Team signs Pekovic, Love named a finalist for Team USA, Brewer hosts camp to raise money for diabetes and more
From the Timberwolves site:
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent center Nikola Pekovic. Per team policy, terms of the contract offer were not disclosed.
"We are excited to have Nikola join the Minnesota Timberwolves," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Nikola has been regarded as the best center in Europe for the past few seasons and will be a tremendous addition to our club. He is a tough, hard-nosed player who brings an added dimension of physicality to our team. We look forward to him bringing his talents to the United States and the NBA."
Wolves power forward Kevin Love was named a finalist on Wednesday for Team USA’s world championship roster. The final lineup will be reduced from 15 to 12 before the world championships begin on Aug. 28 in Turkey.
Love is one of only a handful of true forwards (joining the likes of Lamar Odom and Danny Granger on the squad). He and Odom are probably the only “true” power forwards. The three players who were cut from the roster on Wednesday were reigning rookie of the yearTyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo and Gerald Wallace.
From Jonah Ballow/Timberwolves site: Love Among Finalists For USA Team
"On a day-to-day basis, he was the best rebounder that we had in the camp. He did very well, he is a little bit undersized but it has not stopped him from being a very, very goodrebounder," Krzyewski added.
On August 9, the group will reconvene for a six-day training session in New York City, which features an August 15 matchup against France at Madison Square Garden.
“We have much more to do in New York and in our upcoming exhibition games as we proceed toward Turkey, but we’re excited and enthusiastic about our chances.” USA Basketball chairman JerryColangelo said in a statement to the media.
The former NBA lottery pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves decided a basketball camp would be the best way to do that, and hosted Brewer’s Back 2 Back Youth Basketball Camp at the Santa Fe College gym this week.
About 50 kids attended the three-day camp, where they participated in drills, five-on-five games, contests and had sessions where they were able to ask Brewer questions that ranged from NBA-related matters to what his favorite college team was growing up (the answer is Kentucky), to what he likes to do in his spare time – which is being home with his family.
Not only was Brewer able to give the kids an opportunity he didn’t have during his childhood, but he was also able to team up withShands Health Care. Proceeds from the camp are going to the Corey Brewer Fight Diabetes Fund at Shands.
Springfield native and basketball free agent Anthony Tolliver is closing in on selecting his next National Basketball Association team.
He said today that he likely will sign with the Golden State Warriors (where he played last season) or the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Tolliver said in a telephone interview, “but we’re getting there and I hope to have a decision soon.
Rambis had no problem with the effort. But he needed players who played his style, which is passing and defense. So immediately after the season, he went to president of basketball operations DavidKahn and requested different type of players.
Kahn obliged and continues to do so. Team owner Glen Taylor got involved, too, after seeking reasons for Rambis' request for more athletic players.
"Kurt said they were really good kids, but that he just couldn't get them to play the defense he wanted," Taylor said Tuesday night.
So Kahn and Rambis and Taylor are trying something else.