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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.

ohmaigawd can we please get NBA games back?

Things we did when the NBA was away:

  • Consumed every single second of All-Star Weekend
  • Re-watched the celebrity game
  • Organized the entire basement
  • Watched college basketball (just kidding!)
  • Participated in a mock mediation between NBA referees and players
  • Traced potential tattoos of Jimmy’s face
  • Got really into Curling
  • Bought a house (Seriously, Neil is a homeowner now)
  • Attended repeat showings of Black Panther
  • Danced like nobody was watching (even though we know somebody is always watching)
  • Had actual conversations with our spouses
  • Forgave Ed Malloy (just kidding!)
  • Mastered the game of dominoes in order to one day defeat Jimmy Butler
  • Created a new show called “WolvesFast” that we do when there are no Wolves games to talk about (episode two coming in May June)
  • Hosted Tuesday night trivia at Darby’s, natch
  • Listened to the Cha Cha Slide on repeat and clapped along until our hands hurt
  • Tasted a Nintendo Switch cartridge
  • Told the story of Wilbur Foshay
  • Walked the skyways to Target Center anyway
  • Watched the NHL (just kidding!)

If you missed the tribute to Flip Saunders, you should watch it:

It was a moving ceremony that I encourage you to watch.

Some fans were disappointed that KG choose to host TNT’s Area 21 in lieu of attending, but this is the same guy who chose not to be in the Player Testimonial video that was recorded after Flip’s death. He is a man who grieves in his own way. Let him be.

Kevin Garnett has a contrarian soul. It is in his very essence, as it is in mine. This is why Jimmy Butler still suited up for the All-Star Game despite knowing he wouldn’t play. He’s making a point the he’s All-Star quality but different. He’s so cool, the All-Star game is beneath him — this man plays dominoes at the Super Bowl! — he’s the lone star who cares more about real wins than fake ones.

Honestly? It only makes me like him more. I have always been drawn to the headstrong enigmas of the world. And yes I do listen to a lot of Kanye West, why do you ask?

Average eBay Price for the commemorative Flip Saunders coin: $23

Flip Sneakers by Kickstradomis

Jimmy Butler All-Star Highlights:

Of all of KAT’s many endorsements, this is definitely the strangest:

This isn’t an #ad, but if Cub Foods wanted to give me free groceries, I wouldn’t object. A man needs to eat.

Land of 10,000 Double-Doubles

Want to learn about the Wolves’ pick-and-roll coverage?

Brian Sampson has you covered over at Dunking with Wolves. Seriously, go read the article.

Kansas University retires Cole Aldrich’s No. 45 jersey

Speaking of NCAA tournament champions, the 2013 Louisville Cardinals must vacate their title. Naturally, this raises the question: How was Gorgui recruited in 2010?

Jimmy didn’t play in the All-Star Game? But he seemed so excited:

Head into every weekend like KAT heading into the All-Star break:

On another note, here’s the best analysis of Jimmy Butler’s upcoming contract extension that I’ve read yet. But...

Your Read of the Week is Clay Skipper’s delightful interview with our father Jimmy Butler for GQ:

Respond in the Comments: Did Jimmy sit during the All-Star Game to subtweet Thibodeau’s minutes management, was he just trying to be too cool for school, or was it something else?