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“The Minnesota Timberwolves seem to have struck youthful gold with Andre Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall picks in the last two NBA drafts, but their portrayal as one of the younger teams in the league is misleading. The Timberwolves have the ninth-oldest roster in the NBA, according to RealGM.com, at 27.6 years.
“Minnesota has top-shelf young talent but perhaps a little more work to fill spots around it. ‘They have a good, young core, there's no question about it," Van Gundy said Thursday. "It's interesting, if you look at their starting lineup, and ours, we're considerably younger than they are. And if you look at their bench, we're younger than they are, the five guys that they play, with LaVine, Kevin Martin, (Shabazz) Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and (Nemanja) Bjelica, we're younger than them off the bench with the five guys we play, too.
“’So it's interesting, when people talk about teams, it's always interesting to me, they talk about these young teams, and we don't often come up, and they do. We're younger than they are. All you've got to do is look at it. And it's not just Garnett. Take him out and we're still younger than they are.’”
“Before the season, Kevin Garnett said his role with the Timberwolves was "definitely not a coach on the floor." But there he was on the practice court Monday doing something that looked suspiciously like coaching. It started with a one-on-one tutorial with forward Nemanja Bjelica, on guarding the pick-and-roll -- something the rookie is still honing after mostly switching off in Europe. Bjelica said he's ready to learn and excited to have Garnett for a teacher. It's ‘not just me,’ Bjelica said. ‘He helps everybody.’
“By the end of the session, a crowd of coaches, trainers and young players was rapt as Garnett offered a profanity-laden master class that ranged from defensive technique to communicating on the floor to strategic use of trash talk. ‘He do that all the time, man,’ said Zach LaVine. ‘That was more intense right there, but it's always good.’
“There are possible explanations why the Wolves are 5-2 on the road and have won games at playoff contenders Chicago, Atlanta and Miami but have yet to win a game at Target Center. Even two teams with a combined 3-20 record — New Orleans and the Los Angeles Lakers — each have won a game at home while the Wolves wait on theirs. No matter the circumstances, such disparity is mystifying, particularly if you believe young teams are not supposed to win on the road.
“’I don’t know, man, maybe we need to move Minnesota to a road game or start wearing those blue jerseys or something,’ Wolves guard Zach LaVine said, referring to the team’s away uniforms. ‘We play good on the road. We just need to move it to the home games as well.’”
Remember this fucktard? He’s in town tonight. Please boo appropriately:
In case you missed it, here's a quick recap of last night's thriller in LA:
It really feels like tonight is the night. It's winning time, Wolfpack!