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"The doctor said I can go into the next phase, which is a lot of contact work," Budinger said after the Wolves' shootaround. "What I can do is start playing one on one with the coaches and do some two-on-two stuff. Hopefully, (Wolves forward) Kevin (Love) will get cleared and we can start working out together and do some two-on-two stuff." Budinger will participate in his first workout with assistant coach Shawn Respert before the Wolves' game Tuesday night against San Antonio at Target Center. Budinger remained uncertain when he might be able to play. Including Tuesday's game, the Wolves (21-39) have 12 games in 18 days, which will limit the team's practice schedule. Budinger said the Wolves have only two formal practices scheduled over the next two weeks. "Those are the two days I'm going to have to really get after it," Budinger said. -Pinoneer Press
Inspired by winning an Olympic gold medal with the United States men's basketball team at the London Games, Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love says there is no reason why the Wolves can't make the NBA playoffs this season.
"Why wouldn't I say that?" Love said at a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Target Center. "Yeah, we're going to make the playoffs."
''Shoot a zillion jump shots a day. Dribble a million minutes a day. Just work on being an all-around player, from rebounding to defending to blocking shots to stealing basketballs to scoring to playmaking,'' Beasley said, then repeating for emphasis: ''Just working on being an all-around great player. Not just a scorer, not just a defender, not just a rebounder. Just being an all-around great player.'' -By DAVE CAMPBELL | The Associated Press For more about Beasley's off-season and future follow the link.
"Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio continues to dazzle with his court vision and his flashy alley-oop passes. He is currently second in the league with 15 alley-oop assists, trailing only Chris Paul's 18, and is tied for first with nine point-assist double-doubles on the year. His ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates helped him earn Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January this week. " The Timberwolves' video compliation of Rubio's alley-oops this season. The breakdown is AR-5, D-Will-4, Beas-3, K-Love-1, Wes-1, Martell-1. Do any websites carry alley-oop stats?
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced their two-game preseason schedule Friday afternoon, a home-and-home series with the Milwaukee Bucks. The first game will be Saturday, December 17 at Target Center. The second game will be Wednesday, December 21 in Milwaukee. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Timberwolves also announced tickets for the lone preseason game at Target Center will go on sale Wednesday, December 7 at 10 a.m. -KARE 11
The NBA Players Association filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and its 30 teams in the same venue where the NFL and its players fought last spring and summer. The same Minneapolis law firm that helped represent the NFL players filed a lawsuit for all NBA players, but specifically named Timberwolves players Anthony Tolliver and Derrick Williams as well as Caron Butler and Ben Gordon as plaintiffs. Players association lawyers also filed a separate lawsuit naming five plaintiffs, including superstars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, in a Northern California court on Tuesday. The lawsuits ask a judge to award damages three times (more than $2 billion) the players' lost salaries caused by the owners' lockout of players, or what the lawsuit contends is an illegal "group boycott and price-fixing arrangement." The Minneapolis lawsuit specifically names a player who is a free agent (Butler), two currently under NBA contracts (Tolliver and Gordon) and an unsigned rookie (Williams) on behalf of all other NBA players "similarly situated." Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — Bill Edlefsen might be the most loyal Minnesota Timberwolves fan you'll ever meet. He's been a season-ticket holder since the NBA franchise's infancy, more than two decades ago, and he sits in the Twin Cities' version of the "Jack Nicholson seats," right by the visitors' bench. "They should send a cab for me," Edlefsen joked in reference to his loyalty to the team. But even Edlefsen sounds a bit depressed when the topic of the NBA lockout comes up. After all, the longtime fan knows his team's perceived offseason momentum has slammed to a halt. "I think it's really, really sad for the Timberwolves," said Edlefsen, a manufacturer's rep. "Because they've got a quality coach (Rick Adelman), and with (point guard Ricky) Rubio