The NBA's regular season is over, but the pulse of the offseason beats on. The WNBA is in it's second month, and the Lynx were on the road, yesterday, taking on the Los Angeles Sparks.
Between the lady ballers, draft coverage, the rumor mill, and our self righteous personalities we'll be able to keep you busy-- I don't know why I'm writing a genesis for the offseason coverage when this is my second week at CanisHoopus, but I did, and, you got one. I'll shut up now and get into the musings.
Shameless Plug- Yesterday was Tuesday, so the latest episode of the Break the Huddle Show is available for download using iTunes. The show consists of William Bohl, of A Wolf Among Wolves', John Meyer, of The Daily Wolf, and myself discussing, well, you guessed it-- the Timberwolves, as well as other news around the NBA.
Too much trouble to download? Here's the video recording from the studio. We has some praise for the San Antonio Spurs, speculated on what will happen with the Miami Heat-- contract drama, yada, yada, yada-- while also discussing the future of the Wolves coaching staff.
From Yesterday-- Chad Ford Mock Draft 8.0
It's for ESPN Insiders, but content from Ford's latest mock as it pertains to the Minnesota Timberwolves is as follows;
But I continue to get strong signals that the Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he's going to get. Given the strength of the draft, picks 6, 13 and 17 could land them three young starters to help them rebuild their roster quickly.
Opinion: The premise of the deal, if receiving Sullinger or Olynyk, is fine. However, it's the dismal contract[s] the Wolves would attain in this deal that concerns me. Which of the Boston Celtics would you select when constructing this deal? Which Timberwolves do you send alongside Love [if any]?
Sticking with the draft theme, Matt Femrite recently updated this post from back in April. Femrite is worth a follow on the twitter verse if you're into that type of thing, and his blog, Chicken Noodle Hoop, is full of unique collections and visualizations of data. When a prospect slips in the draft, how much salary do they lose? is a worthy read, and is especially pertinent when assessing the value of Gorgui Dieng-- the Wolves got him at a bargain.
The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Long Angeles Sparks, 94-77. Los Lynx had lost their previous two games heading into yesterday, but Maya Moore's 31 points in under 30 minutes led the way in L.A.
Although, it was an all-around, dominant, team performance-- the Lynx starting lineup was, as they are often, ridiculous last night [in a good way].
Sparks forward Kristi Toliver was not with the team, for a reason that was listed as Professional Business. Something I've certainly never seen before.
I didn't look any deeper as to why Toliver was absent because it's obviously none of my, professional business.
Minnesota is now 9-3, and they sit above the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference at first place by two games in the win column. The Lynx take on the Mercury tonight at US Airways Arena; 9:00PM CST. The Mercury left Minneapolis on Sunday with a victory by the score of 80-72.
Yesterday, Sam Mitchell signing became official, and the quotables from Jerry Zgoda's blogpost are as follows.
- "[Flip] Saunders' son Ryan is expected to join the coaching staff as well." [This isn't news] For the statheads, [Ryan] Saunders, with his expertise in statistical analysis, helped developed Gametime Concepts-- this is something I would like to access, someday.
- "That would seem to leave one assistant's job left to fill, depending on what the team does with David Adelman, who was an assistant coach last season and has one season left on his contract."
From my understanding-- Flip has said, previously-- [David] Adelman will remain on the coaching staff through the remainder of his contract. Why Zgoda is alluding, or not alluding, to anything that suggests otherwise is beyond my pay grade, but, it brings up a solid point. If there is only one available,assistant position left on the Wolves sideline for the upcoming season; how much of an effort is being made to hire David Blatt? Chauncey Billups? And, as a reminder, Jack Sikma remains on staff until June 30th but is free to pursue employment elsewhere.
Worth a mention -- The draft coverage portion of the Timberwolves webpage now has draft profiles for:
It's Hump Day, here's a hip-hop video.