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Britt Robson

Minneapolis, MN
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6 years 33 weeks

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Posted on 07/31/14 at 02:42 pm in response to Ventura verdict sends message to writers: Be careful

Like many of the other commenters above, I fail to see how this verdict is anything but a robust endorsement of our freedom of the press.
Without recourse to rectifying libel in the courts, there would be no credibility in what we write. By all accounts, the jury took their duty very seriously, Ventura had an enormously high bar to meet to justify his claims and both sides mustered strong and detailed arguments.
Why the pearl-clutching and conjoiing of the word "sobering" with a...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 05:43 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

I love the four question marks after the word playoffs; it really drove home the passion you have for this topic, Mr. Gotzman.
I'll take your occasionally conflicting harangues in chronological order.
"this team cannot shoot"--Williams and Kevin Martin both have 38.5% career marks from three-point territory and both are very large sample sizes. There are many reasons to dislike Mo's and especially K-Mart's games, but their ability to shoot is not among them. Less credibly, the...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 03:13 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

Mr. Gotzman--
K-Mart was cited in answer to your question about shooting. You did not ask me if he was a "good player." If you had--or if you'd bother to read me more than once or twice a season--you would know in some detail why the Wolves are begging to get rid of him.
Chase and Robbie are not fearsome players. But if they have an open three-pointer, there is a pretty good chance it will go in. Once again, I was answering your question, not providing an overall commentary about...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 03:21 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

I am cautiously optimistic that Flip will adjust. He's a smart offensive coach and by his own comments very much aware of how the three-pointer has grown in importance since he left the Wizards.
Add to that Rubio is a fairly decent three-point shooter (fun fact, his TS% was higher than Barea's and many other Wolves last year) but clank-happy from midrange (and at the rim). Bottom line, Rubio needs to call his own number from distance more often this season. I think Flip will encourage...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 03:28 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

Always a pleasure to read, PSR.
Agree about there being more than one way to rebuild. But the contracts are an issue if you engage in a "proper rebuild." Pek at 5-yrs and $60 million is just intolerable to that endeavor.
I also worry about them overpaying Rubio. He's not a max player and if he has a really good year, management could be in similar loggerheads to what Phoenix and Bledsoe are going through. Of course how LaVine fares,and how Rubio and Wiggins work together are...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 03:31 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

Sean--

Love had a much higher usage rate as Adelman and Flip encouraged him to pass more. And Kevin Martin sucked up a lot of free throws, even if he too got to the line well below his career average.
In other words, Rubio's free throw decline as much as roles and skills of his teammates last season, in my opinion.

Comments like the one from Richard Bonde, above, have always perplexed me. If he truly didn't care who the Wolves picked, he wouldn't bother to chime in, right?
Does he somehow get a buzz out of associating his name with Wolves-related negativity? Does he want to punish the architects of the franchise for wasting his time or dashing his hopes?
Either way, I'm addicted to pro hoops. I care who they pick. And I love engaging like-minded readers even more than I do tweaking the faux...

I am definitely on board with a more direct and prolonged relationship with the D-League. I wish they had their own team, as some NBA franchises have experimented with. And I agree that more burn for Muhammad in the D-League was preferable to having him languish on the bench with Adelman. I suspect that if Flip were coach last season, Muhammad would have played more in both the pros and the D-League.
Still, if LaVine shows great potential and a willingness to develop, and the team does...

PSR--
I agree that it was nice to see Flip be bold on draft night--although he doesn't say it publicly, he knows he is going to take a step backward with the Love deal and that the natives are restless in terms of fan loyalty. A safe conventional pick might move the franchise forward a little, but they need a bigger bump for myriad reasons.
But beyond that, I don't really know what I'm talking about aside from reading the opinions of smart people who do.
Flip as a developer...

Anton--

Yes, the notion of Rubio having some high flyers to lob in transition is atttractive--perhaps the lone reason to miss Derrick Williams thus far. Flip think LaVine can take some ball pressure away from Rubio as well. Hopefully LaVine has a good handle, because the other backcourt options--Shved, Barea, K-Mart, Brewer--are found wanting in various ways. Even Budinger isn't great off the bounce.
The problem is that Rubio needs a significant upgrade in his shot if he plays...