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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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Dear Brad…let’s get a real Safety this offseason?

June 4, 2010

As most die-hard vikings fan will realize we haven’t had the best secondary in the last few years. Many of the skewed stats descend from the fact no team can run on our big boys up front and are forced to pass. However, let’s be honest, some of it comes from the lack of talent in our last line of defense, the Safety position. Then we brought in Madieu Williams. It is safe to say the media over-played the arrival of Madieu just two years ago. So we take a look at Madieu’s stats and conclude he is a descent safety. In 24 games started (the last two years) Madieu has racked up 116 tackles, 2 INT’s, and 0 forced fumbles. Williams isn’t necessarily a big hitter. So those tackles aren’t bad. About 60 tackles in 12 games averages out to be around 80 tackles per year. With only 2 INT’s over the past two years on a defense that is constantly thrown on (while creating an immense amount of pressure on the opposing QB) those numbers HAVE to be higher). 0 Forced fumbles is also pathetic.
Insert Oshiomogho Atogwe…or O.J. for short. This off-season O.J. has become a free agent and has made comments about coming over to Minnesota. He would fit perfectly in the Vikings system and the transition would be easy because he’s played in a dome for the last 5 seasons (his whole career). Let’s crunch Atogwe’s numbers. The formal Stanford Cardinal has accumulated a total of 159 tackles in the last 2 years in just 28 games. Which (if he stays healthy) averages out to be 90 tackles per year. He’s also intercepted 7 passes and forced a startling 9 fumbles…as a Free Safety. He is a football minded, hard-hitting player who would upgrade most anyone’s defense in the NFL. The Vikings could use him at either Strong or Free safety and Tyrell Johnson out of the lineup. O.J. Atogwe is better than Minnesota’s best Safety so why not pick him up and mix and match another player for the other starting safety spot?
When Tyrell Johnson is actually in the right zone or manned up on his assignment, it’s surprising. He legitimately is more out-of-place than Rasheed Wallace on a hockey rink. Since we went over the other two players’ numbers I suppose we’ll have to go over Tyrell’s. Johnson has 88 tackles in 22 games started. This number gives him 64 tackles on average for a full year of play. He also has 2 INT’s and 0 forced fumbles. Chilly…get him out of the lineup please? He’s lucky there isn’t a stat for big plays given up that were all his fault…it seems as if the vikings have a knack for starting players with the initials “TJ” who have close to zero talent at all (hint…think #7).
To conclude this little rant, please Vikings, go out and get Atogwe…we need help in the secondary and he is a great fit!

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Jamieson Russek