One thing Kevin Garnett made clear at his press conference on Tuesday is that he has no interest in coaching, now or ever. He is willing to teach and instruct any of the Wolves’ younger players before and after practice, and considers this something he owes the game. But you can be sure Mr. Garnett will never be pacing the sidelines in an expensive suit like Mr. McHale and Mr. Saunders now do.
The press conference announcing Garnett’s return to Minnesota was the biggest in the history of the basketball team by far. Tickets will be in demand for Wednesday night’s game, and the crowd will go crazy for KG’s return.
On a personal note, I had a fantastic relationship with Kevin when he was here, from the start to the end, and I paid tribute to him by bowing when he appeared for the press conference Tuesday.\
And after the press conference, he grabbed me and was very interested in my health and welfare, and made it clear he would be available to me when needed. His return will be important for the Timberwolves when it comes to getting media attention, you can be sure of that.
Sometimes injuries make athletes better while they are recuperating.
This is definitely the case with Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves guard was an ordinary shooter before he got hurt. But since he’s come back, he’s close to a 50 percent regular shooter, a much better than average 3-point shooter and a 100-percent improved free throw shooter.
The chance to work on these different aspects of his game while he was out with an ankle injury was good for Rubio. He also was always a great passer, and now he’s even a better passer, and he is making young players like Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine much better players. The only reason that the Wolves rallied from a 14-point deficit last night against Golden State, before losing, was the performance of Rubio, who outplayed the great players on the Warriors like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
The Wolves’ future is great, and fortunately Rubio is signed to a long-term contract.
When Red McCombs bought the Vikings in 1998, there were a lot of unhappy fans who wanted a local owner to purchase the team. McCombs bought the team from a group of 10 local owners at the time.
McCombs didn’t do a lot when it came to contributing to charities and participating in local events. He lived in Texas and was there most of the time.
Even though the current Vikings owners, the Wilfs, are from New Jersey, they have made a great effort to get involved with the community here. They bought homes in the Twin Cities and are making great contributions to local charities and worthy causes.
The biggest one came Wednesday when they gave $5 million to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
And let's not forget the Wilfs are contributing a half-billion dollars to the new Vikings stadium.
Rest assured that Jerry Kill and his Gophers coaching staff don’t pay any attention to the star system on recruiting. The fact that every one of their recruits was a three star is complete bunk, because among their 24 players, they rate some better than others.
There’s no question that Kill and the coaches do think they got a good recruiting class and were able to fill positions where they need help.
Despite losing running back David Cobb and a number of outstanding of seniors, especially on defense and the offensive line, Mr. Kill thinks he will have a better team in 2015.
The Timberwolves are struggling this season, but the bright spot is that they have very good young players like Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine who will get better.
The reason? There are few coaching staffs in the NBA better than the one put together by Flip Saunders. Sidney Lowe and Sam Mitchell have been around the league a long time, and have been head coaches in the NBA. They know how to develop players.
The Wolves will add a lottery pick to next year’s team, get everyone healthy and – believe me – this team will turn into a winner.
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