! I hadn't heard anything of the sorts. Maybe small forward? The guy has been the odd man out since before he was even drafted by us. I am pretty surprised Flip hasn't tried to "flip him" (get it?) for a draft pick next year. Even if he becomes much more productive this next season, there simply remains no room for him.
Nice post. I liked the detail on the training camp invites. Didn't realize Jeffers had some NBA experience.
2 months, 1 week ago on Pre-Training Camp Thoughts
I can respect the authors opinion on this, as we are all entitled to our own way of thinking.....but I violently disagree.
I really think being involved in some kind of hobby or "out of the work/school" activity, particularly one that harnesses creativity, plays a huge role in the development of a well rounded person, thinker, employee or what have-you. This may sound like a cop-out or cliche' but it really isn't. At a young age, it also allows for leadership opportunities for those not born with athletic prowess, and builds discipline, focus and above all provides an opportunity to escape from the mundane tribulations of everyday life. Even the simple concept of working towards a goal independently, and achieving it, plays a huge role in confidence-building.
Whether it has "real world" or "adulthood" value is completely irrelevant. Because the following hobbies cure global warming, world hunger and lead to a 6 figure job outside of college, don't they?:
1. Sports (of which a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of players reach a pro level. What is the point of playing then? The same thing as an artistic pursuit, is it not? To build teamwork, leadership skills, etc.)
2. Arts and crafts and scrapbooking
4. Collecting things
5. Those idiots you all know who work 80 hours per week when they are paid for 40.
.....And so on
I suggest you let your children think for themselves and discover their own interests. If anything, over-parenting is what is absolutely leading to a weak-willed generation.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114733/stop-forcing-your-kids-learn-musical-instrument
@CollegeWolf Okay. How would you have handled it?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on TWolvesBlog 2013 Offseason Roundup
Kevin Love....because maybe with these on he would actually try hard enough on defense so that he actually broke a sweat.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Point 3 Basketball Apparel Review & Contest
I'm excited to revisit this stuff in a year. Personally I maintain that he will be dreadful and am sticking to it. It's complete black and white for the fanbase which makes it fun.
5 months, 1 week ago on Wolves Trade for Muhammad, Deing in 2013 Draft
@Pants80 I think you read it before it was done/published. He probably would have been better than Bazz
Nice article guys. Also - KCP will be fine. He can shoot it, defend it, good motor and solid athlete, can actually dribble and has a nice pull up. Ideal role player SG for Minny in the mold of Afflalo. I hope the Wolves take him, but would be excited about CJ McCollum as well in 'Sota.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 NBA Draft Roundtable Debate
@Jeff Fox @CollegeWolf The price is absurd. D Will, #9 and #26 isn't even enough to pull it off, allegedly. Reason #1 why, despite the fact that fans come up with hundreds of fake trades, trade-ups on draft night never happen....like, ever.
@Pants80 @WallyWorld Totally.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Wolves Draft Day Babble
@Pants80 As much as Flip wants him out and it frees up flexibility to re-sign Pek....who do we replace him with?! Sure he gets hurt a lot but boy, that isn't exactly a small hole to fill. Him leaving for nothing worries me.