Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’

Zach LaVine dunking a football

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The offseason is only a few weeks old, but Zach LaVine is already winning the summer. Just the other day we saw a picture of LaVine working on his vertical leap and getting a few feet above the rim.

Today we can see LaVine’s hops in action. Here’s a video of LaVine after a recent workout, using a football and showing off his ability to dunk pretty much anything…


VIDEO: LaVine Football Dunks

Zach LaVine wants to jump even higher

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everyone knows Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, the reigning NBA Dunk Champ, can jump out of the gym. But what if he could jump even higher? Apparently that’s in the works, as LaVine is spending some time this summer at the Peak Performance Project training facility. In this video, he almost jumps so high that he runs out of room on the scale. For what it’s worth, this is him hitting 12 feet, 1 inch, two feet above the rim…

(via FTW)

Minnesotans were fired up about getting first pick in the NBA draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves won last night’s NBA Draft lottery, ensuring that they will have the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It wasn’t altogether shocking — the Wolves did have the best chance at getting the first pick — but that doesn’t always translate to actually getting the first pick. So it’s safe to say, Timberwolves fans and front office members were equally nervous as the envelopes were opened and the top picks were revealed. Here are two videos showing just how exciting the announcement was, one vid from inside the fan viewing party, and another video from inside the T-Wolves war room, as team president Flip Saunders and his staff learn they’re drafting first…

Garnett, Mozgov throw out first pitches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve reached the part of the calendar where basketball and baseball overlap, and as we’ve seen in years past, NBA players are always popular choices to throw out the first pitch at baseball games. This happens with more regularity during the NBA offseason, when players have more free time, but we’ve already had a few NBA first pitches this season.

Let’s start in Minnesota, where Kevin Garnett has returned. KG recently visited a Twins game and threw a looping first pitch strike…

VIDEO: KG first pitch

And we should also go to Cleveland, where Timofey Mozgov walked across the street from the Cavs arena to the Indians’ stadium and threw out the first pitch at a recent game. Pretty good throw from Mozgov, considering his first practice pitch almost beans some dude hanging out in the batting cage…

VIDEO: Mozgov first pitch

Jabari Parker, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton want to be like Mike

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Gatorade has been celebrating the 23rd anniversary of their iconic “Be Like Mike” ads with remixed versions of the original ad. But now they’ve dropped a new version of the ad featuring a ton of current athletes, including NBA players Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine, along with Mia Hamm, Bryce Harper, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton, Abby Wambach…and Michael Jordan himself…


VIDEO: Be Like Mike

Manu Ginobili calls technical foul on referee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What if NBA players could call technical fouls on referees? Probably not a great idea. But if it were allowed, I think Manu Ginobili would have a pretty good case in this instance from yesterday’s Spurs/Wolves game…

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(via r/NBA)

Minnesota Timberwolves go above and beyond for letter-writing fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When I was a kid, I decided to try and collect autographs from many of my favorite NBA players and coaches. So I wrote letters to a bunch of NBA players and coaches, asking them to send me their signatures. Very few of them did, most of them did not. But one person went above and beyond: Then-Spurs coach Larry Brown not only sent me an autograph, he enclosed a Spurs t-shirt, shorts and a media guide. It was much more than I had asked for, and it was enough (for the time being) to make me root for the Spurs.

Reddit user Sibewolf also put pen to paper, sending hand-written letters to every NBA team. “I sent a letter to all 30 NBA teams asking why I should be their fan since my team, the Seattle SuperSonics, left in 2008,” he wrote in a post. “Only the Minnesota Timberwolves responded.”

And not only did the T-Wolves respond, they did so in an interesting way. According to the photo posted by Sibewolf, the Wolves not only responded with a letter listing the top ten reasons to become a Wolves fan, but they also sent along an autographed basketball…

via redditor Sibewolf

 

Sure, the ball may be a little old — Luke Ridnour, who signed the ball, hasn’t been on the Wolves since 2013 — but it’s above and beyond what any other team did. And it’s a nice way to make a fan for life.

Kevin Garnett salutes shirtless dancing fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett made his big return to Minnesota last week, but he wasn’t the only one to make an important comeback.

John Sweeney owns a comedy theater in Minnesota, but he may be better known by the name “Jiggly Boy.” A decade ago, Sweeney made several appearances on the scoreboard during T-Wolves games, dancing shirtless. But as the Wolves rebuilt, Sweeney danced away from the game.

But when Garnett returned, so did Jiggly Boy, who had a special message scrawled on his chest just for KG. And even KG, who is famously focused and intense, had to crack a smile and give Jiggly Boy a wave. As KG said later…

Dance, Jiggly Boy, dance…


VIDEO: Jiggly Boy

Comparing Zach LaVine and Vince Carter


VIDEO: Dunk recap

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the greatest dunk contest performances of all-time was in Oakland in 2000, when Vince Carter unleashed epic dunk after epic dunk. And while dunk contests since then have been up-and-down, this year Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine turned in another dunk contest for the ages. In fact, LaVine has drawn comparisons to Carter, and as this Vine from the NBA shows, there certainly are some similarities…

(Vine via TNLP)

Timberwolves prepare for big return of…Mike Miller?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The biggest move this offseason for the Minnesota Timberwolves was trading away Kevin Love to Cleveland. It was a deal that worked out well for everyone: Love got to go play for a contender, while the T-Wolves were able to re-boot the franchise and add draft picks and young talent like Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. This Saturday, Kevin Love returns to Minnesota for the first time since the trade. So the Timberwolves released this video preparing fans for the big matchup and the return to town of…wait, Mike Miller?


VIDEO: Wolves Miller