Tag:Minnesota Timberwolves
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 2:51 pm

Lakers F Matt Barnes punches opponent in pro-am

Posted by Ben Golliver


Matt Barnes will see your fan face mushing, Michael Beasley, and raise you to suckerpunching an opponent.

Just hours after Beasley, forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, pushed a fan in the face at a New York City exhibition games, Barnes, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, reportedly upped the ante at a Bay Area pro-am game.

Barnes, who was arrested on domestic violence charges in September and suspended by the NBA for shoving a rival assistant coach to the ground in April, reportedly socked an opponent in the face during a game on Thursday night.

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Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes got into a fight Thursday night at a Pro-Am game in San Francisco. It happened at the Kezar Pavillion during a game between Barnes's Dream Team and a team called East Bay. Barnes apparently punched an East Bay player in the face, but the refs didn't see it and Barnes wasn't ejected from the game.
In an interview posted on TrueHoop.com, Barnes discussed the punch.
"There's only so much I'm going to take. I'm a grown man first, so if you think you're going to come out here and rough me up and cheap shot, I'm not having that s***.  He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one. People just think they can talk any way or do anything to ... me. You can't. You can't do that, cuz you know people are men out here. So if you think you're going to come out here and punk someone, that s*** ain't happening."
Not only was Barnes not ejected, he went on to hit the game-winning runner.

Barnes is entering the final year of his current deal with the Lakers, set to make $1.9 million in 2011-2012. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.2 minutes last season.

Here's video of the aftermath of the fight courtesy of YouTube user pcnc2011

Hat tip: LakersNation.com.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:35 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 12:24 pm

Michael Beasley shoves fan in face at exhibition

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley-face

Streetball games are meant to provide in-your-face action for diehard fans. But not like this.

A number of top NBA players -- including Oklahoma City All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley -- converged on the legendary Dyckman Park in New York City for an exhibition game between Team 914 and Team Nike on Thursday night.

Unfortunately, the courtside banter proved to be too much for Beasley, as the New York Daily News reports that one of the NBA's notorious knuckleheads decided to shove a heckler in the face during the game.
In the second half, Beasley began jawing with some fans under one of the baskets, at one point shouting "I get paid to do this!" to a section of the packed house.

One of the fans, Garland Quince, was involved in the chatter. Beasley approached Quince, who was standing behind a portable metal barrier. Beasley then "mushed" him, as Quince described it, placing both hands on his face and shoving him backward.

"He just mushed me. He mushed me in my face," Quince said. "I was arguing about a Kevin Durant call and he just mushed me in my face."

The game was stopped briefly as security guards helped the situation cool down. 
Beasley has kept busy this summer, competing in exhibition and charity games across the country. And, of course, getting busted for pot possession back in July.

Beasley is brash, talented and self-confident to a fault. If you had to list the NBA players in order of who was most likely to get into an altercation with a fan during an exhibition game, Beasley would certainly be in the top five, along with Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson and Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

Given that the Timberwolves are the league's most dysfunctional mess, Beasley has no motivation for toeing the line during the lockout. Whenever the NBA starts up again, he'll be playing for a new coach who has yet to be hired. If he could see the bigger picture, he would realize that he will almost certainly not be worth the $8.2 millon qualifying offer that will be needed to keep him after the 2011-2012 season, meaning he should be on his best behavior so that someone not named David Kahn might be willing to take a chance on him and his horrifically inefficient volume scoring.

Update: Here's video of the incident courtesy of YouTube user ThePowProduction.

Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:47 am

Rubio's not going back unless season is lost

By Matt Moore

With the NBA locked out for the foreseeable future and players flocking overseas (okay, not really, they're just all saying they're flocking overseas), surely Ricky Rubio will be the first one to abandon his newly embraced Wolves for the sweet bosom of his former team, FC Barcelona, right? Not so fast, mi compadre. From MundoDeportivo.com (via a loose Google Translation):
Mundo Deportivo:If confirmed, the lockout, do you consider the option of playing at the Regal Barcelona?

Rubio: Well, if it confirms the 'lockout', yes. I think to waste a year would be counterproductive, not if they were only a few months. I think we should appreciate everything I thought and still think that the 'lockout' will be short, or that it will not stop the season starts, so I made my decision, but if I return to Europe, my first choice is the club.
via Ricky: "If there lockouts Barca is my first choice".

