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!