coming in and (rookie forward) Derrick Williams and everything, people were excited. "It's kind of a shame." With the first month of the NBA schedule already canceled and the growing possibility more games will be lost, others in the Minneapolis area are starting to share Edlefsen's concern — especially those with businesses that have a symbiotic relationship with Timberwolves basketball. This lockout affects far more than millionaire players and billionaire owners. Plenty of relatively blue-collar locals could see their bottom lines take a hit if the NBA's labor dispute lingers. Yusuf Ahmed, who works as a parking-lot attendant near the Target Center, said the NBA lockout has become a concern for his business. "When the Timberwolves play, it's really super busy," Ahmed said. "But now I don't know. If the Timberwolves play, (the parking lot) would be full. We used to make a lot of money. But now I don't see it Plenty of Minneapolis pubs rely on the presence of NBA stars in the nearby Target Center to get their business flowing. The article goes to list a few more examples. I am going to have to disagree with the article with respect to this: The walls of sports-memorabilia retailer Pro Image are lined with countless clothing items representing the Minnesota Wild, Vikings and Twins. But, at the moment, only a few Timberwolves jerseys are scattered throughout Pro Image's racks, like the Wesley Johnson one in the back. From my experience nowhere carries more than a couple Love and a couple Wes jerseys. Its got a helluva lot more to do with the state of the Timberwolves than the state of the lockout as the article seems to imply.
Six thousand miles from home and perhaps even farther yet from his first NBA game, Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has prepped in Los Angeles for his new life and new league by scrimmaging with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce by day and -- at least just once -- visiting the city's freak shows by night. "I like to lead a normal life," the 21-year-old from Spain said in a telephone interview from L.A. on an unusual rainy Friday afternoon, "but I went to Hollywood Boulevard for Halloween and everybody was dressing up and it was fun. It was amazing all the people that were there. I really liked it." He left Barcelona and the Euroleague far behind and arrived in California last month to train twice a day and play pickup ball with athletes he will call opponents whenever this lengthening NBA lockout ends. "The best thing I can do is come here, play with the guys who are playing in the NBA and be ready when the league starts," he said. "The best thing I can do is see them play. In the end, it's basketball, you know? But it's different than Europe. I needed to come here so I can feel and I can see and I can watch how to play." And so Rubio has worked with renowned NBA trainer Joe Abunassar and practiced daily with a rotating lineup of players such as Garnett, Pierce, Danny Granger, Joakim Noah, Shawn Marion, Nick Young and fellow rookie Enes Kanter, among many others. Nearly two years after he was drafted fifth overall in 2009, Rubio signed with the Wolves in May under terms of the NBA's last labor agreement rather than risk what the new one will look like. He agreed to a rookie contract scheduled to pay him nearly $3.5 million this next season and decided to leave home last month, rather than stay to train or perhaps re-sign with Regal Barcelona or another Spanish team until a labor lockout that now is threatening to turn really ugly ends. "Of course, I miss Barcelona, but I need that change because I lived there all my life, for 20 years," he said. "I appreciate all the things that are in Barcelona, but really I need a change and I want to do it big here. I'm only here in L.A. for who knows, maybe one more week, maybe one more month [until the lockout ends]? I don't know. "I think change is good. My friends from before, my family, all the things I left at home, that change will make me grow and make me feel I'm good enough, feel I am ready." His father has visited him in Los Angeles, and his mother arrives next week. He'll also return to Minnesota in the next few weeks to search for a place to live. It will be his first time back since he was introduced at a Target Center news conference in June. During his week here, he played ball with new teammates Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Martell Webster and others for the first time. "I really like I what I see," he said. "There are a lot of players almost the same age as me. I see the team growing up together. I think we can improve a lot. There is a lot of talent there. My first two days there, I was with Anthony Randolph and it was amazing throwing him the ball. He would