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Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Timberwolves sign Kevin Love to 4-year extension

Posted by Ben Golliver
Kevin Love has agreed to a contract extension. (Getty Images)

After some last minute nip-and-tuck, we have a deal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Wednesday that the club has "reached an agreement in principle" with All-Star forward Kevin Love on a 4-year contract extension. 

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Love's extension "is estimated to be worth about $63 million" and includes an early termination option on the final year.

The Timberwolves released a formal statement on Wednesday.
"I am happy for Kevin who deserves to have the financial security that this contract affords him," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operation. "Kevin has worked extremely hard to earn this and we are thrilled that he'll be with us for many years to come."

"Kevin's decision to commit to the Timberwolves for several more years is, I hope, validation that our team is headed in the right direction," Kahn said. "Kevin is the cornerstone of this team and somebody who I believe all Minnesotans can admire for his hard work and effort.
TwinCities.com reported on Tuesday that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth $62 million but Love took to Twitter to suggest a deal had not yet been finalized. 

The two sides were reportedly haggling over the inclusion of a fifth year on the deal, something possible only if Minnesota were to tag Love as their "designated player." Fellow 2008 Draft standouts Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook had been given that distinction, but the Timberwolves reportedly preferred a 4-year deal so that they could save the designation for possible future use on rookies Ricky Rubio or Derrick Williams.
 
The Associated Presss got Love's take on the matter on Wednesday.
“Did I want the five years? Of course,” Love said on a conference call from Dallas, where the Timberwolves were scheduled to play the Mavericks on Wednesday night. “It was something I felt strongly about, but at the end of the day, a four-year deal is still great.”

“I was willing to make a commitment for five years. They thought otherwise,” he said.
Locking up Love for four years while maintaining flexibility going forward would have be a coup for Kahn, but sacrificing a guaranteed fourth year of Love's future by compromising on the player option simply wasn't worth it. Love is Minnesota's franchise player and deserved every ounce of the star treatment. Certainly, Minnesota will face some tough decisions as its young core group ages, but the No. 1 priority should have been keeping Love, and keeping Love happy. Barring a catastrophic injury, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where having Love locked in for three years is a better situation than having him locked in for five years.

Minnesota is behind the 8-ball in retaining star players as a small market team with a terrible recent track record, and this was an opportunity to truly secure the future. Instead, Minnesota got 60 percent of the way there. Why not totally bury the contract distraction and all the questions that go with it? The Timberwolves plain over-thought this one.

Love, 23, was the No. 5 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after spending one season at UCLA. He's generally regarded as one of the league's top-3 rebounders and he was recently named as one of 20 finalists for the United States' 2012 Olympics team. He was the NBA's leading rebounder in 2010-2011 with 15.2 per game, earning recognition as the NBA's 2010-2011 Most Improved Player and being named to the 2011 Western Conference All-Star Game.

Love is averaging 24.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 39.4 minutes per game this season.
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: Kevin Love, Wolves agree to 4-year deal?

Posted by Ben Golliver
Kevin Love reportedly agrees to a contract extension. (Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly closing in on their man, and at the price they wanted.

Twincities.com reports that the Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a 4-year contract extension with All-Star forward Kevin Love worth $62 million.
Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love has agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract extension and is expected to sign the new deal Wednesday afternoon in Dallas, a person close to the situation told the Pioneer Press.
ESPN.com reports that the discussions are still "ongoing" and that a final decision will not be made by Love until Wednesday.

"If you read it on the Internet it must be true right?," Love wrote on Twitter shortly after the initial report of an agreement broke.

Love has reportedly sought a 5-year deal worth closer to $80 million. Wolves president David Kahn reportedly made a 4-year offer worth $60 million last week. The two sides face a Wednesday to finalize the agreement. 

