Well, here we are. The final month of summer is all wrapped up and we are that much closer to some Timberwolves Preseason basketball. To summarize all that has happened with our Timberpups this past month, we start with an opinion piece by our writer John in which he broke down the somewhat controversial signing of Brandon Roy. Later that week, the Timberwolves held a press conference for new Wolves center Greg Stiemsma and we summed up the proceedings.
Some of the biggest team news for the Wolves in August included the play of new Timberwolves and Russian teammates, Alexey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko, at the 2012 London Olympic games. Kevin Love also played a big part in the US winning gold against Spain in the Olympic basketball championship game, while Shved and Kirilenko helped lead Russia to the bronze.
Minnesota’s only draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Robbie Hummel, will be playing this upcoming season in Spain for the Spanish club El Obradoiro, as he could still benefit from playing another season without injury while transitioning his game for the NBA.
In a blockbuster trade, Dwight Howard was acquired from the Orlando Magic by the Los Angeles Lakers, who had already signed veteran point guard Steve Nash earlier this offseason. In the aftermath of the trade, rumors escaped that the Timberwolves were approached by the Lakers to be partners in the trade, and the Wolves apparently even denied a trade which would have sent All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
While August was a relatively uneventful month in terms of team news, we had time to check in on Ricky Rubio’s rehab and the rumors that he is as much as a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery. The Pups even released their team broadcast schedule and will be televised on local television for a record 78 of 82 games this coming season.
In order to keep pumping out Timberwolves content during this dry time of the season, we at Timberpups started a “Timberwolves Video of the Week” series and began by reminiscing on Derrick Williams’ February 28, 27-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. Our most recent Video of the Week looked back at Isaiah Rider’s win at the 1994 Slam Dunk Competition.