Erica (of cinna.mn and fresh.mn fame) invited me to tag along to a Timberwolves game last night, since she’d received two suite tickets with her Lynx season ticket package. I couldn’t really say no, because HEY I LIKE BASKETBALL.
Coincidentally enough, last night was Kevin McHale’s second coaching debut, since Randy Wittman got the axe earlier for his second shitty start to a season in a row. (Ironic fact #1: It’s safe to blame McHale for the lack of talent that Wittman’s had to coach, thanks to his little shenanigans with Joe Smith several years ago.)
Really, is Kevin McHale your only answer, Glen Taylor? I know you have some kind of gigantic boner for this dude and probably had his jersey back in the day sitting in your closet next to Larry Bird and Robert Parish’s. Maybe even Danny Ainge’s. I don’t know your life, man! I just know McHale is not as golden of a child as you want him to be.
I love the Timberwolves, I really do. I love me some Big Al Jefferson – he’s on his way to be something gigantic, and I hope he gets to do it in a Wolves uniform. Randy Foye, Craig Smith, Sebastian Telfair, and even Mike Miller – I like these guys. They’re fun to watch and they get jacked up like they should when they start playing really great ball together.
Here’s what I don’t love:
In the 2008 NBA Draft the Timberwolves selected O.J. Mayo out of Southern California with the third overall pick. Despite Mayo being regarded as one of the top three players in the draft, McHale traded Mayo to the Memphis Grizzlies in a draft day blockbuster deal. The rights to Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric, and Greg Buckner were traded to the Grizzlies for the rights to Kevin Love, the fifth overall pick out of UCLA, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins. Critics see this as another draft day blunder as Mayo has started strong for the Grizzlies averaging over 20 points per game while Love has averaged only 8 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Wolves.
I get the shaking things up in the off-season is the way to have some success during the season, but if we could stop helping other teams be awesome, that’d be, well, awesome. I’ve never been a fan of Marko Jaric – his eyes are too close together and I think that may be one reason why he’s only scoring 1.1 points per game this season. At least the Grizzlies coach didn’t think he had to play every single minute of every single game like Wittman did last year.
Need I bring up the Celtics and how trading away KG gave Boston a Championship and the Wolves a really horrible start to the 2007-2008 season?
I’m sure there’s some grand plan to do something with the coaching staff with the Wolves, but I’m certainly not going to hold my breath until happens.