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Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Could OKC Thunder really get Kevin Love?

I’m not saying the Wolves are or should be looking to trade Love- the sole issue at point is that they would not hang up the phone immediately if Sam Presti came calling.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On the surface, it doesn’t sound realistic –Kevin Love joining Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here are two facts about Sam Presti, the Thunder’s lead executive, resident whiz kid, and one of the up-and coming suits in pro sports.

First, after making his bones with the San Antonio Spurs, Presti has rebuilt the Thunder through astute drafting, collecting undervalued assets, and maintaining fiscal sanity. He’s ready to use some of these excess chips to put his club over-the-top with a significant trade and/or signing.

Second, that may mean trying to bring the league’s leading rebounder to Oklahoma City. After all, Presti has a plan for every situation and scenario, and knows how well Love would complement Durant, Westbrook, and the raw Serge Ibaka.

Right now, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Love seem connected. The country strong post has given the lowly Wolves an identity for the first time since you-know-who was dealt to the Boston Celtics.

These two are far from married, though.

Love may be having a fine season; however, he’s not untouchable. He has shown little interest in inking a long-term extension with the Wolves. His relationship with Coach Kurt Rambis is touch-and-go.

Bottom line: Love wants to win now. No more waiting; no more rebuilding. He knows he won’t win championships in The Frozen Tundra of Sota.

While it isn’t likely, Love to the Thunder isn’t impossible. It makes some sense. For now, that will keep us talking.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

New York Madness: why the Knicks shouldn’t trade for Carmelo Anthony

In the three-team package, the Knicks would be giving up Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring contract. That would seem too good to be true, and one person familiar with talks said there could be other pieces involved.

"I don't think we have anything going, but we're getting a feeling for possibilities,'' Walsh said before the Knicks played the 76ers at the Garden. "We have a better feeling for what's going to happen.'' In Donniespeak, that means things have progressed, with the trade deadline still a very long 19 days away. The Nuggets would get a first-round pick, Chandler and Minnesota's Corey Brewer, but the feeling is they would have to gain more for this deal to take place.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Trading for Carmelo Anthony makes as much sense for the New York Knicks as re-hiring Isiah Thomas.

Maybe less.

After all, Anthony wants to suit up for the Knicks. He’ll take less of everything – shots, cold hard cash, and spotlight- to call Madison Square Garden home.

Why give up an expiring contract, Eddy Curry, and two young assets, Wilson Chandler and Anthony Randolph, when Anthony will sign as a free agent and cost nothing but money?

Speaking of money, Anthony will cost less as a free agent. Suppose the Knicks acquire Melo before the February 24th deadline. They would need to honour the final year of his max contract and extend him under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So Anthony would make $18 million in 2012 and possibly $20 million per year from 2013 to 2016.

Suppose the Knicks hold off on a trade. To become a free agent, Anthony would have to opt-out of the last year of his current contract and leave $18 million on the table.

His next contract would fall under the new CBA, which will reduce all player salaries –even those paid to superstars.

Waiting for Anthony would cost the Knicks far less in terms of assets and money. It’s the smart, prudent move.

Unfortunately, there are rumblings Thomas will return to New York and replace executive Donnie Walsh, despite causing nothing but mayhem and destruction.

Perhaps Anthony becomes a Knick before February 24th.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: watch Kevin Love get All-Star ‘love’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love was caught off-guard.

Before last night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis invited the cameras into his locker room.

Rambis wanted to tell Love he was an All-Star. The NBA’s rebounding leader had been named as a replacement for injured center Yao Ming, who the fans voted in.

The personable Love was at a loss for words, which amused Bill Laimbeer, the former Detroit Pistons great who is currently an assistant coach with the Timberwolves.

Watch Love’s reaction and tell us if you think he should be an All-Star in the comment box below..


--Oly Sandor.  
 