Love, 23, was the No. 5 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after spending one season at UCLA. He's generally regarded as one of the league's top-3 rebounders and he was recently named as one of 20 finalists for the United States' 2012 Olympics team. He was the NBA's leading rebounder in 2010-2011 with 15.2 per game, earning recognition as the NBA's 2010-2011 Most Improved Player and being named to the 2011 Western Conference All-Star Game.

The Timberwolves' franchise player and double-double machine would join Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as Class of 2008 players to ink extensions. Both Rose and Westbrook signed 5-year deals. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement's "designated player" rule, giving a fifth year to Love would prevent the Timberwolves from offering a 5-year deal to rookies Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams. Locking up Love for four years while maintaining flexibility going forward would be a coup for the much-maligned Kahn, who has battled charges of incompetency since taking over the Timberwolves' basketball operations in 2009.

Love is averaging 24.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 39.4 minutes per game this season.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Report: Kevin Love has not been offered extension

By Matt Moore

Take this one with a grain of salt, but the New York Post's Peter Vescey is reporting that Kevin Love has not received an extension offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and should he not receive one in the next 12 days, prior to January 15th, the All-Star rebound machine will not be signing one, and instead be heavily examining signing his qualifying offer this summer to make him a free agent in 2013. 

The Timberwolves and Love have always had a contentious relationship. General Manager David Kahn was very lukewarm on the UCLA forward even when he flashed considerable abilities at both ends of the floor his rookie season. He struggled to get minutes under Kurt Rambis before finally bucking off the chains when he simply became too good to keep down. But Kahn has always maintained that Love is a part of the Timberwolves' future and he's not going anywhere. Why are we skeptical of this?

Because it's incomprehensible.

The Timberwolves-are-a-joke meme is almost dead. Drafting Ricky Rubio looks genius, regardless of the Jonny Flynn pick. He's honestly miles ahead of the pack for rookie of the year after the first week and he's not even starting. Derrick Williams looks good. Darko Milicic is serviceable. This team has been assembled as decently as it can be, considering the near-accidental way it has. Rick Adelman was the best hire they could have made and it's already paid off. Love is an All-Star. He's always said he just wants to win. Rookies never get away from their teams on the first contract if they have any value. The guaranteed money and extra year is just too big. 

And yet.

So we'll wait, and see just how insane this Timberwolves group is. But if history, common sense, and recent trends are any factor, even if you believe the Timberwolves are still a joke, not even they could make this punchline into reality.
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 6:19 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

You spoke out against the family. You threw your brothers under the bus. For that, you must pay.

Yahoo Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern has fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 for violating the NBA's gag order for a series of Twitter messages he posted on Friday night. The Sun-Sentinel later confirmed the report.

The messages were posted on Arison's account - @MickyArison - in the hours after labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketballl Players Association broke down.

Arison responded to an angry fan who blamed him for being a "greedy pig" by saying that he was "barking at the wrong owner." He also said that owners "care alot" about the NBA's fans and laughed when asked for his opinion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, deleted a number of messages, including the "barking" one, from his account shortly after posting them.

The Heat's owner was recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. After he spent the summer of 2010 assembling a veritable dream team of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it's no wonder he might want to get the NBA's schedule started sooner rather than later.

The tweets likely drew such a hefty fine because they represented the first real public fissure in ownerships' position. By and large, the NBA's owners have issued very few comments on the state of negotiations and certainly no one had deviated from the league's message as drastically as Arison did. 

NBA legend Michael Jordan, currently the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was reportedly fined $100,000 for his comments about the lockout in September. Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was also reportedly fined for discussing multiple players during the lockout.
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 

7 lost stories from canceled NBA preseason

Posted by Ben Golliver

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On Friday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported the dreadful news that we've all been fearing: the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have failed to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in time, meaning training camp and portions of the preseason schedule have been indefinitely postponed and/or canceled.

Preseason is always a fun time of the NBA calendar, guaranteed to be chockfull of "Player X added 15 pounds of muscle" and "Lottery team Y finally seems poised for a playoff push" stories. Of course, no preseason means no preseason stories. No hype, no hope. More Adam Silver, more David Stern. What a bummer. 

