Recap – Timberwolves 119, Bobcats 92

Spinning the Twolves wheels ... KG, to Big Al, to KLove

Spinning the Twolves wheels … KG, to Big Al, to KLove.

The 17-18 Timberwolves, “good” for 10th place in the Western Conference, hosted the Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets Friday night.  I am going to skip over my thoughts on the Kevin Love soundbytes for the time being.  I don’t have the will right now to tackle it from both sides or angles and it deserves both.  However, know that I’m not happy that it happened publicly or where this team currently sits in the Western Conference.

Here is how things went down Friday night.  No surprises or changes in the Wolves’ starting lineup: Rubio, Martin, Brewer, Love, and Pekovic.  The 15-21 Bobcats (currently residing in 7th place in the Eastern Conference?!) opened up with Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Josh McRoberts, and (Big) Al Jefferson.  Nice to see Big Al back on the Target Center floor! [Read more...]

Timberwolves September 2012 in Review

Another month gone, and another month closer to the start of the Minnesota Timberwolves 2012-13 season. We began the month of September by analyzing the rumors behind the Timberwolves then-apparent interest in free agent knucklehead Andray Blatche, who ultimately failed to receive a contract offer from Minnesota and ended up signing a deal to play for the Brooklyn Nets.

Along with Blatche, former Sacramento King center Hassan Whiteside received interest from Minnesota and was even flown to Minneapolis for a private workout with the team. However, Whiteside too did not receive a contract offer from the club as Minnesota instead signed veteran PF-C Lou Amundson, who most recently played for Indiana last season. The signing of Amundson spelled the end of contract negotiations between Anthony Tolliver and the Pups, and Tolliver instead signed a veteran minimum deal to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
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Timberwolves Add Lou Amundson, Spells End For Tolliver

Amundson diving for ball with Darko. Source: Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have come to terms on a veteran minimum contract with free agent power forward-center Lou Amundson. Amundson, 29, has previously played for Utah, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Golden State after going undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9, 225 pound big man adds depth to Minnesota’s frontcourt and his addition surely spells the end of Anthony Tolliver’s time with the Timberpups. Tolliver, unwilling to accept the veteran minimum, will most certainly sign elsewhere and players including Dante Cunningham, Derrick Williams, and now Amundson will likely see increased minutes in Tolliver’s stead.
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Who is the Timberpups M.I.C. in 2012-13?

As the Timberpups have started to descend on Minneapolis from (literally) all over the world, news and reports have started to disseminate on the early inhabitants – Brandon Roy, Nikola Pekovic, Malcolm Lee, Chase Budinger, and even Anthony Tolliver, who still doesn’t have a contract with anyone in the NBA and is currently being pursued by Panathinaikos in Greece.

I wanted to take some time to write about Pekovic, who I view as the Twolves M.I.C. – Most Important Cog – for the coming season.  Look, we know that Kevin Love is the team’s “best player” and we know that Ricky Rubio may be the team’s “most valuable player.”  If you don’t believe the latter, please revisit last season after Rubio’s ACL tear.  So we’re creating another acronym here at Timberpups.com and we’re going with M.I.C. [Read more...]