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- Minnesota Timberwolves: Glen Taylor’s trade comments not needed August 30, 2014Earlier this week, ESPN reported that Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor made some statements about the Kevin Love trade, commenting on Love’s defense, claiming that Love will get the blame if the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle and bringing up Love’s injury history. Kevin Love I understand the frustration that Taylor must feel now that Love has officially left the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and now Love, is in a strong position to make it to the NBA Finals, while the Timberwolves are rebuilding yet again. However, the Timberwolves got a great haul for Love, by getting Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young. These are three players with a lot of potential that the Timberwolves would not have gotten if Love had left through free agency, and getting an established player in Young, and two former first overall players in Bennett and Wiggins is a lot better haul than most NBA teams have gotten for a superstar player who has de
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Are The Timberwolves Better With No Kevin Love? August 30, 2014Minnesota Timberwolves: Are The Timberwolves Better With No Kevin Love? By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Kevin Love is the best big man in the NBA on offense and one of the 5 best players in the NBA; there is no denying the incredible talents of Love, who is also one of the league’s best rebounders. With the Minnesota Timberwolves trading Love for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young, their team is very different, but can a team who just traded one of the 5 best NBA players for 2 players who are 20 and a combo forward really be better? I believe they can. Nikola Pekovic will become the number 1 offensive option for the Timberwolves and should be an All Star next season. He is one of the best offensive centers in the NBA and one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA. He is a porous defender (like Love), but he is an elite offensive player. He will take a much bigger role for them next season and he could average 20-10. Ricky Rubio is one of the best...
- Robbie Hummel, rap superstar August 29, 2014Not even the Minnesota Timberwolves could believe what they were seeing when third-year player Robbie Hummel posted on Instagram he was working on his rap album: “Excited to announce that I’ve been in the studio grinding and have finally finished my first hip hop studio album, ROB: Road to Redemption. Look for it in stores and on iTunes this fall. #getmysnareup #turnmyheadphonesup!!!” Timberwolves PR responded with a “say what?” You get hacked, bro? RT @RobbieHummel Excited to announce that I've finally finished my first hip hop… http://t.co/CBZi37WLeb — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) August 27, 2014 Say what indeed, Robbie Hummel took the joke and ran with it, inviting 50 Cent and Just Blaze to join him. He even gave us a few bars to stew over. 219 On my grind Got them haters on my mind The ACL Can burn in hell Ride of die From Parker drive. #dropthemic #ThoseBarsAreTooCold — Robbie Hummel (@RobbieHummel) August 28, 2014 Alas, despite Hummel’s love affair with the rap game...
- Robbie Hummel can’t get any love from his own team over hip-hop album August 28, 2014Minnesota Timberwolves guard Robbie Hummel announced yesterday via Instagram that he is releasing a hip-hop album this fall: Excited to announce that I’ve been in the studio grinding and have finally finished my first hip hop studio album, ROB: Road to Redemption. Look for it in stores and on iTunes this fall. #getmysnareup #turnmyheadphonesup!!! That’s…interesting (?), but what’s even better is the Timberwolves PR Twitter response: You get hacked, bro? RT @RobbieHummel Excited to announce that I've finally finished my first hip hop… http://t.co/CBZi37WLeb — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) August 27, 2014 That was our first thought, too, but Hummel assures us he was not: @Twolves_PR no this is the real deal — Robbie Hummel (@RobbieHummel) August 27, 2014 Now the remaining question – can we count on the TWolves PR to help promote the album when it drops? I’m guessing based on lyrics like “the ACL can burn in Hell” they will want to stay as far away from this one as possible: 219 On m
- Andrew Wiggins goes back home in BioSteel Sports commercial August 28, 2014As the first overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins will be starting his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In case you didn’t know, Wiggins grew up near Toronto, Canada (Specifically: Thornhill, Ontario) and recently took a trip back home for a commercial. Wiggins stars in a commercial for BioSteel Sports (A high performance sports drink and nutritional supplements company) called “Stay True To Your Roots” where he visits his old neighborhood and teaches some kids the game of basketball: *** Wiggins image courtesy of Getty Images
- Timberwolves have record week after trading Love (The Associated Press) August 31, 2014The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs in 10 years and just traded the face of their franchise so he can go chase a championship with LeBron James in Cleveland. Kevin Love is gone now, and yet somehow the Timberwolves have parlayed that into a record-setting week at the box office. After completing the long-rumored trade that sent Love to the Cavaliers and brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves have sold more than 300 full season-ticket packages in the last week. ''The organization, from president-level on down has just been re-energized,'' Timberwolves senior vice president and chief revenue officer Ryan Tanke said.
