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.
Wolves Twitter has never been as joyful as it has been in the last two days — so expect several tweets in this week’s playoff-bound digest!
Atlanta Hawks social media has been delightful all season.
All season, the Atlanta Hawks social media team has been one of the Wolves’ biggest cheerleaders. The Hawks’ subreddit became a Wolves subreddit for the last two days of the season and their Twitter account was pushing hard for the Wolves during Wednesday night’s game. I’ll miss this next season.
KAT answers questions about his all-time favorite Nikes, favorite childhood NBA team, and how he “felt like Vegeta” growing up
According to KAT, Wolves fans are in for a treat over the next five years:
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Multiple time All-Star, getting very deep in the playoffs and having a chance to win a ring. I would hope to win one in that five years or have a chance at least.
Chuck isn’t right about a lot. But he was right about us.
Coach Mitchell has love for Ricky Rubio
“They’ve got a team full of Ricky Rubios.”
KAT is one unique cat
There have (now) been three players to record 68 or more double-doubles in a single season in the last 20 years.— David Naylor (@ProfCedar) April 12, 2018
Kevin Garnett (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05)
Dwight Howard (2007-08)
Karl-Anthony Towns (2017-18)
No player in history has played a season shooting better than 50% from the field, better than 40% from 3, and averaging more than 21 points and 12 rebounds per game.— David Naylor (@ProfCedar) April 12, 2018
Or at least, none had until Karl-Anthony Towns this year.
I’m Just Tougher Than Everybody
KAT on Butler, in his third game back, playing 42 minutes: "He's a cyborg from another place. Built in the lab. And we're very glad that we've got him.''— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) April 12, 2018
Butler, on playing 42 minutes his third game back: "i think i'm just tougher than everybody. That's what it comes down to.''
Andrew Wiggins on making the playoffs and ending the drought: “It means a lot. We’ve been at it for a long time. This is what Flip first wanted when I first came here, to make the playoffs. We’re finally there now. I know he’s up there proud and I know Minnesota’s happy."— John Meyer (@thedailywolf) April 12, 2018
Shouts to Meredith for rocking our Thibs Mullet Pin on NBA TV!
You may now call her “Coach Whalen”
Your Required Reading of the Week
Coach Reeve wrote a FANTASTIC piece for the The Player’s Tribune about gender equality. If you only read one thing this week, make it this one.
It’s easy, sometimes, to lose hope when we see things sliding backwards. But there are measurable changes we can work on that give me hope: diversity in the workplace, closing the gender pay gap, women’s health care. There are also changes that are harder to measure but no less important, including redefining what it means or doesn’t mean to be a woman. For example, what a woman should wear or how she should speak or the type of job she should have. There are very practical things that need changing in my own field: Making more room for women on the management level in the NBA; or the amount of support we give the WNBA, as a league — advocating for higher salaries, more visibility and media coverage, more marketing dollars. Even ticket sales.
Meet Andrew Karl-Anthony Butler
A trip down memory lane with KAT
Yes, it’s sponsored by Gatorade, but this is actually a pretty fun history lesson about KAT’s past.
Your Doctor Recommended Weekly Dose of Jam Session
Your twice-weekly dose of Wolves highlights set to beats from Minnesota producers is here!— Wolvescast (@wolvescast) April 9, 2018
Please enjoy this week’s Jam Session. Song by St Paul Love.
Finally, a handful of good tweets from Game 82
Felt my face after those Wiggins free throws and realized I was crying. 14 freaking years.— Megan Schuster (@megschuster) April 12, 2018
MAKE THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR TROPHY A SOLID DIAMOND BUST OF TAJ GIBSON— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 12, 2018
From #TheJump: On the promise @KarlTowns made, and how the Wolves finally fulfilled it, with grit and toughness and everything they've been accused of not having these past few months. This was a win worthy of Flip, who deserved it. pic.twitter.com/TAoi3YoVEk— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 12, 2018