Tagged Minnesota Timberwolves

D’Angelo Russell is Making Minnesota Timberwolves Fun Again

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a long history of being bad. They’ve made the playoffs just once since 2003-04. That was the only time in franchise history they had ever gotten out of the first round. Not coincidentally, they don’t have a very good track record of point guards following that same season when Sam Cassell…

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NBA PODCAST: How Trade Deadline Acquisitions are Faring on New Teams

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) give their early impressions of how the post-trade deadline NBA is shaping up. Will the Houston Rockets’ small-ball experiment work? Should the Philadelphia 76ers keep bringing Al Horford off the bench? Does Marcus Morris make the Los Angeles Clippers title favorites?…

NBA Film Study: Remembering Kevin Love’s Remarkable Transformation

After the NBA community saw one of its idols fall victim to a terrible tragedy this January—one still shaking the foundations of the league—it got me to thinking. Instead of an outpouring of grief or sadness from Kobe Bryant’s passing, it sparked me to use this time as an opportunity to show appreciation for those…

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Can Andrew Wiggins Find Himself in Golden State?

Andrew Wiggins is on his way to the Golden State Warriors after spending the first five-plus seasons of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It seems to me that most of the talk has been about how Wiggins is a better fit for the Warriors than combo guard D’Angelo Russell, who was traded to the…

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NBA Film Study: The League’s Best Backdoor Cutters

From a young age, basketball players are taught not to get beat backdoor and give up layups, yet this still happens at the highest levels because the art of cutting is emphasized just as heavily. A few months ago, I published an article here regarding The Anatomy of a Backdoor Set, detailing all the necessary…

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10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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PODCAST: NBA Trade Deadline Chatter; Was Kyrie Irving Right?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Jeff Teague-Allen Crabbe trade, Kyrie Irving’s leadership and the latest trade rumors involving Robert Covington, Andre Drummond and D’Angelo Russell. Who won the Crabbe-Teague trade? Was Kyrie right about the Nets needing more pieces to contend for a title?…