Welcome to Wolvescast Digest, a weekly roundup of NBA odds and ends related to your favorite hometown team. With so much fun NBA content on the web, it can be easy to miss things. We’re here to draw attention to the things that may have sifted through the cracks in your overtaxed attention spans. Feel free to leave a comment with anything that you feel deserves inclusion.
Welcome to the worst week. Don’t get me wrong, I love All-Star Weekend and all the #content that it provides us. But an entire week without watching Timberwolves basketball? It’s going to be a long one ...
Karl-Anthony Towns in February
64.6 FG% / 63.6 3P% / 94.4% FT%
For Your Consideration, Best NBA Tribute Video of the Year
Thanks for the memories, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson! pic.twitter.com/fIH6NudGdD— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 10, 2018
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad:
“I’ve always said the three most competitive players I’ve been around in my career are Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett and Jimmy Butler,” said coach Fred Hoiberg, whom Butler once challenged to coach him harder. “Those guys never backed down from any challenge or shied away from any big shot. Jimmy is as good as I’ve been around from that standpoint. I’m happy for him. He’s in a great spot, and his team will be there right up until the end.”
Zach Deserved This Win
NBA bros Jason Concepcion, Micah Peters, and Shea Serrano break down one of the best dunk contests ever. While I vehemently deny the suggestion that Gordon was robbed, I have always agreed with Jason Concepcion’s contention that the hysterics of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins helped cement LaVine’s win.
Mute This Video and Pair It with Your Favorite Epic Song
The best way to remember Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine's epic Slam Dunk Contest battle: in super slow motion. pic.twitter.com/norkhZBvvz— ESPN (@espn) February 13, 2018
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Easy Gift Ideas for Andrew
You are looking at Andrew Wiggins’s bedsheets. They depict his beloved pooch, Cassie. Anyone who follows Andrew on Snapchat knows all about Cassie. If you ever draw Andrew’s name in your office’s Secret Santa, just remember to get him something related to Cassie.
Your Area 21 Clip of the Week
"Ain't no tape!"— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) February 13, 2018
The secret behind KG's hoodie ( ⬆️)
Neil and I were swimmers in high school. I shaved my head at the end of every season —to become more aerodynamic, but more importantly to purge the chlorine-destroyed mop on my top and start fresh. The weirdest sensation associated with a freshly shaven head is laying down at night and feeling like your head is velcro-ed to your pillow.
Jimmy G. Buckets: The G Stands for Grape Appreciation
Despite being promoted with the gif linked above, this wonderfully delightful exploration of the developing sommeliers in the NBA (that you should totally read) only contains a brief tidbit about our father Jimmy Butler.
Timberwolves Guard Jimmy Butler travels with a wine case, one he toted to the 2016 Rio Olympics, bringing along bottles of pinot noir.
Draft Your All-Star Team
ESPN has a fun website that allows you to draft and simulate your own All-Star teams. (FYI my team is LeBron, Durant, Giannis, Kyrie, Paul George, Westbrook, Jimmy, KAT, Klay, Draymond, Lowry, and Drummond. Too easy.) The last step is to pick your coaching style:
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Wolves created “Timber” profiles for the team’s players. I’ve embedded a few of my favorites above.
I Told You to Not Talk About Tyus!
That national media is starting to notice Tyus. We need to shut up about him before he gets too expensive for us to resign! The Ringer realized he’s the best NBA player from Duke’s 2015 championship team.
Yes, Jones isn’t as strong of a shooter as Teague, but he doesn’t need to be. He’s Ricky Rubio lite. By substituting the seven extra shots per game Teague takes with Jones’s quick passing and scrappy defense, the Wolves can funnel the ball to the players who need it. There’s always the risk that defenses will play Jones the way they play Andre Roberson and dare him with space to shoot, but if Jones can pick his shooting numbers back up to their November and December highs, they’ll be forced to guard him.
Three years after outshining his blue-chip teammates, Jones is finally realizing the potential that forced him into the national spotlight. While Okafor struggles for minutes on a woeful Brooklyn team and Winslow tries to carve out his place on Miami’s deep roster, Jones has become a vital contributor on one of the league’s top teams. Okafor and Winslow may have gone higher in the draft, but Jones figures to once again be in position to leave his mark on the postseason.