Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The former 2001 NBA MVP, Allen Iverson will play host to the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge slated for November 12-13 at the Thomas Mack Center. AI is working with Justice Etnertainment Group on the finishing details.
Iverson will appear on a news conference Wednesday to announce the captains and players for each team. Some confirmed names are: New York's Amare Stoudemire & Chauncey Billups, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant & James Harden, Boston's Paul Pierce, Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, Philadelphia's Louis Williams, Phoenix's Hakim Warrick, Denver's Al Harrington, Milwaukee's Stephen Jackson, Golden State's Monta Ellis & David Lee, Charlotte's Corey Maggette & Kemba Walker, Los Angeles' Matt Barnes, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving & Ryan Hollins, Houston's Marcus Morris, and Minnesota's Derrick Williams.
Iverson has been out of the NBA since 2010--last with the Memphis Grizzlies. He spent part of last year playing in Turkey. Iverson has stated multiple times recently that he desperately wants to return to the NBA--I'm sure that's a big reason he's doing this.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
NBA players are trekking overseas--travelling to four different continents to play in the World All-Star Classic--as it's being called.
The tour starts Sunday in Puerto Rico. There have been a number of different players who were going to be involved but have decided to drop out.
The full list currently is: Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Chris Kaman, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler & Kevin Love.
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant & Dwayne Wade will not participate in Sunday's game in Puerto Rico, but will likely join them at their next stop.
All-Stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony & Chis Paul have decided no to take part in the tour and Kevin Durant is still 'wavering' on whether he'll play in any of it at all. LeBron, Melo & Paul have said that they want to take advantage of the lockout and spend more time with their families. Chris Paul, who is a member of the player's union's executive committee and he wants to be available for any labor meetings that take place with the owners.
From the beginning Derrick Rose & Russell Westbrook decided not to be involved. The reigning MVP Rose stated that, "The schedule was just too tough."
Another early candidate--Steve Nash won't be invovled in the tour either.
The tour's other stops include: London, Macau & Melbourne Austrailia. Portions of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to various charities on behalf of the players and the event.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your Timberwolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has had recent allegations against him--first reported by the Washington Post.
Beasley says in a lawsuit that his former agent gave him and his mother improper benefits during his one season of college basketball at Kansas State.
Beasley has filed a countersuit in a Maryland court, one month ago, in reponse to agent Joel Bell's wrongful termination lawsuit against him.
According to Michael, when he was just 14 and playing in AAU, Bell conspired with his AAU coach to forge a relationship with the budding star in hopes that when he made it to the big time--the NBA, Bell could cash in on the 'relationship'.
Beasley says Bell gave his mother living expenses and paid for her to move to Manhattan, Kansas when Michael was playing for Kansas State.
More details to come, thanks for reading and stay tuned as we've got a few new stories coming the next few days, such as the World Tour that Love is involved in, Allen Iverson's weekend tourney that Derrick Williams will participate in and more! Follow me on Twitter for the daily updates @donnycersado27. GO WOLVES!!
Michael Beasley isn't letting the lockout keep him down--and certainly not away from the game of basketball.
Friday night Beasley hosted a charity basketball game in a suburban Minneapolis high school--Osseo High.
Fellow Minnesota Timberwolves players: Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Wayne Ellington, Lazar Hayward & Anthony Tolliver. Golden State swingman: Dorell Wright was also in attendance. And Minnesota Vikings star runningback Adrian Peterson appeared as a celebrity coach.
There were 600-700 fans on hand to watch Michael Beasley's team win 179-170. Obviously and offensive showcase without much defense being played.
The net proceeds of the event went to a number of different charities including: St. Jude's Childrens Hospital & Peterson's All-Day Foundation.
Some of the big names that were originally slated to play in the event: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Washington's John Wall as well as Timberwolves' Kevin Love, Derrick Williams & Ricky Rubio.