So here's a rundown of seven stories you would have been reading had the NBA and the NBPA gotten their collective act together in time to save the schedule. These stories are lost everywhere, except for here.

1. Security Detains Eddy Curry Outside AmericanAirlines Arena

MIAMI -- It appears that Eddy Curry will not be joining the Miami Heat after all.

Following nearly a year of reports indicating that Curry had lost an NBA-record 468 pounds since he was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves at least year's trade deadline, the free agent center was forcibly removed from AmericanAirlines Arena property by a cadre of four security guards on Tuesday. The use of force was deemed necessary after direct requests to leave from Heat president Pat Riley and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra were not heeded. 

"We didn't want to do it but we really had no choice," said Joseph Watkins, the guard assigned to carry Curry's left leg. "I was just following orders."

"What can I say? I got my hopes up," Curry explained. "I kept reading over and over that Miami was interested in me and I thought I could help LeBron [James] win a ring finally. I thought they would change their mind if I showed I was determined. I guess they wanted to go a different direction."

After the trimmed-down center had been dragged to an auxiliary parking lot, Riley briefly asked a reporter who Curry was before returning to the Heat's training session, which was closed to the media. When practice broke, Spoelstra indicated that the defending Eastern Conference champions were comfortable with their center rotation of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dexter Pittman, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, and Bill Wennington, and are not in the market for another big man.

"We like our guys," Spoelstra said.

Curry told the Associated Press that he isn't sure when or where his next basketball opportunity will come but did indicate that he would like to have the plastic handcuffs removed from his wrists, or at least loosened, as soon as possible.

2. Bloody Prank Signals Rift Between Thunder Stars?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- A severed head was discovered inside a backpack belonging to Kevin Durant on Friday.

The Thunder's All-Star forward pulled the ghoulish, plastic mask -- which bore an uncanny resemblance to coach Scottie Brooks and had been doused in ketchup to simulate the appearance of blood -- out of his signature carry-all following an evening workout. With a look of bewilderment, Durant tossed the mask into a nearby trash can before returning to the team's practice court to work on his free throw shooting.

"I'm just out here trying to get better," Durant said, shrugging off his unsettling discovery.

It's not yet known who placed the mask in Durant's backpack, although suspicion was immediately cast upon Russell Westbrook. The mercurial guard led the NBA in postseason technical fouls in 201, rarely passes the ball because he's so self-involved and sometimes has a "funny look" -- according to multiple teammates -- in his eyes. Center Kendrick Perkins apparently implicated Westbrook in the incident when he stormed out of the practice facility, repeatedly yelling the words, "I told y'all! I told y'all!" 

The incident raises anew the question of whether Oklahoma City's two All-Stars will be capable of coexisting as their careers and games develop.

"Halloween is Monday," Westbrook said, cryptically, before rushing a free-throw extended jump shot and completely hurdling teammate Eric Maynor to claim the offensive rebound.

Thunder president Sam Presti did not offer an alibi for himself, but what else is new?

3. Rivers: More Needed From Rondo For Green To Succeed

BOSTON -- Nine months after the most controversial trade in recent Boston Celtics history, coach Doc Rivers continued to defend forward Jeff Green from media criticism.

A lightly sprained ankle for starting center Jermaine O'Neal caused local sports talk radio hosts and callers to go into hysterics on Monday, rehashing the ill-fated swap that brought Green to Boston in exchange for starting center Kendrick Perkins, who was sent to Oklahoma City.

"Jeff is still getting acclimated, and [president] Danny [Ainge] and I still believe he will be a key piece for us," Rivers said.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Green dribbled the ball off of his foot, missed three three-pointers, was late on two defensive assignments and appeared to frustrate aging forward Kevin Garnett, who was seen shaking his head sadly rather than barking instructions like usual.

