Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’

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…


(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

Thaddeus Young invents new form of rookie hazing for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve officially reached that time in the season when the players are ready for a vacation and can’t wait for the All-Star break. So how do they deal with that ennui? For some veterans, it seems like this is when they start picking on the rookies, from Philadelphia all the way to Los Angeles.

But it’s not just on the coasts. Check out this video from the last night’s postgame interview session in Minnesota, where the T-Wolves beat the Celtics 110-98. When it was Andrew Wiggins‘ time to talk, veteran forward Thaddeus Young couldn’t let him go unscathed…

VIDEO: Wiggins interview

Andrew Wiggins has his dream job

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sometimes old school yearbooks contain photos or information we’d rather forget than recall. But yesterday on Reddit, someone uncovered a middle school yearbook that contained an old class photo of Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins, and even way back then, Wiggins had a clear idea of what he wanted to do for a living when he grew up. Guess some dreams do come true…

Here’s footage of 14-year-old Ricky Rubio

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As of today, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio is second in the NBA in assists per game, averaging 11 per contest. Rubio has talked often about how he wants to be the leader of the young Timberwolves team, and even though he has just three years of NBA experience, he’s got a lifetime of basketball experience. Rubio has been a professional basketball player since he was a kid, and made his debut in Spain’s ACB league with DKV Joventut as a 14-year-old. Here’s a cool video of Rubio at 14, learning the fundamentals with his then-coach, Sito Alonso.

VIDEO: Young Ricky

(via Sportando)

Ricky Rubio looks like he does not want to forget Minnesota’s win

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Following a big road win tonight in Brooklyn, Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic addressed the media and noted that the team will do their best to forget this win and move on to the next game. In the background, Ricky Rubio seems like he’s not so sure about this strategy…

And he confirmed these feelings later in the night:

Milwaukee Bucks break out trick play

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re still in the NBA preseason, but Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks are already in midseason form when it comes to trick plays. Kidd, you’ll remember, had a few tricks up his sleeve last season when was coaching the Nets, such as the game where he “spilled” a drink on the court to get a free time out. Last night against Minnesota, guard Bucks Nate Wolters trotted over toward Kidd on the sideline as if he was going to call a timeout, and when the defense made a similar assumption, Wolters had a clear path to the rim. Nifty play…