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Wolves Updates 8/17

Wolves announce preseason schedule, Johnson on ESPN First Take, Johnson signs trading card deal and more

From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:

The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized their eight-game exhibition schedule Monday, highlighted by the team's participation in the NBA's Europe Live series and a trip to Syracuse University, where second-year guard Jonny Flynn and rookie forward Wesley Johnson starred in college.


From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:  Wolves preseason schedule is road heavy



From ESPN:

Timberwolves rookie and former Syracuse standout, Wes Johnson describes what it was like to have his own day in his hometown (VIDEO)



From Trey Kerby/Ball Don't Lie: Have a look at the new Minnesota Timberwolves uniforms

From Kurt Helin/ProBasketballTalk: Well, at least Minnesota's uniforms will look good this season

From Hart Van Denburg/City Pages: Minnesota Timberwolves unveil new uniforms



From the Timberwolves site:

Panini America, a subsidiary of The Panini Group, the leading global publisher of sports and entertainment collectables, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive relationship with Wesley Johnson, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie and the fourth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. The partnership with Panini America, the exclusive trading card and sticker licensee of the NBA, marks Johnson’s first NBA trading card deal.

"It speaks volumes to be associated with the company that has Kobe," said Minnesota Timberwolves Forward, Wesley Johnson. "After last year's rookies and what Tyreke and Brandon did, it's lot of pressure, but me and Evan (Turner) are ready to carry the torch."

As part of the relationship, Panini will hold exclusive rights to include Johnson’s autograph in 2010-11 Panini Basketball products. In addition, Panini may include Johnson’s image on Panini packaging and will utilize Johnson in promotional appearances.


From Jonah Ballow's twitter account:

A look at #Twolves rookie Wesley Johnson's exclusive trading card (credit: The Panini Group)



From Benjamin Polk/A Wolf Among Wolves:

It's fashionable at the moment to ridicule Kahn as an abrasive, unqualified hack. It's clear the man has had some awfully low moments this summer and that he and Rambis haven't yet found that transcendent player who will give meaning to their long-suffering franchise. And it's equally clear that the Wolves are going to lose a lot of games this season.

But if you scan this lineup -- Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Wes Johnson, Martell Webster, Corey Brewer, even Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley -- you'll find a lot of young, smart, athletic, hungry players. These are players who want to learn, who want to run, who want to move the ball and play defense. Aren't these just the type of players who would seem to fit well into Rambis' up-tempo-and-triangle offense? And when you consider the Wolves have roughly $10 million in cap space, doesn't the picture look a lot less ridiculous than this chaotic offseason might have suggested?