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So, the 'Mats are finalists for the Rock and Roll HOF...

OK, so it's about time that somebody got it right! Came across this article on my Facebook page...

nba.com/timberwolves - Get to Know: Canis Hoopus


A little spotlight on our favorite website!

NBA finalizing flopping procedures


Will this change the Spurs defensive schemes??? ;-)

NBA finalizing flopping procedures


Will this change the Spurs defensive schemes??? ;-)

Sources: Sides hope to resolve lawsuits


"The sides in the NBA labor dispute, which reached its 146th day Wednesday, have re-opened negotiations aimed at resolving the lawsuits recently filed by players, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. The primary push for the talks, according to The New York Times, is a desire to make one last run at ending the five-month labor dispute in time to start the season on Christmas. But the latest negotiations are considered part of settlement talks relating to the litigation, according to the Times." via ESPN Hey, at least they're talking again! Maybe the owners have decided that having to pay triple damages if they lost the lawsuit is riskier than allowing the players to save a little face.

Michael Beasley 'Mushes' A Fan During Dyckman Park Exhibition


Awwww, Mike! Another entry into the Beasley litany...

Billy Hunter doubts entire '11-12 season


I hope this is just a negotiating ploy, but with the way that the talks went on Monday...we could be in for a long winter of suck.

Timberwolves to interview Sam Mitchell for coaching job


Not really a surprise, but not really excited about him as our coach. If not Adelman, I'd prefer we go after somebody like Joerger or Elston Turner and hire a vet assistant or two.

Sources: Pistons tab Lawrence Frank


If this report is true (and it likely is), one more named is removed from the list for the Wolves.

Pistons looking at Big Bill "While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas...


Pistons looking at Big Bill "While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas returning to New York, the Detroit Pistons are considering Thomas for their vacant head coaching position, according to league sources. Thomas is not the leading candidate, sources say, but he is on Detroit's short list along with Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson and his former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer."

Chris Broussard ESPN June 7, 2011 I think Laimbeer could be a successful coach in the NBA. Anybody have any stories about him as an assistant??

Director of Analytics and Research - Minnesota Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN) SUMMARY The...


Director of Analytics and Research - Minnesota Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN) SUMMARY The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are seeking a Director of Research and Analytics. The Director will be responsible for analyzing and developing strategic performance for all functions of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. This individual's primary responsibility is to help the organization make data driven decisions. This is a new position charged with developing a "center of excellence" within the Timberwolves and Lynx franchises. This new department will be responsible for managing the integration of research and analysis across all areas of the company. This position will directly manage the database marketing staff of two individuals and provide guidance to other analytical staff housed in other departments. The position reports directly to the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications/Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and will interact with other team executives on a regular basis. Duties include but are not limited to: Ticket buyer segmentation, consumer and market research projects, ROI analysis, Ticketing Pricing/Inventory analysis, Omniture website tracking, managing Microsoft Dynamics CRM system, establishment of a new Eloqua direct-marketing platform, driving utilization of research tools (such as Scarborough), inventory management (Ticketmaster and Marketline) platforms, and other analytical/strategic projects. JOB SPECIFICS - Responsible for guiding research across the company. Company currently has access to multiple quantitative surveys performed on an annual basis. This position will provide additional analysis of those studies, drive incremental research projects and guide departments in adopting necessary rigor in daily job functions. - Develop analysis that will inform and guide ticket pricing conversations. - Manage single game ticket sales regression models and analysis of ticket promotions. Responsibility includes improving/running the regression model, comparing current sales versus expected sales, and consulting on appropriate marketing actions. Successful modeling will then be replicated in other departments such as group sales, premium seating rentals, etc. - Oversee the continued transition to the new CRM system. This includes training and monitoring sales staff use of CRM, customizing CRM to match business needs, and the ability to accurately report of out the CRM. - Responsible for providing projected sales data to the management team. Project upcoming new sales based on sales rep. inputs into the CRM. Determine best lead sources, reps., products, and create strategy to optimize the opportunity for success. - Manage reporting and dashboards using Microsoft SharePoint. - Measure relationship marketing and sales campaign effectiveness (ROI). - Other duties include: being the overall ticketing consultant, work process improvement, survey analysis, and ad-hoc modeler. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE - Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics, business or related field. MBA is a plus. - Minimum seven to twelve (7-12) years of professional experience in analytical or consulting role. - Minimum of 2 years staff management experience required. - Strategic thinking and leadership skills required. - Must have excellent computer skills, especially Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.). Statistical software (SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc.) and SQL experience is a plus. - CRM (Microsoft Dynamics) experience is a plus. - Ability to collaborate and work with other departments/organizations. - Must be organized and pay strong attention to detail. - Strong interpersonal and customer relationship skills required. - Knowledge of general predictive modeling techniques such as regression analysis, customer profiling and segmentation, needs analysis, financial modeling, and other types of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. - Maturity, professionalism, and a strong work ethic are essential.

From NBA.com Basketball jobs section. So, we have some pretty fair hands with the stats in the CH family - anybody wanna take a shot??? (P.S. - The "Maturity, professionalism" bit raises a smile with the current state of the Rambis/Kahn relationship!)

Love makes rebounding fashionable again


Nice article on SI.com about our favorite rebounder.

"KSL has learned that Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and assistant coach Phil Johnson will resign at a...


