Minnesota's BACK!

Minnesota's BACK!

Postby rydjorker121 on Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:40 pm

Not trying to sound joyous, but the T-Wolves activated Michael Olowokandi, dubbed and labeled the underachiever by coaches and teammates alike, from the IR today. In even more irellevant news, Darrick Martin was sent to play in his sandbox where he belongs. If you're a Wolf fan this is the time where you've gotta scream and laugh with joy and cry with laughter and giggle with pride and say that our team is finally gonna get out of the first round playoffs this year. Sczerzbiak has recently been activated yesterday and he festered up some points off the bench...wait till he gets back his pure stroke and then the Big 5, or Big 4 because you know which one is the underachiever, would officially be with the T-Wolves. In fact, these T-Wolves are my picks to succeed the Lakers's championship hopes just in case we don't win it all this year, but we probably will because I generally take the role of being an all-crazy Laker fan.

C'mon, you've got that great five combo laid out for you:

Sam Cassell: Trash talker. Energizes the team. Breakout season. His mental focus is to help the team win games and play as a team. 21 points and 8 assists averaging...All-star newbie. Knows how to get it going. That mid-range shot is money off double teams from Garnett. With Sczerzbiak hes got more of a drive and dish game to pass to the open guy who can shoot. Floor general and keeps it lively and keeps the T-Wolves interested in crappy games (hmmm...do you think we need him because of that?)

Latrell Sprewell: Also trash talks more now probably with the influence of Cassell. After amazing dunks you can see the camera focused on him and his screaming and his slapping high-fives to teammates and such. You can see Mark Madsen cheering alongside him waving his all-renowned towel. Knows how to get to the basket, and can score easily and smoothly.At times looks like hes been plugged into a electric outlet and thats why he seems so electric. Playing with better compassion in Minnesota. A great scoring option along with Cassell and Garnett.

Wally Sczerzbiak: Has been in the IR for most of the year but now that hes back we can relive his sweet stroke again...he has that range from almost everywhere; his 50% FGs and 40% 3FGs from past seasons has been sustained until his injuries...he will fare well as the fourth (can you believe it?) FOURTH--offensive option for the already talented offensive-optioned T-Wolves...hmmm...this is starting to sound like our Lakers all of a sudden...anyhow backtracking to this subject this guy can shoot and now that the Wolves have a shooter rather than an offensive liability in Trenton Hassell, you can just see this team getting more ups and less downs.

Kevin Garnett: The MVP of the Wolves, and not of the league, hopefully. This guy, when hes riled and hot and got going, he can stroke it anywhere--anywhere meaning literally. He's now got a good group and a good core and hopefully he'll use that to his advantage--not saying they'll win the championship, but...anyway, he plays under control and never with fear...his passion and love for the game dominates all, and now that he has all these different faces coming about he can focus more on his game and gel/ blossom with them. They've got a good record and Flip Saunders is sort of underrated as a coach, as much as you'd probably all hate to admit. Garnett's post up is good and he is a differencemaker on defense with rangy long arms. He brings a game every night and does everything well--rebound, score, defend--you're surrounding a star with stars and other excellent role players with these T-Wolves.

Michael Olowokandi: This may be his season to prove whether he is not really a bust. He has been a bust with the Clippers, but of course that was the Clippers some might say and he might need a winning environment to change his awful attitude...something like Ron Artest. Olowokandi has got 'tude but we haven't seen much of him this season...he was spending too much time on the bench because he was afraid of showing insiders that he was a bust. Just kidding! He just got injured and wanted to see what the Wolves could do w/out him...with Olowokandi the Wolves didn't exactly have that good record they have now...there was even some trade specs about him at that time. But now that the Wolves have him back can he fit the bill with this super-studded lineup? The guy only averages 6 and 3 this season and thats awfully pathetic, even worse than Kwame Brown...but a great defensive stalwort and foul prone, lets see if Cassell could change his attitude...otherwise he'd be a loser at heart, and forever.

And you've got Flip Saunders, an excellent and underrated coach (up-and-coming too) and we Laker fans even got to see his mastermind plans in the All-star game--he set up some plays to perfection. He has gelled and manned and kept Cassell from being ejected with his trash talk, and set up nice plays with his core players. Admit it, the guy is underrated--he is not only gifted with good players this season but hes proving to those naysayers that he can coach, and make the Wolves get going.

Troy Hudson was also injured sometime this season and he hasn't seen much daylight hiding behind Cassell--and considering Cassell is way older than him, Hudson doesn't deserve this--he had this breakout season last year and was up and coming, and now averaging only 10-15 minutes a game? That's not what he deserves, but when you're injured, life becomes 10 times tougher on the basketball court, scrub or no scrub. Guess we won't be seeing him much of the playoffs, but again--this shows that the Wolves have insurance at his position--this guy can still shoot and score.

Trenton Hassell is what I would call the x-factor of their team. This guy's defense is excellent every game, both team and individual, I just had to list that, but he can defend almost everyone...he limited Peja to a 5-15 shooting night once...wow. And he's only 6'5", thats why the Bulls cut him in the first place because of his height, and now hes stepping up to the challenge in a contending team as a starter, and even though he can't score much, hes a silent defensive killer--a young Bruce Bowen, you must say--and you never know when those types of guys might come in handy.

