Suffice to say that trading for Gobert last week – the deal was made official on Wednesday – represents the most high-stakes gambit the Wolves franchise has executed since KG was drafted.
The only WNBA player to win five championships – one in Sacramento before that club disbanded, then four with the Lynx – Brunson succeeded because of her willingness to do the gritty, non-glamorous stuff that doesn’t make ESPN highlights but wins games.
Two of the four June 23 picks, including a defensive stopper, could provide immediate dividends.
The biggest reason to be excited about Connelly is his fit with the existing personnel in the front office and the coaching staff, and the way that could extend into the eventual transfer in ownership from Taylor to Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez.
The Aurora play in the fledgling USL W League, a 44-club amateur circuit that hopes to feed players to the professional National Women’s Soccer League. It’s like baseball’s Northwoods League for collegians, only with some high school players and post-graduates mixed in.
Beef up the frontcourt, accelerate the development of future cornerstone players — and ensure a unified chain of command.
Next week: three proactive measures that should be undertaken in order to better weather upcoming seasons. But for now, let’s savor the charm of this season.
Never in their history had the Lynx put as many talented players in the street as they did this past week.
Breaking down the things that will go a long way in determining how soon this eminently enjoyable season comes to a close.
Before we anticipate the rest of the series, it’s worth taking a minute to appreciate Saturday night’s special win.
There was plenty to hate about the Wolves’ performance Thursday night. But there were a few things to like, too.
What exactly happened on Saturday?
Despite the Grizzlies’ lofty credentials, all season long the Wolves have been remarkably confident about how they match up with their first-round playoff opponent.
As long as he’s here, it’s clear Correa wants to make an impact, and not just with his bat and glove.
Beat the Clippers and the Wolves are the seventh seed. Lose to the Clips but beat the winner of the Pelicans-Spurs game and they are the eighth seed. Lose both games and their season is over.
This weekend’s NCAA Women’s Final Four at the Target Center will be the first since the Kaplan Report came out, and we’re already seeing some of the report’s suggestions implemented.
Less than a week ago, shreds of optimism about this team could still be clutched as viable keepsakes. Now?
Without squeezing the most production possible out of their most athletic player, the Wolves are in jeopardy of having their thus-far glorious season end in relative disappointment.
Put simply, there is plenty of evidence to bolster the belief that the Wolves can not only survive but thrive in the the final three-and-a-half weeks of the season.
What is beyond debate, according coaches with decades on the Minnesota basketball scene, is that state-produced talent is better and deeper than ever.