The future best team in basketball hails from Minnesota. That’s right, you read that correctly, Minnesota. No there’s no expansion team on the way, and no I’m not talking about college. I mean the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves have began to hit their stride in the post Kevin Love era, with budding superstar Andrew Wiggins continuing to improve, and last year adding the already dominant Karl-Anthony Towns in the 2015 draft, the Wolves have themselves a pair of ROY winners, combined with the dunk king Zach Lavine and the wisdom of KG to help guide the young stars. On top of that, this off-season they went out and added one of the top coaches in the league, and possibly the best defensive coach in the league, Tom Thibodeau.
Here’s where my hot take gets even hotter: this years ROY will not be Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, it will be Kris Dunn, and here’s why - Dunn absolutely dominated the two summer league games he played in before experiencing a concussion, posting numbers of 24.0 ppg, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 2.0 steals per game. While I do believe his minutes right off the jump will not be overwhelming, I do expect him to take over the starting PG position by the All-Star break. With Kris pushing the floor with Andrew and Zach on his sides, and working the pick & roll with Big KAT, the sky’s the limit for these young fellas. Kris brings a strong defensive presence and a good 3-point shot to a team that needs both.
My predictions for this season for the Wolves are not anything too far fetched, and I don’t expect a deep playoff run just yet, but in a strong Western Conference, I see the Wolves winning 50 games and securing a 6-8 seed, with a possible first round battle depending on which powerhouse they get set up with. This is just the beginning as the Wolves will look to 3-peat with rookie of the year award, and watch as both Andrew and Karl-Anthony propel themselves into the league's best of the best, as I expect both of them to be strong candidates for the All-Star game and All-NBA teams, whether first or third, is up to them.
B/R’s Howard Beck- “Westbrook could be traded sooner rather than later and the most likely destination right now is the Boston Celtics.”
When I heard the report early this morning when I woke up it made me wanna crawl into a ball, go under my bed, and never come out. My favorite player in the NBA now that Kobe is retired might go to the arch nemesis of my favorite NBA franchise, the Boston Celtics. As a Laker fan I hear this and cringe, a kid who spent his college days playing at UCLA and, who also loves the lime light isn’t going to come play for the Lakers but is going to go to the Celtics?! I know he has no say in this decision because it would be via trade but I’ll have a very hard time rooting for Russell Westbrook in the Green and White. Now if Westbrook were to tell the Celtics I’ll stay and sign an extension at the end of the season and then leave after they gave up all those assets to get him that’d be the ultimate Machiavellian move. On top of that, if he left Boston and came to LA I’d have to declare him my favorite player ever based on the sole fact he fucked over Danny Ainge and the Celtics. That’s the kind of player I want leading the young stars we have on this roster. A true savage who will do anything necessary to take out the enemy and bring more championships to LA. We’re only one ring behind Boston for most all time, so Russy do the right thing, fuck over the Celtics, come back home to LA, and cement your legacy by adding some championship rings to your resume. Just remember there’s plenty of room outside the Staples Center for another statue.
As the final buzzer rang in a game six defeat, most NBA fans; including myself, did not think it would be the last time they would see the legend Tim Duncan walk off the court as a player. After 19 seasons, it seemed as though the old man could always pull off one more season with his Spurs squad, in hopes of winning the coveted title he had helped them achieve on five separate occasions. Although, early this morning while in the office i looked down at my phone to see the notification "Tim Duncan to retire after 19 seasons". Was i shocked by seeing this? No, for Gods sake the guy played 19 seasons as one of the most dominate power forwards in the entire league. I think the right word to use is thankful. I'm thankful I have been able to watch such a great person and player go to war with his team that he considers for 60-82 games each year and leave it all on the court. Even if i have never been a huge fan of the Spurs, and the game 7 win against Lebron and the Miami Heat from 2014 still keeps me awake at night, you need to respect this man. Not only is Timmy THE BEST POWER FORWARD OF ALL TIME, but the guy has always been a class act. He never made the tabloids for being in some sort of scandal, he was never about chasing the money or being the center of attention of his team, all he wanted to do was play what he was born to do: basketball. God damn could that man ball. An illustrious career has come to a close, and he has quite the resume to put him among the basketball greats. Duncan is finishing his career with these achievements: 97-98' ROY, 5 NBA Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, 2 Season MVPs, 15 All-Star Games, 15 Time All-NBA, and 15 Time All Defensive. Not to mention he holds playoff records and regular season records for both his team and the entire league in a plethora of categories. To say i will miss Tim Duncan is an understatement, he was the boy simple as that (and did not need a farewell tour to make it known). So #21, I salute you. I salute your bad fashion tastes, your grandpa swagger, your perfect bank shot, and your legendary career. - B
Kevin Durant has officially become softer than baby shit. If you are this spineless to leave your city, your team, to go play for the guys who just humiliated you in the western conference finals you have no balls. It's that simple. Durant is a pussy and I will never respect a superstar that goes to a ready made championship team. Anyone who is comparing him to the Lebron situation of a few years back lacks any sort of brain function. What Lebron did was go to Miami and make the Heat a championship team, not join an already made championship team. I respect Lebron for coming back to Cleveland bringing his city a championship and not running the second the Golden state Warriors beat them in the finals the first time. Thunder were up 3-1 in the conference finals and Durant chokes away the series because he forgets how to play basketball in the last five minutes of games. So this man losses his team the series essentially and than leaves for the team he lost to like the cowardly dog he is. Anyone saying OKC was stagnant, or done growing as a team is an utter fool. This team was one win or should i say one decent fourth quarter performance out of KD away from playing in the NBA finals. This team has had an injury to either Westbrook or Durant in the years before causing them to underachieve those years and before that they lost in the finals to a great heat team. How can anyone say this team wasn't gonna be able to compete for a championship in 2017 if Durant stays. The addition of Victor Oladipo to the backcourt was a great move for the Thunder they also acquired a young player in the deal as well and only had to give up Serge Ibaka who peaked 4 years ago. With Steven Adams proving hes a valuable big in the playoffs this year and adding Oladipo i think the sky was the limit for this team. But, Durant left for Oakland and took the easy path to the hardware, leaving OKC fans with a bunch of "what ifs..." this season.