- Five things to know for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball (Ball Don't Lie) August 29, 2014This week, the best basketball nations in the world are heading to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. The tournament — known until recently as the world championships — lacks the overwhelming attention of the Olympics in the United States, but for many other countries it is considered to be nearly as prestigious. As usual, Team USA enters the competition as the favorite, although that position is as precarious as it has been for some time, with Spain serving as the strongest competition. Even if the general hierarchy of teams hasn't changed, there is no question that they appear less dominant than we're accustomed to. The tournament tips off on Saturday, with Team USA set to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Here are five pressing stories to help you get acquainted with the World Cup before play begins. 1. Team USA looks vulnerable. When it comes to the best basketball country in the world, such issues as vulnerability are always relative, because their chances of losing remain much lower than those for any other team. Nevertheless, this is not the same Team USA that won the 2008 Olympics, 2010 world championships, and 2012 Olympics with very few hiccups. The team's world championships/Cup roster never features the overwhelming star power of the Olympics, but it's still reasonable to think the group will include one or two perennial All-NBA players. Team USA is used to the best. The 2014 roster does not immediately look like such an established and dominant group. While USA Basketball expected the absences of proven international commodities like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the powers that be weren't necessarily looking to be without Kevin Love (who bowed out due to his potential and eventual trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves), Paul George (who was lost to his now-infamous leg injury during an exhibition game), and Kevin Durant (who withdrew from consideration due to mental and physical exhaustion ). As such, Team USA lacks a game-changing wing player who can move over to the "four" position — the role that has defined head coach Mike Krzyzewski's tenure. The team's ostensible leaders are Derrick Rose, who has barely even played competitive basketball in the past two years and might have trouble with the tournament's demanding schedule; James Harden, who sees himself as the team's defensive stopper and on-court leader even though he's not known for those qualities; and Anthony Davis, a truly incandescent talent who nevertheless has never been asked to do so much in international play.
- Weakened US team aims for world basketball title (The Associated Press) August 28, 2014The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball. Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans' best player and the NBA's MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. We're trying to prove that wrong.'' The former world basketball championship begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands.
