Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

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David Kahn= The Obama of Basketball

June 25, 2010

Change. Easily said, sometimes done, rarely successful. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been the laughing stock of the NBA ever since we traded our franchise player for Al Jefferson and no one else who remains on the Wolves active roster. As elated as I could be once we pushed one GM out the door, I went to bed last night praying to 4 different gods he would return. Last night in Kahn’s 2nd draft as the Wolves GM, he kicked off the night with a B+ pick. Wesley Johnson is a legit three who can fill it up and provides us with a swing that can shoot. A definite need filler here. The problem here lies in the fact that when you win 17 games, you don’t draft on need, you take best available, and expanding on that, you take best available who happens to be another need of yours. Demarcus Cousins. Yeah, yeah, of course you will here questions about his weight or his drive, but let’s be honest how much does character matter in this league. Ron Artest looked pretty good a week ago huh? Cousins is the closest thing to a near lock for a 20/10 guy every night, but don’t get me wrong Wesley will get his and is a guy you can build around. Congrats David, those are the last good things you will hear from me in a long while.
As the case in last years draft, a good start is followed up by the same old, “What is he doing?” “He must be making a trade.” I once asked these questions, and now I just wonder rhetorically. With our 2nd of 5 picks, and 3 in the 1st round, we take yet another 3. Hmmmm, does anybody see a trend building? This time it’s Luke Babbitt, a tweener in every sense of the word. He’s a great shooter but couldn’t guard me, much less a quicker 3 or a stronger 4. As I sit wondering, hoping, Kahn could do something moderately intelligent, I get wind of a trade. As I hear this, I naturally get excited like freshman college student’s orientation day, but the excitement quickly dwindles as it becomes a reality to me. David Kahn pulls no good moves. He trades Babbitt and Ryan Gomes, our last remaining piece of the KG trade besides Big Al to Portland for Martell Webster. Yet another 3. If you can’t see the trend now, stop reading. We trade Gomes’ expiring contract to gain Martell Webster’s 10.6 million dollar contract in a summer where we have cap space to sign a mid level player such as Rudy Gay, who is a proven 3. Trust me, if your sick of this rant, I’m way more sick of it, which is why I will hop off this computer sooner rather than later and forget the T’Wolves exist for 4 years. With our 3rd pick of the 1st round, we take Trevor Booker, you can guess the position. Is this a joke? Jeff Foxworthy, meet David Kahn. Oh wait another trade, we are moving Trevor Booker and his undersized 3 body, to acquire Lazar Hayward who really is a severly undersized 4!!! I praise David Kahn because he broke the streak. But then again how many undersized 4’s do we have? Weird? In the 2nd round we take a big from Budapest or Afghanistan or some place I couldn’t point out on the map. I digress this rant by saying, whichever 65 people who are planning on watching Wolves run their Triangle offense this year, please keep your excitement to yourselves. Until we figure out our Point Guard situation and realize playing Al and Kev together won’t work, you can find me studying or heck even watching Extreme Home Makeover rather than the Kahn led pups.

Zack Marchand

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Sports World Humor

June 16, 2010

While indulging in the wonderful world of sports this past week I have found many things to be interesting and humorous. Everyone loves the decisions made by coaches which leave us scratching our heads and provide us with something to complain about the next day when we converse with our buddies. Here are a few “incidents” (if you will) which caught my attention (these are not numbered worst to first, they’re just numbered).

1. Darnell Dockett’s amazing mathematical skills while calling out Albert Haynesworth and Mike Florio’s sarcastic comment.)
“That’s why I tell y’all I’m nothing like these dudes, for a 100 million my ass will play 4-3, 3-4, 5-9, 4-8, and still whip ass!” Dockett declared. (Actually, we’ve heard that Vikings coach Brad Childress has been experimenting with the 4-8 alignment. On offense.) courtesy of Profootballtalk.com.

2. Guy’s reply to Darnell Dockett’s calling out of Haynesworth.

Running a 5-9, 99% of the players will whip ass.

3. Ron Gardenhire starting Nick Punto (Batting Average of .231), Trevor Plouffe (.130), Brendan Harris (.160), and Drew Butera (.135) in the same lineup on Sunday 6/13 vs. the Atlanta Braves…he also started Michael Cuddyer in Center Field…funny thing happened that game, the Twins got out-hit 16-4 and lost 7-3…

4. Ron Gardenhire’s unexplainable desire to have someone who is hitting under the Mendoza line (batting average under .200 for those of you who don’t know baseball) while Delmon Young sits in the 7 hole batting .295 with 8 bombs and 41 RBI…
—Lead in to next comment-Matt Tolbert is also a “Gardy favorite for the 2 spot…he’s hittin a whopping .167

5. Perhaps the most startling incident of the week, Matt Tolbert hits a Home run at target field followed by a Joe Mauer strikeout??? (Nick Punto was also 2/3 that game with a 2 RBI double…

6. Chilly Strikes Again – Vikings sign Ryan Moats while Brian Westbrook is still a free-agent. They now have 6 rb’s on the roster and Adrian Peterson is carrying a “weighted football” at practice to work on not fumbling…Chilly claims it’s like having a doughnut on a baseball bat meaning the ball will then feel like nothing in Peterson’s arms…meaning he will be more aware he’s holding it?

7. This just in…Minnesota coaches suck? What?

8. Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ slober and Nate Robinson’s comment “weez like Shrek and Donkey!!” courtesy of Chris Emma for the quote.

9. Pau Gasol is still the ugliest man in the NBA, the question is does he look more like an Ostrich or a Camel?

10. Ray Allen sets an NBA record for 3-pointer made in a Finals Game followed by missing his next 16 straight (minimum, not sure of the exact number).

11. The Big 10 decides to add Nebraska…first of all they’ve been the Big 10 for years with 11 teams, now they have 12 teams. The Big 12 teams dropped to 10 teams…do the conferences switch names??

Just a few things to ponder and discuss, enjoy!

Jamieson