"I feel like basketball is a getaway for a lot of people and they can't get away right now. I feel like it's our job to bring basketball back to Minnesota. I'm glad a lot of my friends came to help me do that," said Beasley of Friday's event.
With the lockout still in effect and the labor talks falling apart every other week. Timberwolves' rep Anthony Tolliver had this to say on the lockout--"I think that players are doing a really good job of getting in front of fans and continuing to show that we really just want to play basketball. Whether or not we have to put it together ourselves, play pickup games, do charity events or paid events, whatever it is, we just want to play basketball. I think that a lot of fans understand that and people respect that."
With no progess being made in the labor negotiations--this may not be the last event Beasley or Tolliver or Love etc. may organize. For now, basketball will live on in the high schools and universities while the Target Center remains vacant.
That's all for now, thanks for reading! You can find updates on WeeblyWolves all year round and follow me on Twitter @donnycersado27 for the up-to-the-minute TWolves news. Next we'll be looking at ESPNs #NBARank--now that it is all over, and see where our Wolves players ended up. GO WOLVES!
I've been away from this blog for quite some time now, but honestly, the NBA lockout is driving me absolutely nuts. It has stretched beyond 100 days now with no end in sight--and they've already cut the first two weeks of the season. At this point, I don't care who is to blame, whether it's the owners or the players--I just want a resolution already.
Here are a few things I'll be happy to see, once the lockout ends. Number One: NBA 2K12 will have the update out with the current rosters (yes, I'm incredibly upset I can't ball with D-Will, Kyrie, Jimmer & Enes). NBA 2K12 is a pretty good game though, I'd check it out if you haven't already.
Number Two: For the first time in a long time, I'm genuinely excited about the potential 2012 Minnesota Timberwolves. With new additions: Derrick Williams, Ricky Rubio, Malcolm Lee & Brad Miller. And perhaps the biggest offseason addition of them all: new Timberwolves head coach: Rick Adelman. We'll get back to him a bit later though.
Number Three: The NBA season--if there is one, will likely be shortened if there is any kind of season at all. I am actually a fan of cutting some games in the NBA season. I'm not saying we should play 20-some games a season, but I think it should definitely be cut somewhat. Make every game count. Like in the NFL--16 games a season and there is a very small margin of error in a season. For the NBA a season of 50 games or so, would make things more interesting. Make guys play harder, keep fans interested etc. etc. However, that'll never happen. For the successful franchises, who sell out 82 games a season.
Number Four: Position battles. There will be no shortages of these this season. Whether its Rubio & Ridnour at the point, Beasley & Williams at the small forward or Darko & Randolph at center, it should be entertaining to watch. Hopefully this season the Timberwolves will identify what doesn't work and make adjustments to solve it. For instance, last season, with Kurt Rambis as head coach the Wolves routinely trotted out the same five guys every tipoff--even though, it clearly wasn't working--Ridnour, Wes, Beasley, Love & Darko. At one point in the season, Corey Brewer earned the starting job from Wesley Johnson, but once traded, the struggling rookie was handed the starting job once again. With Rick Adelman, I guarantee he's going to what works and what doesn't.
Number Five: The Wolves finally have a head coach again, who knows what he's doing. It was a long two years under the oblivious Kurt Rambis. I'm guessing (with a full season Adelman could match the total wins Rambis had in two years with the Wolves--32). I can go on to say how Adelman was the right and perfect choice, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah, but I think we all know that. Finally, for the first 5 possessions of every game, the Timberwolves won't be "looking to get Darko going" while we watch him go to the one-post-move he's apparently learned after eight years in the NBA. The Wolves will actually run plays for Kevin Love. Can you imagine how much more dangerous he's going to be?! Adelman is going to put up with Michael Beasley being a ball hog and jacking up jumpers that clang 6-out-of-10 times! I don't see Ricky Rubio being the savior--to me, it's without a doubt: Rick Adelman.
That's all I've got for now, who knows when my next post will be, but you can follow me on Twitter for all the updates all year round--lockout or not. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
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