Category: Timberwolves


Kevin Love voted to All-NBA 2nd team

 Kevin Love had a monster season and the voters for the All-NBA teams rewarded him by putting him on the 2nd team. It also can put to rest the notion if he is the best PF in the game today. He is, in fact, the 3rd best forward overall, at least this season. Making the 1st team seems almost impossible this year with most of the points going for the forward positions going to MVP candidates LeBron James (596) and Kevin Durant (591). Love finished 3rd with 365 points. Here is a complete list of all 3 All-NBA teams:

1st: LeBron, Durant, Dwight, Kobe, Chris Paul

2nd: Love, Griffin, Bynum, Parker, Westbrook

3rd: Melo, Dirk, Chandler, D-Wade, Rondo.

 This is just an example of how loaded with talent the NBA is right now. Notable players left off the list include  D-Rose, Pierce, Aldridge, Pau and Marc Gasol, Steve Nash,  and Kevin Garnett.

 This is another good sign for a hopeful Wolves team next year which also boast a All-NBA rookie 1st team and 2nd team player in Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams. Congrats to Love on his much deserved award.

 It was a fun year even with the injury bug biting over and over. Finally, it bit more than the Wolves could handle knocking out Ricky Rubio for the year with his torn ACL. Minnesota was on track to the playoffs until that happened. That was not the only reason for their downfall but it certainly was a big piece to the puzzle. Even missing 24 of the possible 65 games in the lockout shortened season Rubio was voted to the 1st team All-NBA rookie team. Other rookies earning 1st team nods included Kyrie Irving, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leond, and Brandon Knight. Normally, they only have 5 players make it but a situation where 3 players tied for 5th resulted in 7 players named to the team as opposed to just 5. Fellow Timberwolves’ forward Derrick Williams made 2nd team along with Tristan Thompson, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, and MarShon Brooks. Continue reading

Timberwolves interested in Alexey Shved

 Alexey Shved is not exactly a household name but that could change. Shved is a 6’6″, 190 lb Russian guard for CSKA Moscow and is on a lot of teams radar, the Wolves among them (according to Sports.ru). Interest in Shved picked up last February when Wolves international scout Pete Philo began taking notice. The lingering question always remains about how his game will translate to the NBA. Scouting Shved shows that he can play either point guard or shooting guard. He also is a strong competitor with great basketball instincts and a strong skill to shoot the ball off the dribble, something lacking from last years Timberwolves.

Rumors have Shved looking for a 3 year deal in the $10-$12 Million range which is a bit overpriced. Shved’s agent has since come out refuting those claims. He is still under contract in Europe but all signs are pointing to him making a jump to the NBA next season.

Video: Ricky Rubio is good at HORSE

 After surgery, Ricky Rubio is still on the mend. Did we really expect that to keep him off the court? Recent twitter videos posted by Rubio shows a few of his trick shots during a game of HORSE, bad knee and all. Take a look Continue reading

Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

 Ricky Rubio may have taken another step towards superstar status. Still just a kid at 21-years of age and not even finishing an entire season due to injury, reports are that Ricky Rubio has signed a monster contract with Adidas, according to tubasket.com (site is not in English). The exact amount is not known yet but it is reported that only 2 players will earn more than him, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. If you recall, Rose signed a 14-year, $260 Million deal with Adidas this year so anything close to that would make Rubio a wealthy man.

 This is also good news if you look at the Timberwolves’ long-term future. One of the big problems the media outlets discussed is that Minnesota is too small of a market to keep Rubio long-term. Well, this is a good step in proving them wrong. The next step is for Ricky to get healthy so he can lace up his new shoes on the court.

UPDATE: Initial reports are showing the deal will be worth a reported 14-years, $240 Million ($193 Million guaranteed). Just want to emphasize that these are just reports right now and nothing is confirmed. We’ll post more information as it become available. For instant updates make sure you follow us on TWITTER or “Like” us on FACEBOOK.

 It wasn’t one of the most exciting press conferences. Basically, everyone came to the microphone and thanked everyone for their hard work and the fans for their support. Zygi seemed the most excited about all of this. When opened for questions a lot were along the line of threatening to moving the team or selling the team and he just replied with, “We’re here to stay, guys.” Zygi really is a great owner and now he will have a great stadium as well.  Continue reading

 The future of the Timberwolves has finally begun to look brighter. They have 2 cornerstones to the team in Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, a young potential star in Derrick Williams, and a legendary coach in Rick Adelman. Put all those together and you have an intriguing team for potential buyers. The good news is that the 71-year old Taylor wants to do what is right for Minnesota; sell the team to someone who intents on keeping the team put. Here is what Taylor had to say regarding the topic via the Associated Press:

“I could find somebody to buy the team. That’s not my problem, I have to find someone that’s committed to here. It’s always best if it would be a Minnesotan. I’m telling you I don’t know that’s the way it’s going to work out. I haven’t had a lot of Minnesotans step up.”

It isn’t that surprising the Taylor wishes to find a successor at his age and with the some health issues he has encountered. A big key will be future renovations at Target Center and finding someone who is committed long-term to the state of Minnesota.