"KSL has learned that Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and assistant coach Phil Johnson will resign at a press conference later Thursday. More details will be posted as they become available. The news comes after the Jazz lost to Chicago in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, where former Jazz players Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer helped the Bulls escape Utah with a 91-86 win. After the game, Sloan didn't come out of his office for a postgame interview until about a half-hour after his team lost for the 10th time in 14 games. The Hall of Famer, who usually talks to reporters about 10 minutes after the final buzzer, had been in a discussion with general manager Kevin O'Connor. "We just had something we had to discuss," Sloan said, "and we'll talk to you all later on about that." A major part of the discussion, however, was the possibility of a trade in the works." (Ed. note: I know this isn't Wolves-related, but Sloan resigning from the Jazz seems like major NBA news to me so I bumped it to the front. - Tim)

KSL: Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to resign Published: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 11:29 a.m. MST Deseret News

"On the same day Carmelo Anthony said he'd consider signing a contract extension with the Denver...


"On the same day Carmelo Anthony said he'd consider signing a contract extension with the Denver Nuggets if they don't trade him, Timberwolves basketball boss David Kahn called his team's reported part in a three-way deal with Denver and New York involving Anthony "overstated." Translated, that means an ESPN report last weekend that the Wolves would send a first-round pick and Corey Brewer to Denver to receive Knicks little-used forward Anthony Randolph and accept Eddy Curry's huge, expiring contract is too much to give. "We were asked if there would be a way to participate in the event the other two teams could reach a deal and there likely could be," he said. He also said he doesn't have any idea whether the Knicks and Nuggets can strike a deal for the All-Star forward, who on Monday told the Denver Post that he'd now "take a real hard look" at signing a three-year, $65 million extension to stay in Denver if he isn't dealt by the Feb. 24 trade deadline. The Wolves have had interest in Randolph -- the 14th pick in the 2008 draft who barely has gotten off the Knicks' bench this season -- since early summer. Long-armed, 6-11 and not yet 22, he fits what Kahn considers a need for a talented, athletic forward/center. The Wolves have cleared large salary-cap space hoping to use the leverage to add talent from salary-cap stressed teams. They did so in acquiring Michael Beasley from Miami last summer for two second-round picks. If they accepted Curry and his expiring $11.3 million salary, they'd likely receive the maximum $3 million allowed from the Knicks that they'd use to immediately buy out Curry's contract without him ever arriving in Minnesota. Brewer not on block Kahn said it's "likely" the Wolves will make a deal by the NBA's Feb. 24 trading deadline, but said it'd be a "tactical" and "surgical" move. "I don't expect it to be big," he said. He also said he isn't looking to trade Brewer, who will become a restricted free agent this summer after the team did not offer him a contract extension last fall. He also said he hasn't determined that Brewer isn't a part of the team's future. He could still be re-signed next summer once a new labor agreement is reached. "Because Corey is in the last year of his deal and because many people like Corey's ability and upside, we receive a lot of calls on him," Kahn said. "We also have a team that's very deep at his position. It's important we listen and weigh what's the appropriate decision for the ballclub. "Players are not like cars in a garage. You can't keep accumulating cars, you can only have so many of them. There's a balance act there and at the wing position; we're probably too heavy there. "'

JERRY ZGODA, Star Tribune Feb. 10, 2011

"Two-plus weeks until the trade deadline, and the Carmelo Circus aside, along with those guys who...


"Two-plus weeks until the trade deadline, and the Carmelo Circus aside, along with those guys who everyone knows are on the block -- like the Nets' Troy Murphy and the Knicks' Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry -- here are the guys that, according to front office sources around the league, are eminently gettable before Feb. 24: Golden State center Andris Biedrins, Memphis guard O.J. Mayo, Lakers forward Ron Artest, Portland centers Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla, Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala, Phoenix forward Josh Childress, Washington forward Rashard Lewis, Detroit guard Rip Hamilton, Cleveland forward Antawn Jamison, Minnesota guard Jonny Flynn, Charlotte forwards Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw and Houston forward Jared Jeffries. With the lockout looming, it's unlikely in the extreme that any team would take on any of these deals. There could be takers for Flynn, who has never really taken over the starting point guard job in Minnesota and who likely won't next season when and if Ricky Rubio comes over from Spain (though Rubio is not having a great season this year playing for FC Barcelona, one of the ACB and Euroleague's top teams). Mayo has been involved in trade rumors for weeks, and at 23 and still on his rookie contract, he'll likely be moving on (the fight with teammate Tony Allen on the team plane last month was not the only time Mayo has gotten into verbal altercations with teammates, I'm told)."

from David Aldridge's Feb. 7th column on NBA.com via HoopHype.com

Howard and Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic had a testy exchange in the fourth period. After Pekovic...


Howard and Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic had a testy exchange in the fourth period. After Pekovic whacked Howard across the arms on a post move, Howard grabbed Pekovic’s wrist to slow him down from running the break. Then, after the two nearly came to blows while fighting for a rebound, Pekovic shoved Howard on the other end of the floor and was whistled for a personal foul. ``They have a couple of MMA fighters on their team,’’ Howard said. ``We only have one MMA fighter and that’s me. It was a very physical game. Do we like physical games? Yes, but both teams have to play through it. It is rare when you have players like Pekovic, Darko (Milicic) and (Kosta) Koufos. It is fun, but you just have to learn to play through it.’’

John Denton, BeMagic - official site of the Orlando Magic via NBA.com

Game thread - Wolves vs. Wizards 1-13-11

Haven't seen a game thread up on the site yet, so thought I'd get one started.  Our beloved 'Pups will be without B-Easy tonight, so we'll see Wes get some big burn at the 3.  Should be a game we...

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