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Friday , Jan , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

David Kahn ‘absolutely’ certain Rubio will join Wolves next year

Minnesota GM David Kahn called a New York Times report this week on Ricky Rubio "much ado about nothing" and "not worthy of a response." An unnamed source close to Rubio indicated that the point guard wants to play for Boston, New York or Miami when he comes to the NBA. Kahn said he remains "absolutely" certain Rubio will join the Wolves next season after a buyout with his Regal Barcelona team becomes affordable.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will Ricky Rubio sign with Minnesota? Or, will he force a trade to a larger market?

Simply put, nobody knows. And nobody should be certain. Rubio, himself, is unsure what he’ll do when he can finally afford the buyout on his contract with Regal Barcelona this summer and cross the Atlantic to the NBA.

There’s some reason to believe the Spanish teenager will start his career with the Wolves. After all, Kevin Love has blossomed into a superstar, while Michael Beasley can certainly score.

David Kahn, the club’s lead executive, seems to have built a relationship with Rubio and his representatives.

This, however, is the Timberwolves. They’re one of the league’s worst teams. They play in one of the league’s worst markets. And they have an uncommitted owner who mistreated former franchise face Kevin Garnett.

Rubio knows this. So do his people. And where begins his career will be an unknown until he signs on the dotted line.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: lights go out on Minnesota-Orlando game

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Minnesota Timberwolves are bad, but there’s no need to turn out the lights.

Yesterday, the Minnesota-Orlando game went to black when the lights went out at the Target Center. Apparently, it was a technical glitch and not a disgruntled Wolves fan expressing their dismay.

Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jan , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Love on staying in Minnesota: ‘I just want to win now’

"We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love wants to win. And now.

So Love, the double-double machine, will have no choice but to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent to achieve his goal.

After all, the Wolves are perennial cellar-dwellers. And Love, who becomes a restricted free agent in one year, has basically given his employer 365 days to right the ship and post ‘dubyas’.

To be fair, the cupboard isn’t bare. The Wolves have the improving Michael Beasley and seem convinced Ricky Rubio will cross the Atlantic and sign an entry level contract next summer.

This doesn’t make the cupboard full, though. A promising but troubled forward, Beasley, and a Spanish point guard, Rubio, won’t be enough to convince Love to re-up long-term in The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota.

If Love wants to play meaningful basketball in the late spring/early summer, if Love wants prime-time coverage, and if Love wants the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, he leaves.

Love needs a big three or big four, with an owner willing to invest resources in a bench and supporting pieces.

Wolves’ fans would be wise to enjoy Love while they can. He isn’t staying in Minnesota.

--Oly Sandor.


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Thursday , Dec , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves considered trading Kevin Love?

Kevin Love is making a name for himself in the NBA with his breakout season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

It turns out he's been on the Denver Nuggets' radar for quite some time. Nuggets coach George Karl said Wednesday night that the team asked Minnesota about trading for Love this summer. "I know there were inquiries," Karl said before the Nuggets played the Timberwolves. "In some of the meetings we talked and his name was out there. It never got close, I know that."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The best trades are sometimes the ones you don’t make.

Case in point: the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love. This summer, the Wolves made Love available and, according to the Denver Nuggets, took offers for him.

Thankfully, they didn’t move Love because he has improved from promising post to legit' superstar. Best of all, he’s become the face of this downtrodden franchise.

To be fair: perhaps the Wolves were justified in shopping Love, the current league leader in rebounding. Before this year, Love was often injured, out of shape, and shooting off his mouth via twitter.

Of course, the Timberwolves also had to decide between Love and Al Jefferson. Both were talented power forwards, and it became obvious a platoon system at the four-spot wouldn’t fly.

So Executive David Kahn listened to offers for both, kept Love, and dealt Jefferson to the Utah Jazz. It could have been the other way, though. Love changing area codes; Jefferson staying in The Frozen Tundra of Sota.

Whether by luck or design, the Timberwolves kept Love. And this is one decision they got right.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves looking to trade Jonny Flynn?

