Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 2:15 pm  |  30 responses

The Never-Ending Sadness in Minnesota

Few things are more depressing in this world than reading game recaps from the Minny papers. The Star Tribune has the latest tear-jerker: “Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis prefers ‘process’ to describe how a young, inexperienced team learns to win in the NBA. Another ‘P’ word applied on Monday night, after his team blew an eight-point lead with little more than two minutes remaining and lost 113-110 at Charlotte. ‘Painful,’ Wolves forward Kevin Love said. He could have been referring to his bruised quadricep, which he grasped in alarming agony on the floor during the final seconds. But that should heal soon enough. ‘I’m fine,’ he said. ‘I just will be walking with a limp the rest of the night.’ The Wolves might not be able to walk off the damage done by the Bobcats’ decisive, final 13-4 flourish that left veteran guard Sebastian Telfair and rookie Wes Johnson both sitting motionless and speechless for more than a moment in the team’s locker room afterward. Telfair, his full game uniform still on, was hunched over in a chair, head down, his eyes staring at his feet. ‘I feel like crying right now,’ Telfair said. ‘Not that that would do any good.’ Johnson leaned back — his jersey top off, his gaze fixated on the ceiling. He had missed the first of a pair of free throws that would have tied the score with 3.5 seconds left. ‘Sad,’ he said. ‘We had a game won, on the road.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How much better would they be if they could get an established coach? Sorry, but Rambis doesn’t seem like the right type of dude for a team of young dudes. They have great talent in Love, Beasley and if Rubio comes around next season, they will have a true creator to play alongside Flynn/Telfair.

  • http://www.slam.com Martey

    They’re better off than they were last year promise wise, save Al Jefferson. Plus they have more passion in the locker room and two possible all stars in Beas and Love. Things are lookin up

  • Will

    The mere fact that they were hurt after losing a game in November speaks volumes. I hope they continue to care and just learn how to focus on each play. With Rambos as the coach and such a young core, hopefully they will stay together and wreck shop in 2 to 3 years

  • ferdi

    This squad need more time to prove, they are the wolves in NBA. Stop sell a future star & becarefull on choose draft pick! Find another stephon marbury & k. Garnett,,

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    If only they had Rubio, they would be a top 4 seed in the West. He would be slaying Westbrook, Dwill, CP3 etc on the regular!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^^ I’ll believe it when I see it… Sabonis was once called the greatest player in Europe..

  • JD

    This team will win a championship one day if Rubio comes over and is as good as the hype, and Michael Beasley keeps up this recent run of form, he’s fianlly fulfilling all that potential

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Whoa… You can’t even compare Rubio to Sabonis. Sabonis was once called the greatest player in Europe because he WAS the greatest player in Europe–and he SHOWED it. Nobody is even saying Rubio is the best player in Europe.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Drazen Petrovic>Sabonis. #imjustsayin

  • http://mail.google.com Jayo

    Mark my words!!! Rubio is going to be a Laker next season!!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Rubio is a scrub until proven otherwise. And im tired of the lwolves. Why so much about a bad team?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Tarzan, @ Teddy, I didnt mean to use them in the same sentence, just it seems that when so called “great” European players reach the NBA, its a big disappointment.. (Sabonis gets a pass cuz he got here when he was like 50 years old).. Anyone think an in his prime Sabonis coulda hung with our Ewings,Olojuwons,D.Robinsons, and Mutumbos??

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  • Bo

    Look at some videos of Sabonis from his prime. The dude was very athletic and extremely skilled in his prime. I can’t say he would have been better than any of those dudes, but he definetely could have played with them.

    As for D. Robinson in particular, I can say yes he would have hung with him:


  • crnac

    And yes again.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Yes, bossterry, sabonis was legit. When he got to portland, he was equivolent of phx shaq, still very good, but far from his prime.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Sabonis was awesome, and my fav international player in his prime. He was old and busted when he came to the NBA, but still could guard a prime Shaq 1 on 1.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Thanks for that Bo, I had never seen any footage of him pre NBA, just photos.. Kinda looked like Adam Morrison.. (obviously physically, not his game)

  • ai come back

    uh……..olajuwon>robinson>ewing>mutombo…………..duh so if sabonis can hang wit the admiral than he could hang with ewing mutombo

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    It depends what you mean when you say “could Sabonis hang.”
    From what I’ve seen, Sabonis couldn’t really hang one-on-one with guys like Ewing, D-Rob, Olajuwon, Shaq, etc.
    But Sabonis may very well could be as valuable. Sabonis was a guy you could run the team through, ala Bill Walton: put him in the high post and get buckets with his passing, his leadership, his midrange shooting and the way he moves with or without the ball. He probably woulda been up there had he played US ball at his height.

  • haslem

    As a resident of Minneapolis, we were pretty happy reading the Saturday morning recap.

  • ab40

    they work hard and I knew this in preseason they’re fun to watch. it’s not always preaty but my eyes won’t start bleading watching their set plays like the atlanta hawks the last three of four years. that was terrible.

  • The Philosopher

    I’m happy for Telfair, anyway.
    He is finally getting the idea.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Dunno for the most of you but I’m pretty happy with how the reaction of these guys after losing a close game panned out. It’s all just a matter now of how they harness it next game. Things are looking up in Sota.

  • jufu

    let’s talk about how improved my nets are over last season. i call playoffs!

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    How many top picks have the wolves had over the last couple of years? Still can’t put together a team…

  • Jrooks

    At lest telfair is getting better

  • flipnoyce

    Winning attitude usually starts at the top, it just takes longer when they do it from the bottom. The Wolves are on their way to shine, just gotto stop doing silly trades and drafting same positions.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    This team reminds me of the 2005 detroit team, in the sense that the starting lineup had a huge collective chip on their shoulder.

  • Mike from Spain

    I used to be a Ricky Rubio fan, but he is having a really irregular season at Barcelona. He even did not start in all the games, and his progress with the jumpshot is not as good as I would have hoped. He’s getting close to the age when one cannot longer say that he’s got some holes in his game because he’s young… I hope that Spanish media did not totally spoil him too early, I really hope that he goes to the NBA and gets some serious work done in his game. He needs that, he is already really good but could miss the train to the greatness we all thought he was destined to (we= Spanish BBall fans)