catch no matter where you passed. From a bad pass, he make an assist. "That will help me play well. I am a point guard. My goal is to get all five players playing the same way, playing together to make them all better. That's what I can do." The last time he visited, Minneapolis was leafy green and warm. The next time? "I know the weather won't be like that when I go back," Rubio said. "I love the place. The people are so nice. I talk with KG, too, and he talked to me great things about Minnesota. He said the crowd cheers very hard for the team. They love the sport. We have to fight to give them what they are waiting for us to do, to win. "I'm from Barcelona and now I'm in California, so Minnesota will be a big change. In the end, you have your house and you have the skywalks to go through, so that will make it easier for me. I have seen snow before: For a week in the mountains, but for no more than a week. "But I'm ready, ready to get started, ready to make my dream come true. It doesn't matter the weather. In the beginning, it will be funny. In the end, it will be hard." Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
Posted by Ben Golliver. Here's a lawsuit that just might substantiate all of your worst fears about the ugly behind-the-scenes behavior that stains elite amateur basketball. The Washington Post reports that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is suing his former agent and his former AAU coach for conspiring to create a situation in which they could represent him once he became a professional player. The lawsuit alleges that the agent, Joel Bell, and the coach, Curtis Malone, first sank their teeth into Beasley when he was 14 years old. The lawsuit comes less than a year after Bell sued Beasley for wrongful termination and breach-of-contract. Beasley's allegations in this countersuit are lengthy and complicated. To boil it down: The Post reports that Beasley and his mother allege that Bell helped cover the costs of Beasley's participation in a high-profile AAU team, including transportation, lodging, other family expenses and $2,500 in cash. The lawsuit also reportedly alleges that in return for that help the agent and coach took steps to ensure that Beasley would sign with Bell once he turned pro after one season at Kansas State, including paying for his mother's rent and car payment after she moved to Kansas to be near Beasley. The paper reports that Bell and Malone either declined comment or did not return messages. Providing direct or indirect compensation to high school players with the expectation of representing them in the future is generally believed to be a common practice among agents and wannabe agents but rarely are details made public because it opens up a Pandora's box of complications. There is the possibility for NCAA sanctions for programs who signed the player, signed other players from the same AAU program or signed other players who are eventually represented by the same agent. There's the bad press that will hit the player and his family for taking illegal gifts that they "know were wrong." There's the red flag in NBA circles that pops up on that player when it comes to assessing his decision-making and character. There's the potential for major damages or, maybe in a worst case scenario, jail time for agents who act improperly. There's the chance that future basketball players won't want to have anything to do with a coach whose program has been tainted. That Beasley is pursuing legal action, then, is fairly remarkable given all of these external forces working against him and his mother exposing their version of the truth. The big question: Will the ordeal be worth it?
Jerry Z's take on the Beasley "All Star Classic." A few of the more interesting notes: * Beasley did look noticeably slimmer. He said he played last season around 240 and now after a summer of experimenting with ballet and yoga is about 225, a change he said is intended to help him prolong his career. "I never had fat," he said. "I’m just more prepared now." * Anthony Randolph looks a little thicker after a prolonged summer spent working out. You can see he’s more defined, but he’s still a skinny dude. It’ll be interesting to see how much Rick Adelman plays him at center. Adelman certainly will have options because he can play Love at power forward and center, Derrick Williams at both forward spots and Randolph at all three frontcourt positions. Beasley’s weight loss – and the additions of Randolph last February and Williams in the draft – suggests he’ll play almost exclusively at small forward now. "I feel like we need a leader," Beasley said. "We’ve got a young talented group and all we need is the right coach and the right floor general… "I want to be, I think I can be that guy."
