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Britt interviews JimPete, part deux


I linked to part one as a fanshot, which is probably why you didn't notice it unless you caught the link in the comments of one of the main story comment threads on Monday.

I think links-only posts should be fanshots, but fanshots do not allow you to post multiple links! No, I have no clue what that's about, or if it's just a browser issue on my end. At any rate, here's part two of Britt Robson's phone interview with Jim Peterson. Here's Jim on Dave Benz:

With Dave Benz, we’re still trying to work on that rhythm. He has got to get up to speed on the NBA because there is a lot to it. If you don’t know all the history with all these teams — Tom [Hanneman] was a Timberwolves employee from day one of the franchise. So he has got layer upon layer upon layer of something Dave Benz doesn’t have. That isn’t to say Dave doesn’t have the ability to do it, because he will — it just takes time. But Dave is more of an energy guy. He’s like a guy off the bench, who is going to come in and impact the game in a different way with his energy. So we’re trying to figure out that rhythm, and I’m trying to get him up to speed on the league.

What I like about him is that he is a grinder, a hard worker, who is willing to do whatever it takes. You can criticize him, tell him what he is doing wrong — not me, but producers and directors — and he is open to listening, which is great. He doesn’t have this ego; he is open and wants to learn. He is thirsty for knowledge and a guy like that is easy to work with.

I should admit that my patience with Dave Benz has been eroded by his slow learning curve. At least Hanny was endearing, something Benz is not. But I am glad to learn that JimPete is working with Benz to improve his play-by-play patter.

Do click on the link above as this is the longer half of the two-part interview. And advanced stats fanatics will want to read Joan Niesen's story on the ceiling cameras at Target that let Adelman's staff crunch numbers advance stats freaks only dream about (like how many miles Kevin Love runs in a game).

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