Investigative Report: The Awkward Handshake

by Kevin McCormack

The Kevin Love-Wesley Johnson handshake whiff from last week has already burned up the InterWebs, so kudos to the Timberwolves for addressing this mega-scandal head on:

68 Comments

  1. fredb says:

    hilarious!!! too bad the team sucks!

  2. LAthunderfan says:

    love spends too much time with milkshakes rather than handshakes

  3. alexander says:

    hahaha, i was looking in the beginning and i was like is this guy serious
    very funny vid wolves, to bad beasley wasnt in it talking about his handshake nightmares with the heat xD

  4. Dias says:

    Really funny! The team definitely does not suck, it has allot of potential. First thing to improve? Coaching! But team unity – really good it seems

  5. KingNothing says:

    LoL That was great! Two thumbs up!

  6. Sean says:

    lol that is some funny stuff glad to see that the nba has a sense of humor in their videos

  7. Corey says:

    Beasley scoring at will, 30-30 games, now this. I am slowly becoming a T-Wolves fan.

  8. GSingh says:

    O Relax, media blows everything out of proportion. Just play the game, and when you’re tired, your tired. They should just laugh it off. What’s next, technical foul for delay of game because handshakes take too long? and then all of a sudden no handshakes ahahahha

  9. carlo09 says:

    lol funny it just shows how the team chemistry is so good just by shaking hands :D

  10. EL Porter says:

    LMAO! This was the funniest!

  11. Jay says:

    Lol, that’s so funny. They’ll get the hang of it, I’m not too worried about it :-p

  12. erhan says:

    Anyone notice the smiley face on the top right corner?

  13. erhan says:

    Anybody notice the smiley face on the top right corner of this page?

  14. KipperMarlin says:

    Lol. Maybe this is why the wolves are so bad. They should probably be focusing on basketball more than making pointless videos. I’m glad I’m not a fan of these clowns. 31 and 31 is great, but 3-8 record isn’t.

  15. Kael says:

    LMAO!!! This was a funny piece. I love it. Still laughing! :D

  16. Kev says:

    relax, its just a handshake. not that serious… the twolves got more important issues to deal with

  17. well thats stupied they have to practice a simple handshake

  18. DLW* says:

    That was hilarious! At first I too was like “is this guy for real?” I just want to give credit to the originality of the video and say job well done. It made me laugh and the world could always use more of that.

  19. Sandy says:

    This was amazeballs. I can’t stop laughing. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. rolo says:

    werent most of those high fives nd not handshakes?

  21. theThe says:

    Fantastic mini insite on the handshake. Always wondered about its importance and how it effects the mind set during a game. Thanks!

  22. Gangstarr says:

    I dont think it was awkward, it was funny though. Why awkward, it was unintentional, the guy is a rookie, you dont know what is going on in his mind not that it is an excuse. I vaguely remember some guy went into the court before taking off his sweat shirt,…or even what about Kobe acting like a spoiled child when Phil called a time out towards the end of the game? If it was some bickering team stars (like Shaq and Kobe in LA) then it worth talking about it but c’mon is there nothing to talk about the Wolves but the ‘airhandshake’? I cant believe the team broadcaster’s analysis, is he serious? Just a rok mistake on focusing on what is going on the court, nothing malicious..

  23. Benjamin Button says:

    I want them to continue missing the handshake at the free throw line on purpose from now on…lol.
    If the T-Wolves or anyone associated with the team sees this post…please tell them to consider.
    Thank you!

  24. Kamira says:

    That was funny, but why do people think its such a big deal. Everybody has their awkward moments! This is just one of them

  25. Jwest25 says:

    Hahahaha I loved this. You just gotta laugh at yourself every once in awhile. GOOD CLIP! Also..I think some people really think this vid was serious……….. Idiots….

  26. shlutpuppy says:

    what was so awkward about that???

  27. Ronald says:

    Man! It is just an handshake! they are taking a simple thing as a tragedy! Naturally i would have felt bad, but it is not big deal man!

  28. John says:

    Well, if you don’t get your handshake just learn from andrew bogut

  29. d-roc22 says:

    lmao is this a serious video,i mean come on its just a stupid handshake

  30. Carrington Banks says:

    This was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen

  31. Jswif says:

    For a sec i thought they were serious, then towards the middle i was like, ohhhh is a joke :P

  32. Isabel says:

    “One of the most tragic moments in Minnesota sports history”????
    Was K-Love being serious or is this his style of humour? Cos if its serious – wow, lighten up Mr Love. If not – its quite funny!!! Right up there with bed wetting in 9th grade and having “the talk” with ur parents!!! LOL :P

  33. Knzi says:

    Lol this was so funny, like alot of other peeps iwas kinda wondering wether it was serious at first,. But yeah, I really loved this,. :D Nice to see something “diffrent”,.