I think I will list a few related articles to the game. The long and short of it it though is that Beasley scored a game high of 56 against the likes of LeBron, Durant, Harden, Carmelo, Westbrook, and CP3. While the main link includes the top ten plays, and a few backhanded comments such as: "Well, Beasley did have 56 points in Durant’s Sunday charity game in Oklahoma City, showing that when he plays in a game with no defense he can score (he was almost scoreless in the fourth quarter when the teams got serious)." and "And the 13,000 people in attendance loved every minute of it. Even if some had to ask who Beasley was." Another article had some interesting statements from Michael. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-10-24/durants-team-wins-charity-basketball-game "Fighting over 3 percent, that's kind of retarded to me," said Michael Beasley, who scored a game-high 56 points. "But it is what is. We'll come to an agreement." "The quicker we can get a deal done, the better," he added. "Like I've been saying before, the main ones suffering are our fans." "It's for the fans. Basketball's a getaway, a getaway for a lot of people, and right now with the lockout, they can't get away," Beasley said. "We're going to do games like this for as long as possible as much as possible." Also head here for a few more clips of Beasley in action this offseason: http://thehoopdoctors.com/online2/2011/10/beasleys-56-not-enough-in-kevin-durants-charity-game/comment-page-1/
How did we rank the players? We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player." I am including 11-15 since those have been released as well. Worth note that Blake Griffin has not been ranked yet, so was ranked in the top 10 in the league, which I think most would agree is a stretch. 11. Pau Gasol 12. Carmelo Anthony 13. Amare Stoudemire 14. Steve Nash 15. Russell Westbrook *16. Kevin Love* 17. Rajon Rondo 18. Manu Ginobili 19. Tim Duncan 20. Zach Randolph
On Tuesday afternoon, Wolves editor/writer Jonah Ballow sat down with president of basketball operations David Kahn to discuss his decision to hire head coach Rick Adelman.
5-on-5: Can Ricky Rubio's arrival help Minnesota Timberwolves find winning direction? The Minnesota Timberwolves might turn to Rick Adelman as their next coach, a veteran basketball mind they hope can mold a collection of young talent into something formidable. Not much formidable went on last season. Kevin Love's double-double streak of 53 games was a rare positive during a slouch into the cellar with an ill-fitting triangle offense. Now, it'll likely be less triangle, and more cowbell. Or just better harmony. Love's musician uncle, Mike Love, turned in notable work found on the Beach Boys album "Endless Summer." So far for Minnesota under the reign of GM David Kahn, it's just been an endless bummer. Will that change? We take a look ahead to a brighter Target Center future, 5-on-5 style: Its pretty lengthy, so follow the link to hear what they are saying about our wolves!
The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be close to hiring Rick Adelman as their next head coach. After saying earlier this month that he planned on taking some time off, Adelman interviewed for the position last week, and reportedly has already reached out to potential assistants. What’s more, the Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda reported via Twitter that the T-Wolves and Adelman have already agreed to a pay range of $4-6 million per year. "Three reasons why this #Timberwolves-Adelman dance has become serious: $$$, willingness to accept RA's staff and Adelman-Love relationship," Zgoda added. EDIT: Kahn may be close to pulling of a signing even more shocking than Rubio's . Adelman would be the best thing that's happened for this franchise since Sammy and Spree came to town.
The article is not really about Kevin Love at all, but I was suprised to see how rare white, American born all-stars have become. "Mullin, who once wore a cheap-Halloween-costume-bedsheet-style ghost outfit for a Sports Illustrated photo (see page 54 of this issue) also represents another vanishing breed: the white, American-born basketball star. Mullin was selected to the All-Star team five times in his career. Since 2003 there have been a total of five appearances by American-born white players in the All-Star Game: Kevin Love (2011), Chris Kaman (2010), David Lee (2010) and Brad Miller (2003 and 2004)." By J.A. Adande ESPN.com
2. Who's the most underrated power forward in the NBA? Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: Kevin Love is not just a kid to keep your eye on, he's nipping at Dirk's heels right now. He's arguably the best rebounder in the NBA and legendary at that for his age (22). But he can also shoot the 3 and everything else. Incredible. Also, Reggie Evans is the rebounding monster everybody forgot. Rahat Huq, Red94: Kevin Love is offhandedly appreciated as some sort of rebounding freak, but the extent of his prowess is not quite recognized. The Timberwolf leads all power forward regulars in PER, win shares and total rebounding rate and is among the tops in a host of other categories. I don't think I'm alone in hoping to find Love in another city. -ESPN More on the link.
Press conference tomorrow, Wolves expecting Love to win Most Improved Player.
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