The Timberwolves grow more confident by the day that Rubio will finally come over from Europe to join their squad next season, effectively making Flynn expendable. Recognizing this, no fewer than seven teams have reached out to the Timberwolves with interest in Flynn, with interest ranging from teams looking for a solid back-up to teams looking for a long-term starter.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Minnesota Timberwolves may soon have an embarrassment of riches at point guard.

In a few months, the Messiah known as Ricky Rubio may finally cross the Atlantic Ocean and lead the lowly Timberwolves out of the Western Conferece cellar. Some believe this makes 2009 lottery pick Jonny Flynn expendable.

Of course, the Timberwolves are acting like Rubio’s migration is a sure-thing, and according to reports are listening to offers for Flynn.

Two words: slow down.

Rubio is unpredictable. He could stay in Europe in hopes of forcing a trade to a larger market. And if he does come to The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota’ next fall, he’ll need time and help.

Holding onto Flynn, who had a great rookie season, makes sense. He would provide insurance if Rubio gets cold feet and decides not to sign with the Timberwolves. Flynn and Rubio could also form a nice 1-2 punch at point guard and play extended minutes together in the backcourt.

In short, there’s no rush to move Flynn. The Timberwolves should enjoy this rare embarrassment of riches instead of spoling it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Dec , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James on contraction: ‘It would be great for the league’

James had a couple of ideas in which teams could go and some players that would make other teams better right now.

"[Contraction] is not my job; I'm a player but that is why it the league was so great," James said.

"Imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team and you shrink the [league]. Looking at some of the teams that aren't that great, you take Brook Lopez or you take Devin Harris off these teams that aren't that good right now and you add him to a team that could be really good. Not saying let's take New Jersey and let's take Minnesota out of the league. But hey, you guys are not stupid, I'm not stupid, it would be great for the league."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Actually LeBron James, you’re right and you’re stupid.

You’re right to suggest the NBA has too many teams. You’re also right to suggest the league’s talent base is spread too thin amongst these many teams.

However, you’re stupid for saying this out loud.

LeBron, a work stoppage is coming July 1st, in part, because of your little free agent stunt known as The Decision.

You remember wearing the table-cloth you stole from The Olive Garden as a shirt, chatting needlessly with Jim Gray (the ‘reporter’ you hired), and then announcing you were taking your ‘talent to South Beach’ on live television, right?  

Well, with ‘Labour Armageddon’ on the horizon, the players and owners won’t appreciate your candour.

Fewer teams mean fewer jobs for the players, also known as your labour brethren. Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher, and the powers that be with the Players’ Union won’t go for that.

Their mandate is to make sure the Chucky Atkins, Brian Cardinals, and Matt Carrolls of this world stay gainfully employed earning millions of dollars sitting on benches.

Conversely, Glen Taylor, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, won’t just toss Commissioner Stern the keys to the franchise and say ‘I’m out’.

Taylor and other owners would want compensation. They’ve invested hundreds of million of dollars in their teams, and would demand a payout from league head office.

Problem is, Stern and his lackeys in New York wouldn’t see a return on buying a team and folding it just so the remaining teams have a greater talent base.

Of course, LeBron would you put your money where your mouth is?

Contracting teams would mean less ticket sales, jersey money, and local television and radio revenue for owners and players to divvy up in what the current Collective Bargaining Agreement calls Basketball Related Income.

Less money in the BRI reduces the salary cap. Every player would then have their salary reduced. So LeBron: would you take a pay cut for contraction?

Bottom Line: LeBron you`re right about contraction. Being right and having the right to say something out loud are two separate things. Not knowing the difference makes you stupid.

--Oly Sandor.


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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Best ‘Alley-oop’: Blake Griffin on Minnesota or LaMarcus Aldridge on Milwaukee?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s on.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge recently set the NBA ablaze with their alley-oops.