When pressed, Rivers said that the eventual solution to what he called Green's "learning curve issues" will have to come from All-Star starting point guard Rajon Rondo.

"Rondo gets him wide open jumpers, wide open lay-ups, makes 10 plays a game defensively, and he leads by example," Rivers said. "But I have eyes, you have eyes. You can see it. It's clearly not enough. We're looking for Rondo to keep leading and to do even more, to carry all of us. [But] especially Jeff."

Pausing for a moment, Rivers, to the surprise of the media present, chose to vividly underscore his previous point.

"I don't care if Rondo dislocates both of his elbows at the same time so his arms are hanging off of his body backwards, he will need to carry Jeff."

Asked to respond to Rivers' comments, Rondo stared ahead blankly, as always.

4. Greg Oden No-Shows At Day One Of Blazers Camp

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Once again, the gym is full of NBA players and hopefuls.  Once again, the biggest one among them is missing.

The Portland Trail Blazers opened training camp to the media for the first time on Monday, only to reveal that center Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was nowhere to be found. Oden, who signed a 5-year, $70 million extension during the early-October free agency period, has played just 82 games in his 4-year NBA career and has rarely been available to the media since suffering his most recent in Nov. 2010.

Through a spokesperson, Blazers president Larry Miller refused to comment about Oden's status, leaving new GM Brandon Roy -- who was promoted to the position after Miller used the amnesty clause to rid the Blazers of the four years remaining on his contract -- to face the media scrutiny alone. Roy said the team would not rush its center back to the court, noting that Oden's recovery from microfracture knee surgery was still "on schedule," although he did not divulge further specifics.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan looked irritated by the questions. "I've got 18 guys here fighting hard to grab one of our roster spots, let's talk about them," McMillan said.

Mike Conley, Sr., Oden's agent, offered a possible explanation by email. "Rehabilitation has kept Greg off the court for almost a year. During that time, in addition to completing a multi-disciplinary strength and flexibility training program, Greg has worked hard on improving and honing his invisibility. I'm pleased to hear that his work has evidently paid off. How many 7-footers do you know that can literally disappear in the blink of an eye? We feel this will make him even more valuable in the years to come."

Oden's whereabouts are not currently known at this time. His status for Portland's season opener is also up in the air.

"We'll just have to see," said McMillan.

Or not.

5. Kings Guard Completes First Pass

SACRAMENTO -- Kings coach Paul Westphal couldn't help but beam. After all, he had just witnessed an important milestone for his young team.

"I've been preaching unselfishness and ball movement all week and it was great to finally see these guys take that message to heart and execute it," Westphal said, his shirt soaked with sweat.

After back-to-back-back two-a-day practices and a morning session that yielded no progress, Jimmer Fredette became the team's first guard to complete a pass during scrimmage play on Thursday night. Prior to the pass, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons and free agent signing Jamal Crawford had each managed to take a shot, draw a foul or commit a turnover on all of their possessions. Meanwhile, rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, arguably the team's best playmaker on paper, left the practice facility on Tuesday after being frozen out for 263 straight trips up the court and hasn't been heard from since. A team official assured CBSSports.com that the organization is "not alarmed."

Fredette's pass occurred when he inadvertently took the ball out of bounds following a made basket by Evans. Looking confused, and with no other option other than committing a five-second violation, Fredette reluctantly inbounded the ball to Thornton, who promptly dribbled coast-to-coast, only to have his running lay-up attempt swatted out of bounds by center DeMarcus Cousins. Westphal shouted encouragement -- "That's what I'm talking about!" -- and blew his whistle, briefly stopping practice to single out Fredette for praise.

"It was nothing, really," Fredette said, afterwards, looking a touch sheepish.

6. Adelman Closes Practices To Timberwolves Executives

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Two hours after a minor shouting match erupted between Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman and president David Kahn on Monday, the two men pledged publicly that they had put the matter behind them.