This is all good news for Wolves fans. Not only is Rubio not heading over unless the entire season is lost, but he's confident and committed to sticking with Minnesota now that he's come over. It's good to hear that he's not waffling or running back into FC Barcelona's arms immediately. At the same time, it's better if he stays in shape with the Spanish club if the whole season is lost rathern that just working out on his own. It's the best of both worlds, really. 

Rubio will be playing in EuroBasket this year for the national team as expected for yet another stacked Spanish team. And if the season is lost, expect FC Barcelona to be stacked with NBA players like Marc Gasol and even possibly his older All-Star brother. 

Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:54 pm

Rick Adelman says no plans to return to coaching

By Matt Moore

Rick Adelman is still at the top of most coaching lists. With his experience, history of success, and familiarity with both the players and the league, he's a prime candidate for anyone needing a coach. Adelman has hinted in the past he'd like to enter the GM side of things, to enjoy the perks of not being on the coaching grind. But with his being linked to talks with the Timberwolves, surely he's back open to coaching, right?

Maybe not.

From an interview with his hometown Statesman Journal:
"Its a hard grind in the NBA, and Ive been doing it for 20-plus years," he said. "Im just looking forward to getting away from it."Adelman said he tries not to pay attention to media reports, waiting to hear from the teams themselves."

They had me interviewing a couple of places that I never even went to," he said. "Its all part of it now. If you dont have a job and youve coached in the league, the first thing that happens if a job opens up, they throw the same names out there."

Sometimes you know things are happening, but until you hear from teams, I dont believe a lot of things I read."
via Ex-NBA coach Adelman back for Chemeketa event | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com.

Now, that's pretty standard talk from a coach on the interview circuit, downplaying the media and talking about how he's going to just enjoy life. There continues to be talk that a phone interview was conducted between Adelman and the Wolves last week and that the interest is mutual. The only real question is if Adelman wants the player control he wouldn't be afforded with Minnesota. 

It's hard to say Adelman's off the market, despite his claims otherwise. 

Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 3:36 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Posted by Royce Young

Sometimes people forget that players are NBA fans too. They obviously are rooting for their own team to win the most, but they watch the games, they care about who wins and doesn't and pay attention to all the biggest stories.

So with last season's no doubt biggest story being the Miami Heat, a lot of players had opinions on the team. And just like a lot of fans celebrated when the Heat lost in six games to the Mavericks in The Finals, so did players. At least so says Kevin Love. Via the Sun-Sentinel, when Love was asked by WFAN in New York if players were happy, he had no problem saying absolutely.

“Oh yeah, great amount of joy out of it,” he said. “Plus, for me, they say nice guys, good guys finish last. But Dallas, they just had a slew of great guys and veterans on their team that made for just a great team.

“It wasn’t just two, three, four guys on the team, like Miami I kind of felt it was.

“Around the league, it was kind of a consensus that guys were happy.”

Obviously this isn't really shocking because we all pretty much knew the second LeBron said he was joining the Heat that everyone set them as enemy No. 1. Teams played them like it was a playoff game every night and the Heat were forced to take everyone's best shot. People wanted to beat them. And so the teams that couldn't were forced to just root against them in The Finals.

But what made it even easier to root against the Heat was the fact that it was pretty easy to root for the Mavericks. Dirk was chasing his first title along with quality veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion. It was one of those teams that if they didn't get it done this time, you'd kind of have to wonder if they ever would. With the Heat, they're going to have more chances.

Love is kind of trying to say that the Mavs' victory was a triumph for team basketball, which is something every basketball purist -- like Love -- appreciates. Some probably found joy in the Heat's failure because of jealousy, some because of dislike and some for whatever reason they came up with. The Heat were the villains of the NBA last season and will continue to be.

And Kevin Love will probably have a lot more opportunities to sit at home and hope the Heat lose in The Finals. Because he plays for the Wolves, you see.

Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:20 pm

Rubio says he needs to buff up

By Matt Moore

As excited as people are to see Ricky Rubio play in the NBA, there are questions. In particular, Rubio's frame holds a lot of concern. He's a spindly kid, and though he's nearly 6-4 and still only 21, he just hasn't filled out enough for people to feel totally confident about how he'll handle the NBA's physicality. The good news is, Rubio's aware of it. From FIBA.com:
Rubio can expect the changes to be big, both on and off the court.

"I think it will be physically harder than Europe - I will need to do more weights," he said of the NBA's playing style.
via ESP - Rubio Ready For The Next Step | FIBA.COM.