Our question is simple: who had the better catch-and-jam?

Do you prefer Blake-Zilla’s aerial antics against those miserable Minnesota Timberwolves? Or, did Aldridge’s poster-job of the Milwaukee Bucks catch your eye?

Watch both clips and get at us in the comment box below with thoughts?

(Blake-Zilla shows no mercy against the Wolves.)

(Aldridge soars against the Bucks.)

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Michael Beasley on Minnesota: ‘I would love to stay here long-term’

Michael Beasley, dealt from Miami to Minnesota last summer, loves his new surroundings. So much that the forward would like to sign a long-term contract extension with the Timberwolves. "I would love to stay here long-term,'' Beasley said in an interview with FanHouse before Saturday's game at Denver. "Maybe we'll talk about it when the season's over.''
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is breaking news. A pretty decent NBA player has announced publicly his desire to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Michael Beasley, a talented scorer and former second overall pick, wants to make The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota home.

Good for Beasley; good for the Wolves.
 
Both player and team have had issues. In Miami, Beasley struggled with marijuana, the distractions of South Beach, and depression.
 
Since trading Kevin Garnett, Minnesota has regressed into an oddball, outpost for NBA players. Think Siberia, with friendly people.

Things could be changing.

While 6-22, Minnesota has a pair of young forwards in Beasley and Kevin Love. There are also point guards Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio.

For the first time in a long time, the Wolves have a foundation. And the future isn't so bleak.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks thinking Through The Fire with Sebastian Telfair

The Knicks have had multiple discussions with the Timberwolves about acquiring Sebastian Telfair, according to an executive involved in the talks.
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Coney Island could be returning to New York.

It’s not what you think: the Knicks aren’t reconciling with Stephon Marbury -also known as the man who eats Vaseline and calls his wife his ‘better ho’ in a televised interview. Besides, Marbury isn’t done hawking kicks in China.

The Knicks are instead talking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about acquiring his less talented (but less insane) cousin Sebastian Telfair.

The Knicks do need a back-up for table-setter Ray Felton. Telfair will be available once the Timberwolves get Jonny Flynn back from injury.

Coming home might be trouble for Telfair, who was once arrested in New York on gun possession charges with childhood friends. There was also a bizarre incident involving Brooklyn rapper Fabolous and an expensive chain.

Much of this isn’t Telfair’s fault. As a high school prodigy, he was given too much too soon -including being the subject of the documentary Through The Fire.

So Telfair and the city of New York have history. The Knicks need to think if they want to take such a risk on a back-up point guard.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jonny Flynn to Michael Beasley: ‘be that Mike Beasley that I remember’

He has averaged 32.6 points a game -- the most prolific five-game stretch in team history next only to Kevin Garnett's 34.4 average in 2000 -- since he and Jonny Flynn ordered room service at a Sacramento hotel nine days ago.
 
"We were talking about AAU ball, high school, about how it used to be," Beasley said. "It was a long conversation and then there was an awkward moment for like three seconds and he (jonny Flynn) just came out and said, 'Man, you got to be that Mike Beasley that I remember growing up.' "

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Jonny Flynn.

The second year point guard reminded Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Michael Beasley that he possesses the skill-set to be a superstar.

In The MIA, Beasley was mostly, well, MIA. He struggled with off-court issues. He couldn’t find his rhythm next to Dwyane Wade. And many nights he resembled a lost rookie.

Enter Minnesota.

Beasley is the undisputed first-option, and his numbers show he’s making the most of the opportunity. Gone are the distractions of South Beach. Gone is the pressure of being a second overall pick.

It’s just basketball. Like when he was growing up.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If disenchanted Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Delusional, crazy, and silly.

This is the only way to describe a reporter’s assertion that the Minnesota Timberwolves will, or should, chase Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony won’t ink an extension with Denver because they lack a co-superstar, play in a small market, and are thousands of miles from his home out east.

