We're only one day removed from Kevin Garnett's big return to Minnesota (no, it's not time to stop talking about it yet), Derrick Rose is hurt (again), and there are some non-basketball headlines worthy of noting as well. Buckle up, everyone. It's time for the Friday Frenzy.
More Reflections on KG
Wednesday night's game could not have gone much better than it did. The video welcoming Garnett back to the Pack was hands-down the best in-arena production I've seen, and the electricity at Target Center was so contagious that I felt it from my couch at home. If you missed it, Key gave a great recap of the festivities.
Here are my thoughts:
- Garnett didn't score a lot of points. He wasn't expected to. In the wake of Wednesday's game, I've heard a few fans intent on being salty over the situation. Would it have been sweet to see him score 30 points on his first night back in Minny? Absolutely. But 38-year-old KG is not the same as the KG the Wolves drafted, and they don't expect him to be.
- Garnett improved the Wolves defense. Even though he only played 19 minutes (and will probably play even fewer per game going forward), KG did strengthen Minnesota's defense when he was on the floor. The pace of the game itself proved better, and he was able to grab eight boards, two blocks, and a steal.
- Garnett's presence in the lineup made an immediate impact. Despite only scoring five points on the evening, it was obvious that KG's energy and confidence level transferred to his teammates. I can't remember the time I watched the Wolves take over a game in the second half the way they did on Wednesday, and it affirmed that bringing Garnett back to Minnesota was a good move. Watching him "coach" on the bench and give every player high-fives as they came off the court demonstrated his excitement and willingness to be a part of this team.
Other Basketball News
- Nate Robinson to Chicago? It's been two days since ESPN announced that Derrick Rose would need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The Chicago Bulls certainly feel for their teammate, and it's now being reported that Rose's recovery time could be less than originally expected. However, according to RealGM, free agent guard Nate Robinson had "exploratory conversations" with the team regarding a return to Chicago. Robinson came off the bench for the Bulls during the 2012-2013 season, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists.
- The Wolves will face the Rose-less Bulls tonight in Chicago. If you remember, they lost to the Bulls in the third game of the season, a 106-105 heart breaker in which Andrew Wiggins was called for a foul on an attempted buzzer beater by Jimmy Butler, who drained both free throws for the Bulls win. Would be nice to get back at them and keep the momentum going tonight.
- NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is making predictions on Twitter again:
LeBron James & Kyrie Irving have the Cavs rolling and now w/ both Rose & Bosh out, the Cavs will definitely be in the Finals.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 26, 2015
This is the Song That Never Ends
On Thursday, more Adrian Peterson news made headlines when federal Judge Doty vacated the arbitration award that upheld his suspension. The Internet immediately went crazy, as it was initially announced that Peterson was automatically reinstated into the League. However, that information turned out be inaccurate.
According to USA Today, the NFL issued a statement and returned Peterson to the exempt list. Part of the statement released Thursday afternoon is below:
...we believe strongly that Judge Doty's order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court's role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appear to have the ruling reviewed by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals [...]
Speculation about where Peterson will play next season continues to boil, and the story will only continue to develop. If/when Peterson is reinstated, the Vikings will have the ultimate final say in the situation, as the RB is still under contract.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
The weather isn't getting much warmer (if you're in Minnesota), so it looks like a great weekend to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. Here's my recommendation:
Big Hero 6
I saw this movie when it was released in theaters, and I honestly had no idea what to expect. It's safe to say, however, this film blew me away. Big Hero 6 has it all: amazing animation, a great Soundtrack, humor, drama, and a creative plot line. The movie won an Oscar for best animated/feature film on Sunday, and it was definitely well-deserved.
Watch the trailer here, and happy weekending!