In year three of the Ant Experience, our sense of anticipation and imagination of what the wunderkind might become can no longer be unfettered.
Almost all of their weaknesses — poor rebounding, difficulty competing effectively in transition basketball on both offense and defense, a proclivity for turnovers, and bouts of selfish offense manifested through wretched shot selection — stem from an inattention to detail and effort. In other words, mental and physical laziness.
There are plenty of people who believe letting DLo walk is more beneficial than the poor fit and the (they believe) poor attitude that comes with his virtues in exchange for all that money.
Analyzing the first half of the frustrating Wolves up and down season; plus Zoom with Britt tonight at 5.
Local vibraphonists Steve Yeager, Dave Hagedorn, Steve Roehm and Levi Schwartzberg pay tribute to the late musician on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
It was that 48 hours after being psychologically shredded by the NBA-worst Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, the Timberwolves came back to thump a Denver Nuggets team that had lost just two of 12 games since Dec. 8.
The Wolves have won six of 10 games since KAT went down with a significant calf strain. They have won three in a row since Gobert joined him on the injured list.
Anderson can be an exceedingly patient playmaker. He will pounce on an obvious opportunity but otherwise waits for his options to develop into more clear-cut choices before executing a decision.
As the Wolves continue to loll in this malaise of mediocrity, the areas where this team is lacking from a more personal, psychological standpoint are likewise fundamental – and interrelated. They don’t have leadership.
A full six weeks into the season, the Wolves are a game below .500 with a won-lost record of 10-11. They have played the fourth-easiest schedule in the 30-team NBA.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform “Now and Then,” a piece the orchestra commissioned by composer Viet Cuong, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Despite playing the third-easiest schedule thus far, the Wolves find themselves with a won-lost record of 6-8, which is 10th in the Western Conference.
The Wolves have dropped five of their past six contests and never held a lead beyond the first quarter in any of those defeats.
The assumption was that the Wolves would struggle a bit to align skill sets, coordinate rhythms and essentially crystallize teamwork, but inevitably show signs of figuring it out.
It is not time to be good nor great. It is time to be honorable, to the game and to the people who pay to watch it.
Over the past 15 years or so, the smartest way to prognosticate a Minnesota Timberwolves season was to survey the roster, coaching staff, front office and ownership, make an honest assessment and then deduct four or five wins for the inevitable incompetence. Last year was a remarkable outlier that rebutted the strategy.
At Media Day, Ant was a celebrated public figure whose character was under critical scrutiny less than two months after his 21st birthday.
On Friday and Saturday night at the Walker Art Center, Wagner will perform what are probably the most ambitious concerts of his iconoclastic career.