Consider the state of the Timberwolves: despite having young pieces, they lack a bonafide co-superstar; ‘The Frozen Tundra of Sota’ is the league’s version of Siberia; and Minnesota is far, far away from Anthony’s base of New York.

Of course, the Timberwolves can make a ‘run’ for the forward. They can even acquire him. However, they have zero chance at getting Anthony’s signature on a long-term extension.

So why bother? Think of the optics.

Suppose the Wolves pull off the impossible and land Anthony. They’d have to give the Nuggets young players, expiring contracts, and draft picks.

Come July 1st, Anthony walks as a free agent. In fact, he sprints away from Executive David Kahn and the Timberwolves.  

The forward will take less money to sign with the New York Knicks. Perhaps he’ll do the same for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, especially if it means ditching Minnesota.

The Timberwolves would then have nothing to show for this sad saga –nothing except the shame of losing a superstar. Their have-not status would again be clear for all to see.

Like I said, it’s delusional, crazy, and silly. Here’s hoping the Timberwolves invest their time in more worthwhile pursuits.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Team USA responsible for Kevin Love’s 31 point, 31 rebound night?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Earlier this week, Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers. Last night, he became the first player in 28 years to tally over 30 points and 30 rebounds.

There are many explanations for Love’s fine play of late: he has always had talent; he’s finally healthy; he’s no longer sharing the frontcourt with Al Jefferson; he’s taken another step in year three.

Of course, conspiracy theorists believe Love has stepped up his play so other teams will call the Minnesota Timberwolves and inquire about his availability.

Perhaps there’s truth in all of these.

However, there’s no disputing winning a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey had a positive influence on Love.

Love is fitter, more confident, and understands his place in the game. The same can be said for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who also benefited from representing stars-and-stripes.

Hopefully, other players take note of Love and Westbrook’s improved play and are more open to suiting up for their country.

Click the videos below to watch highlights of Love’s historic game and hear his comments on notching 30 and 30.
 


--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wolves won’t trade Rubio to Knicks?

But multiple sources within the Timberwolves organization guaranteed Rubio will start his career with the club, not as a Knick. Minnesota brass is convinced that Rubio will play for the club next season, when his Barcelona buyout falls to $1 million. 

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When it rains, it pours.

For the past decade, a torrential storm has plagued the New York Knicks and Madison Square Gardens. The showers don’t seem to be easing.

Instead of signing a game-changing free agent last summer, the classic franchise overpaid the very good but hardly great Amar’e Stoudemire. The results have been mixed.

So far, it seems the Knicks lack the assets to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, while Chris Paul has apparently reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

Scratch Anthony and Paul off The Big Apple saviour list.

Now this: Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio will reportedly start his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not the Knicks.

Knick-nation had prophesized that Rubio would find his way east and run the point in Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

No dice. Word is the Wolves won’t trade the shaggy-haired table-setter and want him managing their offensive sets for October 2011.

Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach D’Antoni have no choice but to move to the next option. All the while, the rain keeps falling over MSG and the Knicks.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Houston and Portland interested in Kevin Love?

One team that would be an ideal fit for Love, Houston, has explored the possibility to the point of presenting trade scenarios to the Wolves. Those overtures, sources say, have been met with an icy response. Another team to keep an eye on with regard to Love is the Trail Blazers.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For NBA stars, the Minnesota Timberwolves are Siberia.

Minnesota is cold. The Timberwolves have annual reservations at the league’s draft lottery in New Jersey. And the franchise has never recovered from wasting Kevin Garnett’s golden years.

Make no mistake about it, Kevin Love wants out of Minnesota. He knows their rebuilding efforts are failing. And he knows lottery-pick Ricky Rubio will stay in Europe until he gets a trade.

The Rockets would be an interesting fit. Love could platoon with center Yao Ming and international four-man Luis Scola.