Mark Madsen AKA the towel waver, former Laker, cheerleader, girl, etc. etc. is just another insurance for the lack of good centers on this Wolves team...lets see, Olowokandi was a bad signing in the 1st place, hes thus a loser, and Olly Miller may be too old to do much, and you've got Ervin Johnson a good defender but a guy who doesn't get involved on offense, and then--Madsen. He'll probably be best known for his energy, hustle, and grit both on and off the court. That's what Wolves fans and Lakers fans remember him by and so do his teammates. He is actually a great locker room presence and interviewee and hes helping the Wolves gain success and ground, even though you may not believe it--but I do.

Fred Hoiberg--
Shooter who plays with calm and poise--his numbers are alright and decent and "The Mayor" has been hitting those shots and threes in the early run. Now hes just a bench player but he was the x-factor that got the Wolves to be what they are now in the 1st place--deserves some credit.

All the other guys are just role players and probably just not worth mentioning.

So you can see that the Wolves have now got their core back--lets see what they can do with this core for the remaining 30 or so games of the season! Thoughts?
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Postby rydjorker121 on Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:20 pm

guess I should've posted this in a T-Wolf forum :man3:
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Postby JSM on Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:43 pm

They will certainly be good, but nothing we can't beat. I think they will finally make it out of the first round, but Kandi is on of the softest starting big man in the West and Shaq will make him look plain silly. I think they will do better without Kandi, it will make KG's stats not look as good, and chemistry issues could set it, this may be why they were thinking about moving Kandi.
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Postby JSM on Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:45 pm

I think the Spurs are still a bigger challenge than the T-Wolves, even though the T-Wolves got a better starting 5, the Spurs have a lot deeper bench.
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Postby Realm of Shadows on Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:46 pm

I think KG should get MVP this year for being screwed over by Duncrap getting it last season. KG is a monster.
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Postby JSM on Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:49 pm

KG is having a terrific year, if he doesn't get MVP, then I will be mad and I am not even a KG fan, I ust hate how the league always has the trophy already gift wrapped for Timmy the past two seasons, he was outplayed by both Kidd and KG and he still got the award. If he gets it this year, Stern will be assassinated by some T-Wolves fan.
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Postby Andrew Evenstar on Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:16 pm

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Postby lakerzrule on Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:53 am

When the Lakers get Karl back, they'll be able to beat any team in the playoffs. But I admit Minny's a great team and will advance this year, unless they face LA in the first round, of course. :man1:
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Postby Guest on Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:23 am

The only obstacle to the T-Wolves winning the championship is team chemistry.

We have as much talent as any other team now ... and we have a better distribution of talent than ANY team now. We are completely solid at 4 of the 5 positions ... and Center isn't a huge weakness for us, it's just not a big strength.

However, we have 30 games to get everyone on the same page, acustomed to winning continually, in the habit of giving 100% every night, and in a championship mindset. All of which are very important.

I think they can do it ... primarily because with Garnett, they have a guy who's been doing each of those 4 things for several years now. And the other guys on his team know that. What a great example.
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Postby crucifido on Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:06 pm

The only obstacles in the Wolves way are the Lakers, Kings, Pacers, Pistons, Spurs, etc..

It's great that your bandwagon fandom has yielded such a bloated opinion of your new favorite team, but don't anoint yourselves champions before you have yet to get out of the first round. Short sightednbess like that never pays off, ask an actual long time Wolves fan, they can tell you that.
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Postby Guest on Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:28 pm

crucifido wrote:The only obstacles in the Wolves way are the Lakers, Kings, Pacers, Pistons, Spurs, etc..


You mean the same obstacles that are in the Lakers way? ... how profound.
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Postby crucifido on Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:54 pm

Yeah genius, I was responding to your arrogant post of "the only obstacle to the T-Wolves winning the championship is team chemistry."

I was pointing out that you forget that you actually have to play other teams/make it past the first round in order to advance into the championship game.

Once again, I know you're a new bandwagon Wolves fan, but please try to read what I'm responding to/actually saying instead of reading selectively in order to fit someone's statement(s) into your narrow minded opinions.
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Postby Guest on Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:22 pm

crucifido wrote:Yeah genius, I was responding to your arrogant post of "the only obstacle to the T-Wolves winning the championship is team chemistry."

I was pointing out that you forget that you actually have to play other teams/make it past the first round in order to advance into the championship game.

Once again, I know you're a new bandwagon Wolves fan, but please try to read what I'm responding to/actually saying instead of reading selectively in order to fit someone's statement(s) into your narrow minded opinions.


So I assume you brought this up with Phil Jackson all those years he kept repeating the phases like, "we are our biggest obstable to winning a championship" or "we beat ourselves" or any of a number of other variations that basically mean the same thing. The exact same thing that I said earlier.

Guess Phil and I are both just messed up.
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Postby clublakers on Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:21 am

The only obstacle to the T-Wolves winning the championship is team chemistry.


Yo, welcome in T-Wolves Rule...

I thought the biggest obstacle in the NBA was Shaq?

I must admit, as big of a fan as I am of watching the Wolves and Blazers get dumped early every year, the pups are coming around. They have taken their bruises and will compete in the playoffs this year.

It's also nice to see Garnett developing into a clutch player the past 1.5 seasons. For awhile there I thought he may have been the poster child for the stay-in-school program. A couple years of college and that boy would have been a beast right out of the gates.
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