For the past few weeks, the basketball “boo birds” and the “naysayers” have ruled as the Timberwolves struggled with many more losses than wins. And just as the Scrooge would like to own some of Santa’s soapbox, the ones with nothing good to say delighted in saying “I told you so” as the Wolves reeled.
Well, say want you want about the Hoopin’ T’Wolves but when they come out for 48-minutes and run with then beat a playoff contender like the Portland Trail Blazers, it gives fans relief and hope.
The T’Wolves will miss the playoffs this season. They are handcuffed by numerous and significant injuries and when we look at that roster, chances are it will reshuffle a few times before the second season begins in April.
No night is easy in the NBA. No one outside Target Center will feel sorry for the Wolves as they try to run and rebound and pass themselves out of this stage of their season. Veteran teams with visions of NBA titles often salivate when they see the Wolves on their schedule. They see an easy win. And Wolves players are noticing and taking issue with it.
Corey Brewer is one of the Wolves gray beards and he’s still just a pup in NBA years logged. Averaging 27-minutes and just over 10-points a game, Brewer knows what’s up. Brewer will not let his guys quit.. “We know what we can do and we have some very talented athletic players. We have to fight through the injuries but it ain’t easy. We just have to work harder”.
Brewer gets it. He’s won in the NBA, he’s enjoyed the playoffs and C-Brew is a college national champion while starring at Florida. The Wolves are NBA babies. So talented, so raw and with the injuries to so many of their key veterans, so unsettled in this key basketball demographic, leadership!
But wins, as hard as they are to come by, will slowly change that. You can list the 16-teams that have beaten Team-Flip but it’s the Portland’s, the Knicks and the Lakers in Staples Center that this youthful group will recall to help lead them into the realm of being respected.
One reader chided some fans he sat by the other night and let me in on it while asking for an opinion. Darryl writes, “Rod, great to see you at the Blazers game. Love your show and your unwavering support of the Wolves. I sat by fans who are those “Casuals” you speak of (I love that phrase by the way). They completely miss what’s going on here.Yes, I’d love to Golden State or Toronto’s record but we’ve got a pack of kids we need to see do it now. Sorry they don’t have time to be groomed but they are big boys. I got to say hi to (Andrew) Wiggins before the game with my kids and he’s the real deal. Just give him a little time. These kids know they are men. The way I see it, they believe they belong NOW. Wiggins got 23/10 (points/rebounds) against Portland and played nearly the whole game. Let the fake fans say what they want. These guys are gonna’ be good. And just as Portland.
I couldn’t agree more and thanks for your passionate note. It’s nice to win, eh? I like so many fans say in comparing the watching of an event live versus TV. You watch these Wolves in person and you can insist is happening. I’ll make no excuses for the losses but beating some of these teams is far harder with so many vets on the sidelines. It is coming though. You can see it.
How about this note from Zach in Fridley. “what does Flip do about Pek (Nikola Pekovic)? Injury prone and of no help to us. Your thoughts?! Well. Tough question. Not sure. I see both arguments. If you were to ask me about a long term situation at center I’d honestly say I’m doubtful. That decision is covered, thank goodness, is in Coach Flip’s pay grade.
So, as the holidays close in and the new year looms, remember the little things that mean a lot. Like a win in the midst of much wind. Remember that a little hope goes a long way. And never forget that it’s ok to hang with your team even though others are bagging and kicking and naysayin’ their fool voices off.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at a Wolves game. Say hello please! And remember, don’t be a “casual”. Keep your GameON! and Happy holidays to you all! More to come!
What’s on your mind?!
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It’s great to have this time with you each and every week! Enjoy the return of the Wolves in stunning HDTC (High Def @ Target Center). Keep that glass half full & Keep Your GameON!
Nice work Thad-A-Clasu!
Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young brought his Young for Youth Foundation’s annual Thad-A-Claus initiative to the Twin Cities this holiday season. Young along with the Young for Youth Foundation, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and SPIRE Credit Union delivered 300 donated toys to deserving children at three locations in Minneapolis. The Thad-A-Claus caravan stops include a children’s hospital and a youth homeless shelter.
Congrats #22! Andrew Wiggins is the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for November. AW averaged 11.6 points (2nd among NBA rookies), 3.7 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 15 games, all starts, in November. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (11-for-25). Among Western Conference rookies, Wiggins finished the month 1st in scoring, steals and minutes played, 2nd in blocks and 3rd in rebounding.
Tune in for Twolves!
Timberwolves games will be on radio for the 2014-15 NBA season and all 82 regular season games can be heard on News Radio 830 WCCO-AM, while La Mera Buena 107.5 and La Neta 95.9 will carry 15 games.
This is the Wolves’ fourth season on their flagship station, News Radio 830 WCCO-AM. Alan Horton returns for his eighth season as the Wolves play-by-play announcer. Horton will team up with studio host John Focke to produce 30-minute pre- and post-game shows that will be featured on-air and streamed online at www.wcco.com for every game.
SimonsSays on TV/PODcast:
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