Minnesota Timberwolves Season Review Part 1: What Went Wrong?

The 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves season was a struggle. But what went wrong?

In a word, everything, but that would be too easy.

Kevin Love’s 53 game double-double streak overshadowed what was a season full of over blown expectations and vast under achievement.

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VOTE NOW! The Sports Bank Anti-Bracket Ty Cobb Regional Finals

The Ty Cobb Regional featured some stiff competition among losers. Brett Favre, Kurt Rambis, Harvey Updyke, Charlie Sheen and David Kahn highlighted the regional’s biggest failures. Much like the NCAA Tournament, the first two rounds featured some epic upsets and some orgasmic finales that would have made Gus Johnson keel over into a giant puddle of awesome-sauce.

By Peter Christian

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Melo blockbuster lands Timberwolves young, athletic Anthony Randolph

The New York Knicks finally got their guy.

Late Tuesday night the Denver Post reported that the Knicks acquired superstar forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets in a blockbuster three-team trade.

The Knicks receive a package based around Anthony, but also includes veteran point guard Chauncey Billups.

For the Nuggets, their package is based around emerging point guard Raymond Felton, up-and-coming wing Wilson Chandler, and Italian wing and budding star Danilo Gallinari.

The third team involved in this deal is the Minnesota Timberwolves. [Read more…]

T’Wolves’ Rambis is Here to Stay

When Minnesota Timberwolves’ General Manager David Kahn announced the hiring of head coach Kurt Rambis on August 8, 2009 it was generally well received by fans of the Timberwolves.

As a player Rambis won four championships while playing with the Lakers (1982, 85, 87, and 88), and another two championships while he was an assistant coach with the team (2002 and 2009).

His credentials were there. But the problem was that Rambis had essentially never dealt with losing, and this team was far from being a playoff contender at the time of his hiring.

During his tenure as Wolves coach, the team has seen Michael Beasley and Kevin Love grow into star players in the NBA. But the losses continue to pile up. Making many Timberwolves faithful question weather Rambis is the answer as coach of this up-and-coming team. [Read more…]

Twins, Gophers, T’Wolves, Wild Head Coaches Doing Talk Show Together

Tubby Smith Minnesota

FOX Sports North launches “Unscripted,” a new series of specials designed to bring together leaders and figures in the Minnesota sports landscape, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011. The first mini-series “Unscripted: Coaches/Manager” features Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis, Minnesota Wild Head Coach Todd Richards and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tubby Smith.

Episode one of the three-part special premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9:00 p.m. followed by episode two on Jan. 6 at 9:00 p.m. and episode three on Jan. 8 at 9:00 p.m.

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5 Immediate Lineup Changes for the Timberwolves:

Last week I wrote 5 bold predictions for the 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves. After a pitiful 1-4 start, those bold predictions make less sense than trading for a diva wide receiver, then dumping him four weeks later.

Truth be told I honestly didn’t foresee such a bad start out of this team.

The trouble in paradise that ensued between head coach Kurt Rambis and star play Kevin Love following the opening night loss to a Tyreke Evens less Sacramento Kings team. To the 74 point combined back-to-back losses at the hands of the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. Bright spots have been few and far between.

The positives are that it’s only five games into the season, so there is plenty of time to right the ship. Or at least move this ship into a calmer part of the storm.

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The Backdoor Cut’s 2010 Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview

Minnesota Timberwolves season preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the 2010 season with plenty of optimism, unfounded or not.   [Read more…]