Rubio's considered to be a quality defender off the bat, but against bigger guards like Deron Williams, Chauncey Billups, and Even Jason Kidd with his muscle, Rubio will be blown back in post situations and fighting through screens. You see so many young players really start to put on muscle after a few years in NBA weight training programs, and that kind of set up will do wonders for Rubio. Those slick passes and shifty moves need some umph. 

An awareness of this is a great sign for Wolves fans. It would be really easy for Rubio to play the "my game is good enough" card. We see it all the time in the NBA. But instead, Rubio's admitting to something that he needs to do to adjust. That self-awareness will help him isolate things to improve upon and not get wrapped up in himself (which has been a concern from those who have interacted with him). Additionally, knowing the NBA is going to be a challenge and he can't just waltz through it is what you want to hear from a star young player. Rubio's off to a great start with the Wolves, without having played a game, and without being able to even get inside the arena yet.  
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 3:28 pm

Kevin Love consulting Wolves in coaching search

Posted by Royce Young

When the Lakers hired Mike Brown as Phil Jackson's replacement in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant was a little cheesed that he wasn't at least asked about the hire. As the team's best player and franchise face, Kobe felt he was at least owed the respect of being consulted on it.

The Lakers quickly realized their gaffe and acknowledged that Kobe should've been part of the process.

So you can imagine that the Timberwolves -- a team that's constantly battle public perception -- isn't going to be making that mistake. Via The Big Lead, Kevin Love -- who is Minnesota's best player -- says the Wolves are involving him quite a bit in the coaching search.
I have definitely been asked by David Kahn what I thought about the situation, and I gave my two cents. I told them I think we need a coach to help us grow and win in tough situations and learn how to win. A guy who is going to be able to work with young guys and go through the growing pains to help us become a better team. There were a few names thrown out to me prior to the interview process, and they’ve all interviewed so far.
Even if a GM isn't going to actually use whatever a player says as part of the hiring criteria, it makes them feel good to just be included. The player feels like he's invested in the franchise and part of the process. It can go a long way in helping a player feel like he's committed to the long-term future.

Which is probably why Kahn made sure to ask Love. Because with Love's contract status up in the air soon and the Wolves not exactly looking like an attractive situation, there's no room for error. Upset Love even in the slightest and you might give him reason to walk away.

It's kind of sucking up to a player really, but it certainly has its value. Whoever the Wolves hire, Love is going to feel like he had a hand in it. He's going to feel like it's his skin on the line too if the coach doesn't work out. Not every player gets asked about a coaching hire. It's just the best ones, the franchise guys. And the Wolves clearly are trying to tell Love he's their guy.

You have to wonder though: Who's Love's favorite? Gotta be Don Nelson, right? We can only hope.
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 9:07 am

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

By Matt Moore

Larry Brown! You're the next contestant on... "Who Wants To Coach A 17-Win Team That's 'Done Rebuilding?!" 

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.

When the Wolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family, according to a league source with knowledge of the team's search.
via Larry Brown next to talk to Wolves' Kahn | StarTribune.com

The Star notes that there is a previous connection between GM David Kahn and Brown, Kahn worked as a student reporter when Brown coached at UCLA. Setting aside the fact that this puts into perspective just how long Brown has been doing this, it should be noted that Kahn himself has been around for two decades in pro basketball's management side, and nearly 10 before that as a writer. He knows everyone. 

Brown's an odd fit in Minnesota, as he is most places. He's known to clash with younger players and to be notoriously hard on young point guards. The Wolves are a clashing young outfit with a notoriously young point guard. Kahn has gone on record saying that rebuilding is over in Minnesota, yet the roster isn't ready to compete for a title, or a playoff spot, or .500 ball yet (it would seem; it's entirely possible Rubio and Derrick Williams are the difference in winning more games than they lose for the Wolves, but they're not skyrocketing into a top seed or anything). Brown would essentially be trying to rehab his image after failed stints in New York and a dispiriting end in Charlotte. 

Brown is also linked to be vying for a spot on the Celtics' support staff. That kind of puts it in perspective. Minnesota interviews Boston assistant coaching candidates for its head coaching position. Then again, Brown's a Hall of Famer, so it's not as if he's a terrible choice. Maybe Brown could make an impact. It's certainly not as crazy of an idea as Don Nelson, who interviewed Sunday with Minnesota

(HT: HoopsHype)
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