What’s up all… a few weeks ago, friend of brentnet, former Little League coach, and blogger extraordinairewent to a T-Wolves game and wrote down his thoughts. Last Friday, I went to the T-Wolves/Celtics game that was supposed to be the return of KG, but after getting injured he didn’t play. Anyway, I thought I’d follow Seth’s example and blog about the game. Seth’s last game he went to was when Christian Laettner and Shaq were rookies. I’ve done a little better – my last game was a T-Wolves/Lakers game during the infamous “Kobe Bryant sexual assault” season when I sported my infamous No Means No Kobe t-shirt to the game.
My brother-in-law Ross waited in-line… on-line… for like two hours trying to get tickets to this game. Unfortunately, the tickets we got were in the corner of the arena in row U. We went up to our seats and no lie, I felt like I was Roy Williams suffering from vertigo. I don’t know if you’ve ever sat in the upper half of the arena in the Target Center, but it’s a horrible seat. Luckily, since Garnett didn’t play, a few thousand people didn’t show up and we were able to move down to about the 5th row in the upper deck.
It was disappointing that KG didn’t play. He’s always been one of my favorite players and I’ve got no ill feelings towards him. I really appreciate the player he was and how he came to work every single day. He’ll forever be one of my guys. Especially after seeing what Boston put together and now what the Lakers have done to get Gasol, aren’t you even more upset that exactly one time in his Minnesota career, Kevin McHale surrounded KG with talented players?
Anyway, KG came out to what had to be a three to four minute chorus of applause. They showed like five seconds on SportsCenter, but KG looked somewhat uncomfortable in the role of “let’s walk this guy out for the sole purpose of getting a standing O,” but he did look generally thankful to the fans. I think he’s a good guy and he appreciates all the love the fans of Minnesota have given him over the years. And he should… it’s not like we drove him out of town or anything!
You may have seen the game, but the T-Wolves lost on a putback off a fastbreak layup with 0.3 seconds left. Really, it was an unfortunate play as Jaric missed a three, Smith got a great hustle rebound, tried to save it and threw it right to Ray Allen who was went the length and missed the layup which was putback as the buzzer sounded. Ray Allen was hammered by Jaric on the layup, but it went uncalled. It must have been because he was Ray Allen and not Paul Pierce because anytime someone breathed on Pierce funny, the refs called a foul.
Sebastian Telfair – He’s been surprisingly effective in my eyes this year. The three things that I can see that are holding him back are his shooting (awful), his size (he looks like one of my cross country runners), and his attitude (he’s related to Marbury, so duh…) I think he can develop into an NBA point guard, though. (In my best Jim Rome voice) “Dude can see the floor.”
Marko Jaric – I was completely unexcited when we traded for Jaric and I’ve hated him for a long time. He’s an underacheiver. He has every basketball skill you’d ever want – he’s tall, he can handle the ball, he’s strong and quick enough to drive the lane and finish, and he can shoot. But he just appears to float out there giving about 80-90% at all times.
Corey Brewer – I was completely impressed with Corey Brewer. His game is really lacking offensively, but he’s a tough-minded defender who can develop into a Bruce Bowen/Tayshaun Prince defensive presence. He single-handedly almost won the game in the last two minutes of the game with his phenomenal defensive effort.
Ryan Gomes – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Gomes all season. I think he’s developing into a guy that’s going to be a key in the next few years. And honestly, wouldn’t you rather see a young guy like Gomes get some minutes here instead of has-been (or never-were) vets like Hudson, Davis, or Hassel in the past.
Al Jefferson – Quite simply, he’s a beast. He’s the best low post player I’ve ever seen on the Timberwolves. In the era of the “catch-and-face” posts (Garnett, Duncan, Notwitzki), it’s refreshing to see a guy and a team that recognizes that we need to get this guy the ball on the low block at least one out of every three possesions. He’s going to be a great one.
Rashad McCants – I was surprised that he didn’t even come into the game until 2 minutes to go in the first quarter. I think McCants is exactly what he is… a super-talented offensive player who needs to grow up. Should he decide to grow up, he’s going to be a slightly above-average NBA two-guard. If not… Joe Forte. He played well on Friday night though with some nice moves to the basket.
Randy Foye – He came into the game in the second quarter and looked tentative. His shot was off, but he didn’t look as aggressive as I remember him last year, either. I imagine Randy Foye will look like a completely different player a month from now.
Craig Smith – Impressed me more than any other T-Wolf. I think seeing the game live made me realize how truly strong this guy is. It’s a traves-sham-mockery that he isn’t playing on the Sophomore squad in the Rookie-Sophomore game.
Antoine Walker – I don’t like him, but at the same time, I realize the value in having a veteran on the team. He’s fallen off the planet from being the once great player that he was. I’d much rather have him that Ricky Davis and/or Mark Blount, though!
Gerald Green – This I don’t get… he didn’t play one freaking minute. The guy is 22 years old, he’s extremely athletic, and showed a lot of improvement last year. This year, he’s just been on the shelf. I think we’re young and we aren’t going to win much… why not give him a solid 15-20 minutes (take it out of Marko’s time!!!) and see what you’ve got here.
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- Does anyone else find it humorous that popstar Pink once wrote a song with the lyrics “…tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears/She’s so pretty, that just ain’t me” when Pink now looks like this and Britney looks like Britney looks like this.
- There are bad tattoos (see: the female “tramp stamp,” any guy with a barb-wired tattoo, and nearly any tattoo north of the collarbone), and then there are BAD tattoos. I hope he lost an awful lot of money on this bet.
- I have a new hobby. I know I’m the guy that has entirely too many hobbies already, but I was at a friend’s wedding. The friend was from Osakis where I lived from kindergarten through 6th grade. Anyway, I don’t know how we got to talking about this, but I found out two kids in my grade had been in jail which blew my mind. So, I’ve spent a random 20 minutes here and there looking up people from towns I know to find out who has gone to jail. The internet is the coolest thing because you can find out someone’s exact offense and their exact punishment. For example – a kid I went to Sunday School with got 7 months in the can and 10 (!!!) years probation for having a little (or a lot) of marijuana. A guy a grade older than me was in jail for a DWI.
- I don’t know if I’ve posted this or not, but here is an image of Reggie Bush losing a 100-meter dash race in high school… to a white guy. Insert your own witty
- And finally – looks like the writer’s strike may finally be over. I just hope it was in time to save many of my favorite tv shows!
If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,