Stack Media was at the Target Center yesterday doing a photo shoot and interviewing fourth-year point guard Ricky Rubio for a cover piece that will run later this year. Just another day at the office for Rubio.
If all goes to plan, that article will include commentary on his early season breakout with the new-look, post-Love era Wolves. Stay tuned for that.
Shabazz Gives Back
Second-year forward Shabazz Muhammad sat out of practice yesterday nursing a sore right Achilles (tendinitis), and Flip Saunders said he probably wouldn't play Friday against Milwaukee even though he's been itching to get back on the court, but that didn't stop him from giving back to the community.
For the second straight year, Muhammad delivered backpacks to students through the FastBreak Foundation and Kids In Need; he donated roughly 125 backpacks full of school supplies to the kids. It was an admirable gesture that shouldn't go unnoticed.
So excited to give these school supplies to the kids at Prodeo Academy for my 2nd annual Kids In Need Foundation! pic.twitter.com/k1q05oFw3Q— shabazz muhammad (@ShabazzMuhammad) October 14, 2014
Love Scores 25 in Preseason Win Over Milwaukee
Neither LeBron James or Kyrie Irving (ankle) suited up for the Cavaliers preseason game last night. No worries, Love is used to carrying teams on his back and did the same last night (25 points in 21 minutes) to lead the Cavaliers past the Bucks 106-100. He shot a cool 8-11 from the field (5-7 from three, 4-4 from the line) and gave Cleveland fans another taste of what's to come this season.
Here are his highlights (for those that still care about K-Love):
And here's a quote from Love during the postgame, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com:
"I'm comfortable and just not trying to, I guess, fit in so much," Love said after the game. "I had a talk with the guys on the plane ride over (to Brazil) and also at different practices off the floor and they told me to fit out. Just be myself.
"I kind of laughed and smirked at that. Off the court, I never have any problems with that. But on the court, it's just us having so many weapons and being able to fit together out there on the floor ... You always say check your egos at the door but we also need to bring our egos with us because that's what makes us so great. We wouldn't be here without them."
Where Are They Now?
In a series I hope to continue each Wednesday, depending on whether people like it or not, I plan to take a look at what one former Timberwolves player is up to. While Stephon Marbury was tough to pass on this week, I decided to go a little bit more off the grid. This weeks subject: Bracey Wright
According to the internet, former Wolves draft pick Bracey Wright - selected 47th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Indiana - currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Super League. He's under contract with the team until 2017 after signing a three-year extension this past July.
Bracey Wright is among the top non-Euroleague SG. Had several offers but comfort level in Israel led him to signing long-term pact.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 24, 2014
Probably the most interesting tidbit I found was that Wright and Rubio played on Joventut - in the ACB League - together in 2008-2009. That was Ricky's last season with the team before he signed a six-year deal with FC Barcelona, which contained an affordable buyout that was eventually exercised in 2011.
Music: Sampha - Too Much
I was first introduced to Sampha on Drake's album 'Nothing Was The Same' with his excellent feature on the track "Too Much." That earned him more ears around the world, and I've been a fan ever since. Here's the original version, performed live at BBC Radio 1's Future Festival 2014: