More links for you non-Olympic basketball pleasure:
- Euroleague Basketball: Former Timberwolf Bracey Wright has signed with DKV Joventut. Since not being tendered a qualifying offer with the Wolves in '07, the former Hoosier has bounced from the D-League to Europe. DKV Jovetut is a very strong Spanish team, so congrats to Wright for catching their eye.
- Speaking of the D-League, Minnesota's affiliate the Sioux Falls SkyForce is finding high travel costs to be a burden. Sure they're a minor league team with smaller revenue, but I have no doubt that this would factor into any realignment talk in the NBA (which hasn't actually happened as far as I know) and would have a HUGE impact on any thoughts of increased NBA competition with foreign teams.
Dave Berri runs through the numbers on an accusation that the Wolves are the worst team in league history. I'll spare you the hyperventilation: probably not. But, Berri doesn't offer a subsitute candidate, so... maybe. On the plus side, he says the numbers endorse trading Mayo for Miller and Love and his early estimate based on past performance puts the Wolves at 33 wins. Read the article for actual explanation and contextualization of the numbers, and then put that blog in your feed reader. It's one of the best NBA stats blogs out there. And, if you don't have a feed reader, get one and save yourself a crapload of clicks (I recommend Google Reader). [Sorry to steal the link Jianfu, must've been typing at the same time]
- Stephen Litel's back on the beat with a look at Randy Foye's month splits from last year. They are very encouraging. Given that Brandon Roy's having Craig Smith surgery this week, the Foye/Roy debate may be heating up this season.
- Ludacris is apparently name-dropping the Timberwolves in a new song. Can anyone tell if it's a good or bad thing?
- With the impending re-signing of Andre Igoudala, Tom Ziller's taken a look at the comparative value of the class of 2004 to their contracts. This just in: Al Jefferson is a tremendous player with a relatively modest contract.
- McHale's got a press conference in Bismarck today to ostensibly announce that the team will be playing a preseason game there.