- Dunk History: Gerald Green's buzzer-beating off-the-backboard alley-oop (Ball Don't Lie) August 28, 2014As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History . Today, Ben Rohrbach revisits Gerald Green's buzzer-beating off-the-backboard alley-oop. You might think someone who had a portion of his right ring finger severed while dunking in a doorway as a sixth-grader might develop an aversion to the basketball art form. Not Gerald Green. For background, here's a New York Daily News description of Green's gruesome injury circa 1999. The ring caught on a nail and his finger was ripped to the bone. Amputation was the only option. "All you saw was nothing but white bone, like a skeleton," Green said. "They said my tendons, all my ligaments were ripped out." Bad times got worse. Green hid his hand to avoid ridicule, developing a habit so ingrained he had his hand stuck in his pocket upon meeting David Stern at the podium as the NBA's No. 18 pick in 2005. This seems relevant since Green has unleashed some of the league's most ridiculous dunks during a career defined more by the Kevin Garnett trade, D-League demotions and recent Most Improved Player consideration — all with a four-and-a-half-fingered right hand that can't palm a basketball. He is basketball redemption defined. Green introduced himself to the basketball world outside Boston on March 22, 2006, when as a Celtics rookie he successfully converted a pass thrown too hard off the glass from fellow NBA infant Tony Allen during the waning seconds of a 110-96 blowout against the Raptors . If there is a better buzzer-beating off-the-backboard alley-oop in NBA history, I'd like to see it. The dunk made No. 1 on SportsCenter's Top 10 that night, but not everybody was a fan. While Tommy Heinsohn cackled on the C's call, Raptors play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky took issue in Toronto. “You talk about rubbing it in. I’m sorry. I don’t like that. I know it’s showtime. I know this is entertainment. You know what? Just dribble out the clock. I don’t think that was very classy at all. That’s just my opinion." The two teams were a combined 29 games under .500 at that point and Green had played fewer than 100 garbage minutes of NBA basketball, so maybe Chuck should've been more chill. As Green told The Boston Globe at the time, "God blessed me with the ability to dunk, so I just do it when I can." So, when the opportunity presented itself again two weeks later, Green ripped a vicious windmill that put another win over the Raptors out of reach in the final seconds. Heinsohn rubbed the salt in Swirsky's wounds, announcing on the Celtics broadcast: "I wonder if Chuck got upset there." These two slams encapsulated everything the Celtics envisioned when they drafted Green, an untapped athletic freak who won the McDonald's All-American Game's dunk contest a year earlier and would go on to win the NBA's version a year later. In 2006-07, he averaged double digits and made himself a valuable enough commodity to join Al Jefferson as pieces in the C's franchise-altering trade for KG. After just 29 games in Minnesota, the Timberwolves sent Green to the Rockets, and he was promptly waived. He made a brief appearance in Dallas the following season, but spent the next three years on a pair of Russian teams, China's Foshan Dralions and the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders. As high as Green soared on those slams, he fell even further. Green's NBA dunking days were behind him. Then again, if a nail tearing through his tendons didn't stop him as a teen, neither would a few years banished abroad. Green played well on a series of 10-day contracts with the Nets late in 2011-12, and then earned a roster spot on the Pacers during their run to Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. This past season, he logged career highs for points per game (15.8), true shooting (58.5%) and PER (16.5), playing all 82 games for a Suns squad that nearly, impossibly made the playoffs. More than eight years after he reached back about three feet to corral that Tony Allen assist, a 28-year-old Gerald Green still wows with an athleticism that's now paired with a polished offensive game in Phoenix. We should all appreciate each of his dunks as Paul Pierce did on March 22, 2006 — for nobody can be sure when Green's NBA life will be in the rearview again.
- What to watch in Basketball World Cup group stage (The Associated Press) August 28, 2014Play begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands, with four teams from each site advancing to the single-elimination round that begins Sept. 6. Brazil and Spain play against each other, who else, France I think, so there's some big teams playing against each other.'' Here are some of the games to watch in the group stage: --- SPAIN VS. FRANCE, GROUP A. The European rivals meet Sept. 3 in Granada. San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker is taking the summer off after leading France to last year's European championship, which ended Spain's quest for a three-peat.
- State Fair’s Big Attraction: The Newest Timberwolves August 27, 2014Three days after Minnesota dealt Kevin Love to Cleveland, the team introduced the players acquired in the three-team trade at the Minnesota State Fair.
- Cavaliers Complete Deal to Acquire Kevin Love From Timberwolves August 24, 2014LeBron James got a superstar teammate, and Minnesota received Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
- Kevin Love to Be Traded to Cavaliers August 8, 2014Cleveland has agreed in principle to send a package that includes Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the N.B.A.’s past two No. 1 picks, to Minnesota for Love.
- Minnesota Owner Says Trade of Kevin Love Is Likely August 4, 2014The Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told The St. Paul Pioneer Press that the All-Star power forward Kevin Love would most likely be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.
- Minnesota Signs Williams July 29, 2014The Minnesota Timberwolves and the free-agent guard Mo Williams agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.