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Monday Musings: Russell, Rebuilding, and Reliving the Lynx Dynasty

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We may be inching closer to the return of the men’s and women’s basketball, but for now let’s touch on some of more recent basketball-related news.

New Orleans Pelicans v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images

Happy Monday!

As states across the country continue to re-open in various phases, I wanted to wish you all continued good health and safety as we push forward and navigate one of the most difficult periods of time in our lives.

Turning our attention to basketball, there’s still no firm time table on when certain leagues (NBA, WNBA, MLB, etc.) will make their return, but as the days grow lighter and we approach the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day), I would imagine that more and more positive news will flood our timelines as these leagues sort out the legalities and requirements necessary to once again “play ball.”

For now, let’s catch up on a couple hot topics from the past few days.

Fox Sports North to Air Lynx “Classic Games”

Much like they did for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Fox Sports North announced late last week that they would be airing select Minnesota Lynx “classic games” from various moments during their dynasty:

As you may know, the Lynx were scheduled to kick off the season this past Friday against the Chicago Sky before returning to Minneapolis for their home debut against the Indiana Fever, but because of everything happening with COVID-19, those games have been (obviously) postponed. Nevertheless, fans will be able to re-live some fantastic Lynx moments from the past, including the team’s franchise–best 28th win, Sylvia Fowles 20/20 vision game, and Maya’s buzzer-beater in the 2015 WNBA Finals.

The next “classic game” to be re-aired will be Maya Moore’s franchise-record 40 point game, which will take place this coming Sunday at 6:00pm CST (set your DVR’s accordingly).

D’Angelo Russell Finds a Home

Despite a lack of of fresh Timberwolves news to discuss, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski continues to churn out some tremendous articles about the team, none more interesting (in my opinion) than his latest piece on newly acquired franchise point guard D’Angelo Russell:

Again, if you haven’t read this yet, I would highly recommend checking it out. The article dives deep into the nomadic lifestyle thus far for the 24-year old from Louisville, Kentucky, and explains why this stop on his journey just feels different.

Rebuilding, Part 42

I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline this morning and came across this cool (and simultaneously depressing) tweet:

While not surprising or new, the hiatus from the NBA has severely fogged my memory when it comes to just how many new faces the Wolves have welcomed to Minnesota in just under a year. Remember when Jordan Bell was a thing? Or what about Treveon Graham averaging 25-minutes a game for the first two months of the season? Can you even name the 14 new players currently on the roster? Oh, also... remember this guy?

Regardless of how you feel about this current iteration of a rebuild, I think we can all agree that it is absolute bananas that 21-year old Josh Okogie is the second-longest tenured player on the team (you know, the kid who was drafted less than 24-months ago). Whenever the NBA does indeed return, I would expect Gersson Rosas to continue being aggressive as he reshapes the roster to better suit his overall vision and style of play.

In other words, if I was a current member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, I would hold off for now on booking my next trip to the Bahamas.