"Direct communication is integral to creating a winning atmosphere," Kahn told a group of reporters on Monday afternoon. "Rick and I exchanged ideas, as we often do, and we were able to come to a resolution that is amenable to both parties. We thank you for your interest but this matter has been resolved. We look forward to a successful year."

The dispute, two league sources said, began when Adelman chided Kahn for openly cheering for rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, while wearing a Rubio jersey, in front of the entire team. That exchange escalated when Adelman decided to play veteran Luke Ridnour with the starting unit, instead of Rubio, prompting Kahn to yell loudly, "Come on!" 

According to the sources, Adelman then threatened to quit on the spot, issuing a "you go or I go" ultimatum just weeks after formally accepting the position and signing a 4-year contract.

"This is my team and I make the coaching decisions," Adelman told reporters bluntly after practice. "That's it. Any other questions?"

The resolution, according to sources, will keep Kahn and other team executives off the practice court for the rest of training camp, although indications are that Kahn and Adelman have agreed to revisit the matter once the regular season begins.

Rubio, who competed for the Spanish national team at this summer's EuroBasket tournament, finished Monday's scrimmage with 0 points and two assists in 37 minutes.

7. Thibodeau Thanks Fans, Admits They Could Be Right

CHICAGO -- The Bulls held an intra-squad scrimmage at the United Center on Friday, allowing fans and season ticket holders the rare opportunity to watch the team go through its paces free of charge.

NBA MVP Derrick Rose drew the loudest cheers and the longest line of pre-game admirers, Luol Deng pledged $10,000 to charity at halftime, and new free agent signing J.R. Smith, who bought his own way out of a one-year contract he signed to play in China, autographed a diehard fan's neck with a tattoo gun. But the clear highlight of the festivities came when the NBA's reigning Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau, took a microphone at center court just before tipoff to thank Bulls fans for their loyal support during the team's run to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

"You guys are the best fans in the league," Thibodeau said, to wild applause. "We hear you loud and clear every night. You give us a true home court advantage and we, all of us, from me to the players, appreciate it."

Seemingly overwhelmed by the extended standing ovation he received, Thibodeau shuffled quickly to the sideline before catching himself and returning to the microphone to offer a final thought.

"Just to let you know," the defensive mastermind continued, "We also hear you loud and clear about Carlos Boozer."

The simple mention of the power forward's name elicited instinctive and ravenous booing from the fans, who were in no mood to forgive Boozer's disappointing showing in the 2011 NBA Playoffs and the team's controversial decision not to use the Amnesty Clause to shed his massive contract during free agency.

"Yes, we've received thousands of letters, text messages, phone calls and emails. For the sanity of Illinois' hard-working postal workers, please stop sending them. We understand that you think he is soft, that he isn't good enough to be a No. 2 guy, and that he isn't clutch enough to put us over the top against Miami."

Here, the second-year head coach drew a breath and exhaled, the long, lonely nights in his office preparing schemes and reading the fan correspondence clearly weighing upon his heart.

"Look, you're probably right about all of it. But how the hell are we going to trade him?"

Boozer, who mysteriously broke his hand for the second consecutive offseason, was not medically cleared to play in the scrimmage and was not available to provide a statement. Nobody noticed or cared.

Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 9:41 pm
 

The biggest loser from Eurobasket? Ricky Rubio

Posted by Royce Young



Eurobasket 2011 was about a whole lot more than just a player. It was about a loaded Spain team coming together with an incredibly talented roster to win gold and automatically qualify for the 2012 Olympics. And in the meantime, catch the full, undivided attention of Team USA.

But as has been the case for the past four years or so, we've all remained intrigued with one player that happens to look like Justin Bieber's Spanish doppelganger. Eurobasket provided us the opportunity to take a good, long look at Ricky Rubio, who remember, will actually play for the Timberwolves this season.

