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Andy Grimsrud

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Kevin Love's infamous "Kahntract," with the player option, appears to be validated on the Timberwolves end.

The team, as presently constructed, is capped out financially without any basis to expect much improvement from within. They were going nowhere, and Love's expressed desire to leave aligns perfectly with the timeline set by his contract; right at the time when a historically-enticing trade package became available.

Some of it was luck. A lot of it, actually. But since...

No arguments from me on Love's future in Cleveland, or the continued struggles of Jonny, Wes and Derrick.

But if Love had signed the full 5-year max, he'd be every bit or more anxious to get the heck out of Minnesota and I don't think it's as simple as assuming Flip could, well, "flip," Pekovic for a dynamic wing player.

I did not enjoy last year's team at all. They had a well-crafted recipe for lopsided success against mediocre teams that absolutely did not work well against...

It rubs me (and from what I can detect, many others) the wrong way how transparent it was that there really was no coaching search happening. I suppose the Joerger thing happened, but that played out in strange enough fashion to make me even wonder if that was an entirely sincere pursuit.

They went after Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan. Whether either guy would make a good NBA coach is an unanswerable question, but we sure knew they weren't leaving Michigan State and Florida for the...

Posted on 03/19/14 at 10:43 am in response to Wolves' expectations and realities: Ricky Rubio as scapegoat?

Great stuff, Britt - and I really appreciate the shout out.

The lack of an unassisted trey is incredible - I did not realize that, but I guess it makes sense, thinking back on this season and how - like you say - he never pulls up for three.

Getting ahead of ourselves for a moment, it will be interesting if the Wolves draft a point guard in the late lottery (as they could've done last year, with Trey Burke.)

Ricky was/is head and shoulders better at lead guard than Luke...

Posted on 02/27/14 at 07:51 pm in response to Wolves will enter March with flickering hopes — or flickering out?

Adelman & Rubio:

Part of me thinks it's unfair and stupid. Ricky's one of his best three players and deserves a long leash.

Another part of me thinks Rubio's lack of shooting progress is sub-professional and Adelman is Old School enough to *demand* change. (Even at the team's expense, as is the case when J.J. Barea becomes the fourth-quarter floor general.)

Either way, I'm glad you drew attention to it. That tension has been increasingly apparent.

Posted on 02/14/14 at 03:09 pm in response to NBA at the All-Star break: Time for all to take stock

Dick Vitale, whatever you think of him (I'm a fan, but realize he annoys many) has always had it right on the three-point shot, calling it an "equalizer." The undermanned teams can use it against more athletic teams, and the dominant teams need it to maintain high efficiency. More long jumpers necessarily means less predictable outcomes.

I'm only old enough to know the game with the three-point line, but I remember the NBA before rule changes (hand checking was allowed, and zone...

Posted on 02/07/14 at 02:28 pm in response to Wolves' underachievement: specific disappointments

Something I've thought about regarding Adelman's [lack of] trust in his bench:

Might it be that it takes special talent to run his high-post offense?

The two focal players, Love and Pek, are about as unique as they come at their respective positions in today's NBA. It's hardly fair to expect, say, Dante Cunningham (or Derrick Williams, earlier this year) to facilitate the offense from the high post or extended elbow the way that Love has learned to do. And on the low block, it...

It's fun to read Flip's detailed impressions of how the Wolves play. His background in coaching is obvious.

I don't think it hurts that he is (essentially) trying to become good buddies with Kevin Love. But I don't think it helps keep Love here, either. I just don't think player-GM relationships are very important and Flip correctly notes that winning will be the key to keeping Love a Timberwolf.

One thing that should be a little bit annoying to fans reading this interview is...

Posted on 01/07/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Wolves get a boost: The Turiaf effect

to fixing the bench's inconsistency, then I'm excited to have him back in the lineup. He definitely exudes a positive energy. Maybe that will be all it takes to get Alexey Shved playing like I (and Rick Adelman, apparently) think he can.

But I kind of doubt it, and I remain disappointed that Gorgui Dieng sits out. He's eleventh in the league in lowest opponent field goal percentage at the rim, if you remove Alex Len (who has only played in 4 games) and all others who face less than 1...

Posted on 12/23/13 at 02:11 pm in response to Wolves' Ricky Rubio facing a momentous 2014

How much, if any, do you attribute Rubio's shooting struggles to the ongoing development and transformation of Adelman's team offense?

In the lockout season -- Ricky's first in the NBA -- Adelman pretty much conceded that there wasn't the prep time or the personnel (Beasley, Randolph, Darko, etc) to do what he would normally prefer to do on that end of the floor. Instead of high-post facilitation and cutting, it was more of a spread floor with Ricky playing off of high ball screens....