The Blazers would also be interesting. Love is from Lake Oswego, an affluent Portland suburb. However, LaMarcus Aldridge is firmly entrenched at the four-spot. He could clash with Love –like former Timberwolf Al Jefferson.

Bottom line: look for Love to continue lobbying for a trade. Minnesota, also known as Siberia, is no place for an up-and-coming star.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not happening.

Under no circumstances will Carmelo Anthony suit up, play for or sign an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

So the T-Wolves can try all they like to facilitate a trade, but ‘Melo will never, ever call the Frozen Tundra of Sota home.    

Here’s why:

1) Anthony wants to win. Like now. Minnesota –even if Ricky Rubio crosses the Atlantic and Kevin Love continues developing –are years away from contending for a playoff spot.

2) While Minnesota is a nice place with good people, players see it as a foreign outpost with cold weather. Anthony and wife LaLa Vasquez want a sexy, major market, not the league’s Siberia.

3) Call it The Kevin Garnett Effect. For years, Garnett toiled admirably and the Wolves lost, only once making the Western Conference Finals. Anthony doesn’t want to waste his prime seasons –like The Big Ticket.

Minnesota reporters need to stop dreaming and deal with reality -Anthony will never play for the lowly Wolves.
 
-Oly Sandor.
 
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Monday , Oct , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant on Ricky Rubio: he’s NBA ready

Ricky Rubio has yet to make his NBA debut, but that may not mean he isn't ready, at least according to Kobe Bryant. Bryant isn't among Rubio's critics. "This my third time playing against him, and he is definitely ready to play in the NBA," the Lakers' star said. "The kid can play. I felt like in the Olympics he played very well and showed a lot of poise and he reads a lot of things that average players don't."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can you say co-sign?

Kobe Bryant, the game’s greatest player, is confirming what we know. Euro Ricky Rubio is NBA ready.

Right now, the point guard could cross the Atlantic and run an NBA team. His game and star power would make him an instant sensation on-and-off court.

What’s the delay? Why is the Spaniard plying his trade with FC Barcelona?

Well, Rubio has no interest in suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the club that drafted him fifth overall in 2009.

Minnesota is cold, a small market, and has a permanent seat at the draft lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey.

So Rubio may be ready for the NBA. Unless the Wolves trade his rights, he’s staying in Europe.
 
-Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Sep , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Minnesota seeking ‘singular move’ for version of Kobe, D-Wade, or Durant

The reality is, we are still lacking a dominant player – our version of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant – and that will remain an item at the top of the To-Do list.

It’s possible this player could emerge from within the roster.  Nearly every player on our team has his best days ahead of him.   Some could make an All-Star team during their careers and one has already become an impact player on the USA Men’s National Team in this year’s FIBA World Championships.  We also have eight players currently on the roster who were selected in the top-seven of their respective drafts:  Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Wes Johnson, Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, Corey Brewer, Martell Webster and Ricky Rubio.

The average age of those eight players is 22. However, if one of our players fails to emerge, we will be prepared to find more talent for our team – and we will seek a singular move rather than a series of moves, as we did these last 14 months.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The ‘singular move’ Minnesota Timberwolves executive David Kahn mentions isn’t happening in today’s NBA.

Superstars want to play with other superstars. For instance: there’s The Three Kings in Miami; The Big Four suit up for the Boston Celtics; and Kobe Bryant and his star studded supporting cast have won consecutive championships with  the Los Angeles Lakers.

No elite player worthy of Kahn’s ‘singular move’ tag will sign with the Timberwolves, especially as a solo act. Their young supporting cast is irrelevant; superstars still remember Kevin Garnett wasting away in The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota.

Kahn quickest way to attaining a superstar is through the draft. In fact, he may already have a potential superstar in Ricky Rubio, the club’s 2009 lottery pick.

Of course, it’s not known if Rubio is merely refining his game in Europe or refusing to play for the lowly T-Wolves.

Either way, Kahn’s job is bigger than a ‘singular move’.

--Oly Sandor.

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