How did he do? Well, judging by his numbers, bad. Very bad. Here are the averages he had during the tournament: 1.5 points, 2.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. With that, he just 23.3 percent from the field, was just 1-for-15 from 3 and made only a single free throw. His best game? Five points, seven rebounds and four assists against Macedonia. And before you ask, he saw a solid amount of playing time in the tournament -- 15.5 minutes per game. (He averaged 1.5 steals per game and was pretty active in passing lanes, which was good.)

Now of course you have to realize where Rubio fit in with a loaded Spain team. The offense basically revolved around the Gasol brothers in the post while Juan Carlos Navarro provided a perimeter spark with his shooting and driving. Rubio's job was pretty much to dump the ball inside and then get out of the way. It's most certainly not the way he'll be used in Minnesota in Rick Adelman's system. And for the billionth time, he's just 20 years old.

Still. Still. It's just hard to ignore the latest -- and probably brightest -- red flag in de-hyping Ricky Rubio. Not just because of the numbers, but because we haven't really seen a player that's going to light up defenses with crazy court vision and wondrous offensive control since the 2008 Olympics. And that was just in short three-minute bursts. It's a question of if Rubio can really sustain himself as an NBA starting point guard that doesn't just set up Kevin Love and Derrick Williams, but also defends Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. At this point, can you picture that happening?

After another buzzkill performance, I have to ask: What exactly is there to be all that excited about? What are we supposed to be seeing that's to make us think this guy will tear up the NBA? I get that he had a few nice defensive games and can steal a few passes, but is that really what the apparent "savior" of Minnesota basketball is supposed to possess? Some quick hands?

He's young, yes. He's still got a lot of time to grow and learn. He could very well be an excellent point guard that takes a little Steve Nash flair and a little Rajon Rondo court vision and bottles it into a playmaking whiz. It could certainly happen. But at what point are we supposed to see something to make us think it could happen?

The best thing that could ever happen to Rubio's NBA career just did though and that's Adelman being hired to coach the Wolves. He's an offensive genius that understands and teaches spacing and movement better than anyone. Rubio will be at least a solid point man just by default of the offense and the players around him. Derrick Williams will be good. Kevin Love is a star. And wingers like Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley and Martell Webster give him a healthy number of options to pass to.

But that's assuming Rubio understands how to assert himself within an offense. It's not just Eurobasket. His European professional seasons haven't been anything impressive either. Last season for Regal Barcelona, he averaged 6.5 points (on 39 percent shooting), went 11-49 from 3 (22 percent) and in the place he's supposed to excel, he averaged just 3.5 assists per game. And that was maybe his best season yet in Europe.

Again, I'm not giving up on Ricky Rubio. I want him to be good. With Adelman coaching, the Timberwolves just went to a lock for "League Pass Favorite" with a lot of NBA junkies. We know Rubio can pass. We know he has a gift in seeing the floor and setting up teammates like he's Xavi, the great Barcelona midfielder. He's got a unique set of skills in him. He's a gifted, talented player and what he can do should work better in the NBA than it has in Europe. But will it ever translate into anything more than a slick YouTube highlight or two? Isn't it getting to hard to ignore red flag after red flag with Eurobasket being the latest?

If anything, Eurobasket's just increased the pressure on Rubio. He's got people like me now staring him down and expecting something good in a very short time. Instead of giving a 20-year-old a little breathing room and time to grow, we're all going to expect five assists a game with one being a dazzling no-look oop every game. We're going to expect Rubio make an impact immediately, otherwise it'll be too easy to say, "I knew it! Eurobasket foretold the story!"

What Rubio is facing is maybe the unprecedented situation of being labeled a bust before he even plays a game in the NBA. Not an easy world to be walking into. Thing is, it's not like it's unfair or undeserved. He hasn't done anything to convince someone otherwise.