    Nice one T-Wolves! Keep it up! ;p

  34. D Jones says:

    ” You have to get better on the ‘handshake’ part of your game”

    Come on man this is ridiculous …. but its pretty funny how everyone is making such a big deal out of it

  35. Daniel says:

    The most tragic moment in Minnesota Sports History…..lol

  36. Lynn says:

    That was really cute!

  37. paco says:

    THIS IS SAD. Who cares? This is news because the teams sucks. Plus the only problem is the timberwolves player who is a lazyass.
    What everrrr..

  38. rat says:

    coaching is good on the wolves. but the players suck besides love and beasly. which are decent supporting players to a star team. but not stars. so coaching is not the problem. just players who themselves chose not to live up to expectations. not on purpose of course. after all its the players that play, not the coaches. yeah i miss all my shots and its my coaches fault. thats a load of bs.

    now about the article. i just lost a lot of respect for the guy who did that to love. because what he did was truely disrespectful to a high degree. i hope the guy who did it isnt like what was so wrong about that. cause if he was then dang son you have a lot to learn.

    • rat says:

      ok i was a little harsh. sorry about that didnt mean to rant or anything. i messed up there.

      • Brendan Dufort says:

        You shouldn’t be talking about the T’Wolves if you don’t know who Wesley Johnson is he has more potential than probably anyone else on that team. Plus this whole video was a joke and it’s not “disrespectful” to miss on a high five before a foulshout.

  39. HAH. says:

    I am seriously starting to like Kevin Love nowadays. This is an awesome video. Very funny :)

  40. Jack says:

    Only in the NBA. Love it.

  41. Jamaal says:

    I like that piece. very funny. and how you got those two to play along was the guts!….hahahhah@ the practice where they kept missing the handshake and when Love said he pee’d the bed well into 8th grade hhahahaahh

  42. Texifornia says:

    Why is it such a big deal for them? It just a handshake, and they have to get the players to get it down? No wonder why they suck.

  43. AIKO says:

    haha. that was funny..
    kevin love getting shy and all then throwing the ball haha

  44. legend says:

    wes thought love didn’t see him so he went to his spot

  45. hashish says:

    rookie and kevin love are one and the same

  46. Brettles says:

    I love all the attention the wolves are getting this season, yeah they aren’t a top team, but they have amazing chemistry on and off the court, they seem to have fun even when losing, they post big numbers win or lose and they make do with a team or rookies more or less. twolves will always be my team

  47. Jadapheonixfan says:

    Lol how stupid is this video

  48. moshe says:

    i dont know how the guy is stil in the team

  49. James says:

    Lol. This is up there with ‘THE ONION’.. Kudos to NBA and the T-wolves for making a great satire.. You really made a lot of people clueless. And , err goodluck on the season…

  50. Propsal says:

    I think they should have a handshake competition in the All star game. It would be interesting to watch and very entertain. I think everyone would agree that the all star game has become extremely boring. Especially the slam dunk contest. I think they should incorporate some new events. This handshake event would be cheap to organize and it is very entertaining to watch. I have seen some of the NBA players handshakes such as Monta Ellis. His is extremely creative and fun to watch i think this would be a good opportunity to revive the All star game.

  51. omg says:

    This is obviously a joke video. Great job Wolves, I was laughing.

  52. wikiwiki says:

    It’s sad how many people in this comment thread thought this was serious =(

    Great American education :/ Go to your local library (you can type that in google to find out what it is) and read a book people. Become literate. Please. For the sake of the children.

  53. D-Man says:

    Wow…some people take this seriously?
    T-Wolves need to get better. Since they’ve lost Garnett, their so bad now…even Love can’t heal the pain. Beasley might spark inspiration, but their not gonna make the playoffs.

  54. Jeff says:

    LOL i thought it was serious for like half the video!!!

  55. Jesse says:

    I am now a Timberwolves fan.

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  57. dan g says:

    awesome piece of reporting. in the words of that guy from that tv show, “i like it when we talk about the deep stuff”

  58. leeda says:

    Doesn’t really matter. Dude got 31 rebounds, he can do whatever he wants

  59. Chris says:

    This is not that big of a deal. So what? Who cares about a handshake? Can we focus on the basketball? People talking about this is the worse thing in timberwolves history…the fact that this made NBA headlines is sad!!!!!

  60. Antonio says:

    It is awesome, so good to see NBA players take time out to have a bit of a laugh at themselves

  61. Souther cali! says:

    I wanna share this on my facebook but i can’t! stupid NBA.com get up to speed with the program here! Make that available! PLEASE!

  62. Eroc says:

    Man this was too funny! after 31 points & 31 rebs, the rook should be wanting to touch a brother’s hand