A Response To ESPN on The Minnesota Timberwolves 2010-2011 Preview

Timber WolfAnalyst IIOctober 23, 2010

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A recap coming soon on the 2010 Timberwolves preseason, but for now, let's cut straight to the media.

This offseason has been filled with some excitement, some highs and lows and some crazy misunderstanding (I prefer to say ignorance). The modern day media have done nothing to help themselves amongst the Timberwolves online community, and it has come to be all uneducated analysis and cliché punchlines amongst every headline.

While it has grown on me and Wolves fans alike, there's some optimism heading into this season, and it just completely behooves me when there are some NBA analysts that have positive "fair" things to say, and there are some things that are completely off.

ESPN's top analysts offered a taste on the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it is just utterly disgusting. It is highly recommended that someone put these guys in their place, or allow a brain to be transplanted into their skulls. I will offer my own personal analysis on each write-up from them, and respond.

Let's get started.


1. J.A. Adande, ESPN.com

"I'll try to focus on the positive: Wesley Johnson has an NBA-ready game and Nikola Pekovic has NBA-ready size. Otherwise? See you in Secaucus."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

You said nothing incorrect, yet you didn't say enough. Nikola Pekovic and Wes Johnson were only two moves made, but not adding Michael Beasley or Luke Ridnour to this list really shows that you were either blind or afraid to speak your mind. Although the Wolves will likely be in Secaucus.


2. Chris Broussard, ESPN Mag

"While no one wants to go from Miami to Minnesota, the move could be the best thing for Michael Beasley, who I think will make a strong run at the Most Improved Player award. And if the coaching staff finally gives Kevin Love the starter's minutes he deserves, he'll be a double-double machine."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

He predicts the Wolves to go 14th in the Western Conference, and I can respect that. I like this analysis, it's true the Wolves are unproven and nothing should be overstated, but this was pretty fair. But if you have a double-double machine and a Most Improved Player award candidate, I think there are a few more things you could say.


3. Chad Ford, ESPN.com

"GM David Kahn overhauled the roster in two years, but I'm skeptical. Kevin Love is now the core of the team, which is a good thing. New additions like Wesley Johnson, Martell Webster and Nikola Pekovic should help. I think the Wolves will compete with the Nets and Raptors for the worst record."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

I was with you until you said "compete with Nets and Raptors for the worst record." I doubt this team will be in the conversation this year. But Chad Ford has every right to be skeptical. However, skepticism in this case means the wins and losses are probably in flux, and a variation of that should have been stated instead of "worst record."


4. Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live

"The Wolves are more athletic and seemingly faster than they were last season. But where is the interior defense? Where is the consistency from Michael Beasley? Where is the guarantee of consistent Kevin Love minutes? And where is Ricky Rubio? All of these questions need to be answered before the wins come."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

If you got rid of Al Jefferson, you'd be way faster. Where is the interior defense? Six BPG in preseason, two from Darko in limited minutes and Beasley with one BPG in limited minutes. There are a lot of questions, and he's right about the questions, and didn't say anything necessarily untrue. I think we all know that Ricky Rubio is coming by now.


5. John Hollinger, ESPN.com

"The good news: Kevin Love is a stud, the Wolves have apparently ditched the triangle offense silliness, and the squad put together a very strong preseason. The bad news: GM David Kahn's head-scratching moves have left Wolves fans nostalgic for Kevin McHale."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

How in the world do you ever bring up Kevin McHale from a Wolves fan's perspective? As far as I'm concerned, he got clotheslined by Kurt Rambis years ago and was a horrible GM. How in the world do you have a "very strong preseason" and be worried about McHale? McHale is about as horrible as this statement that John Hollinger made about the Timberwolves a few years ago, what was it again? 

6. Tim Legler, ESPN

"It's not going to be pretty. Michael Beasley is going to get a chance to show what he's got. I like Wesley Johnson, but he's coming into a losing environment."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

Yeah it's not going to be pretty, it's going to get really ugly when the Wolves are outrunning teams on their home court come midseason. Beasley and Johnson are good and you've got to mention Pekovic and Webster too. This is the same guy that said we can't win 20 games. I think the Wolves win 20 games by game 55.


7. Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com

"If you are David Kahn and you have a logjam at the 4 with Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and Nikola Pekovic, who do you move? (Insert your own punchline about how many low first-round picks and/or point guards they would want back in return). Fantasy advice: Martell Webster can be had cheap."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

When did Nikola start playing 4? And why wasn't Tolliver included in that case? If Beasley starts at the 3 what does that tell you? Ugh, this guy is a puppet.


8. Marc Stein, ESPN.com

"The Wolves have become the team that everyone loves to pile on. And something tells me that an unexpectedly successful preseason for Sota's, uh, eclectic mix of recent high draft picks ain't going to change that any time soon."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

Your first sentence is correct, and something tells me that if you guys actually did your jobs correctly and looked at preseason analysis, you would see that it actually does mean something. But I have a feeling that if David Kahn got a marquee player, the Wolves would be bashed again for signing him for too much money. I have a feeling he's no Ein-Stein.


9. Michael Wallace, ESPN.com

"Ricky Rubio is still overseas, Al Jefferson was dealt to Utah and Michael Beasley is now the most dynamic player on the roster. That equates to another season of growing pains for coach Kurt Rambis. But hey, Beasley will get the numbers and touches he craved in Miami."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

What's new about Rubio? Growing pains for every young team in the league, it's not like the Wolves are the only young team. Beasley should flourish though.


10) Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com

"If you don't follow the league closely and you start a sentence with 'I wonder what ever happened to...' assume that player has been on the Wolves roster over the last two years. If this team has a direction, we can't find it. Another year of massive roster turnover and uncertainty how it all fits."


Timber Wolf, BleacherReport.com

Ha ha, it's taking me everything in my power not to say what I want to say to this guy. In the words of 50 Cent, "OK...You're right". 


Hope we all got a good little laugh from that.