Rubio played his role for Spain in Eurobasket. Didn't complain, didn't break character, didn't try and do too much just because a lot of eyes were on him. And to his credit, he never has. Even with the pressure of undeniable hype, Rubio has always played his game, no matter how meager it might look in the statsheet. But all that means is that he's got more people expecting him to fail, more people ready to point and laugh at David Kahn. I mean, let's be honest: Kahn's job is riding entirely on the shoulders of Rubio right now. Kahn was in attendance at Eurobasket to watch his young passing prodigy. And you know he probably felt a bit squirmy when Rubio clanged around open 15-footer.

He could very easily be Rajon Rondo. A playmaker that's content with setting up teammates in creative ways while sacrificing any sort of good scoring game. But he could also very easily be a poor man's Jose Calderon. One that can't shoot, doesn't pile up assists and doesn't even possess that same kind of annoying intensity. And that's definitely not what you want the supposed savior of your franchise to be.
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 9:51 am
 

Report: Adelman hired despite Kahn

By Matt Moore

When Rick Adelman started to be considered a serious candidate for the Timberwolves job, everyone had the same thought. "How did Kahn pull that off?" For years, David Kahn has seemingly been running a sinking ship. It started immediately. He made a brilliant trade with the Timberwolves before the 2009 to acquire back to back top-five picks. Then he spent them on two point guards (and later brought in more in free agency). He brought in Kurt Rambis as his head coach, despite Rambis not having the requisite success as a head coach to warrant the position, and despite Rambis running the triangle, which essentially neutralizes the point guard position. Kahn gave Darko Milicic a long-term deal, and reportedly sought to bury Kevin Love. In short, his tenure has not been the kind of thing that a prospective head coach, the best on the market, would look at and say "Wow, that's a guy I want to work for." So how is it he was announcedas the new Timberwolves head coach Tuesday? Well, according to Yahoo Sports, it wasn't Kahn that brought in Rick Adelman. Not one bit.
Once Kurt Rambis was fired, Kahn reached out, and Adelman resisted. Ultimately, Kahn needed Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to get involved in the recruitment of Adelman, because the GM had no chance with him.

Five months ago, Adelman never would’ve imagined he’d coach the Timberwolves. He was 65 years old, wanted a contender, and the Wolves are a long, long way away. Well, $5 million a season can change a man’s mind. It’s no crime, but understand: The money mattered here. Probably mattered the most. Yes, Adelman wanted to coach Kevin Love, but he had no intention of doing it on a discount. In the end, money overrode everything – including the presence of Kahn.

“Rick would never agree to anything with Kahn,” one league official connected to Adelman said Monday. “This had to be [a deal] with Taylor. …Rick has talked many times of his dislike for Kahn.”
via Love and money lure Adelman to Minny - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Basically, the Wolves had to overspend to get Adelman in order to compensate for Adelman having to work with their GM. If so many of the decisions weren't based around Taylor's thinking, you'd start to feel bad for the guy. Taylor, more than any other owner, is in need of the so-called "idiot-proof" CBA revisions to prevent the ability of bad decisions to impact profit. That said, landing Adelman is a huge one, and Yahoo predicts he'll wind up taking over Kahn's turf.

And that's a huge element in all this. While it may make for an uncomfortable and unstable situation, if Adelman were to take over the reins, it could save the Timberwolves. They've managed to collect enough talent (nearly by accident - Love was never valued by the franchise decision-makers until he became an All-Star last season, it took them two years to get Rubio, and Derrick Williams fell in their lap and they still tried to trade the pick all the way until the last minute) to have a core that's worth building around. Having someone who knows what to do with it could be huge. Adelman had his problems in Houston, sure. But his biggest was injuries, which he couldn't prevent. Watching the power play in Minnesota will be something important early and often.

Until such a move is made, expect both sides to heavily refute this kind of report, as they put out strong statements denying this kind of dynamic. Sure, it makes sense, given Adelman's reticence and the eventual meeting with Taylor, but they'll say it's just a distorted view of the facts. Rule No.1 in these kinds of situations is to put up a strong united front.

Just ask Kurt Rambis.
 
 
 
 
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