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International Man of Mystery Britt Robson has a delightful two-part interview with TV’s bad boy Jim Pete. His perspective on the Teague situation is the most reasonable and insightful that I’ve read yet. Here’s an angle I hadn’t considered:
BR: Well, that is actually a fascinating precedent that I have thought about writing up in a column. Because one of the reasons Thibs may be being so careful with Teague and his role is the way a point-guard controversy happened in Atlanta. Teague was the unquestioned starter and then Schroder steadily gained more minutes and seemed more effective. Atlanta eventually opted for Schroder and traded Teague. That would be a weird dynamic, to have a similar situation start to develop again right after you’ve signed a big long-term deal.
JP: Right. And so that is a problem. You have got to be able to mitigate controversy and a player’s confidence. You don’t want to be doing that with a player. I see that Schroder was a rookie in 2013-14 and he averaged about 13 minutes a game, but then his minutes continually clicked up to where he was playing 19.7 and then 20.3 minutes per game. So right to that level you were saying. Teague was playing 28.5 minutes and Schroder was playing 20.3. Exactly the scenario you are talking about when things started going the other way for Jeff Teague.
Let’s take a minute and check on the rook.
ICYMI: Charlie Johnson took a deep dive into Justin Patton’s development earlier this week.
Was there a particular player whose jersey you always wore growing up?
I wasn’t a jersey guy. I never really had the money for it. I remember the one time I got a jersey that I really wanted, I got it for a birthday present. My favorite player is Len Bias and my parents got me a Mitchell and Ness Len Bias jersey from when he was at Maryland. I still have it to this day in my closet.
Why is Team Steph gonna beat Team LeBron?
I mean because we’ve got me and Jimmy, whatcha mean? That’s how we’re gonna win. I didn’t even know that was a question. Me and Jimmy are on that team…we got it.
A great basketball player, but an even better human being. @GorguiDieng sits down to chat about his life outside of basketball, specifically his passion for farming and investing in agriculture in Africa! pic.twitter.com/NazbWGT6Yw— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 26, 2018
Gorgui Dieng is my hero.
I know how it feels:
Who would you have picked first if you were a captain?
I would have picked Jimmy. I would have picked my teammate.
Get well soon Kevin.
So, Kevin Love, where were you picked in the All-Star draft? pic.twitter.com/CiR9pqT1Sy— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 26, 2018
I’m looking forward to seeing your photos of the Timberwolves ice sculptures. See them before they melt.
If you’ve always wanted to see life-size ice sculptures of KAT, Wiggins and Jimmy B, now’s your big chance pic.twitter.com/kVvTWY8Ocr— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) January 31, 2018