Today’s pod is a film review of three prospects likely to go in next week’s NBA Draft lottery: Davion Mitchell, James Bouknight and Moses Moody. Will DeBerg (University of St. Thomas) joins the show to go through what stood out on the film. We discuss:
Davion Mitchell’s dominance at the college level, what is likely to translate to the NBA game, and a reasonable conversation about his size not necessarily being a death knell
James Bouknight’s stunning film — for better or worse — and why he...
On today’s show, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins to discuss the Milwaukee Bucks being the NBA champion for the 2020-21 season. We also get into the news of the Timberwolves pursuing Danilo Gallinari. What that type of move signals for how Gersson Rosas might be pursuing this offseason. And finally we get into Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez being approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors as limited partners of the Minnesota Timberwolves ownership team. I ask Britt what impact he would like to...
On today’s pod, Will DeBerg (University of St. Thomas assistant coach) joins the show to do another film review of another trio of prospects — Scottie Barnes (Florida State), Franz Wagner (Michigan) and Keon Johnson (Tennessee). How we graded theses prospects and whether or not we see any of them having a case for cracking the top-5 of this draft class.
With Barnes, an elite defensive prospect, what is his best position offensively? And how might his lack of shooting hold down his...
On today’s pod, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins the show to discuss a terrific Game 4 of The NBA Finals and everything that has now transpired with series back tied at 2-2. In the second half of the show (30-ish minute mark), we discuss watching these Finals through a Timberwolves lens — asking ourselves how Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell might be able to duplicate similar things to Khris Middleton and Devin Booker if the Timberwolves were ever were to reach The NBA Finals. And then...
On today’s episode we check in on the six Timberwolves players who have been playing for their national teams this summer in advance of the Olympics. What I’ve been hearing for injury updates on Anthony Edwards, Naz Reid and Juancho Hernangomez, and then how Leandro Bolmaro, Josh Okogie and Ricky Rubio have been performing in slightly different roles for their national teams.
What position does Leandro Bolmaro play?
How has Bolmaro looked defensively and what is he most comfortable doing...
On today’s show, Will DeBerg (Assistant Men’s coach at the University of St. Thomas) joins to breakdown the film of Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga from the G-League’s G-League Ignite team. Green and Kuminga are like top-5 picks in this month’s NBA Draft. We discuss:
The environment Green and Kuminga played in this year in the G-League and the level of competition they went against compared to other prospects we have watched
The similarities between Green as a prospect to Zach LaVine when...
On today’s show, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins to compare notes on our reactions from Gersson Rosas’ mid-offseason press conference from earlier this week. Rosas’ commentary led Britt and I to dig into these topics amongst others:
How much of Rosas insistence about trade talks being underway is a smokescreen for not having draft picks?
Rosas basically saying we have enough young players already
Rosas saying the Wolves need for “veteran leadership” — and where Ricky Rubio might figure...
On today’s pod, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins to take stock of what has been one of the most bizarre, but also fun, NBA playoffs. We start to look ahead to the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns as the likely NBA Finals contenders, while also giving the Atlanta Hawks their due respect for an impressive run. As always, the conversation ranges all over the NBA, with many veers back to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics include:
Milwaukee triumph without the traditional star core
On today’s show, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins to discuss the Timberwolves offseason outlook now that we know they will not have their first round pick in July’s draft. That variable being removed hones the focus on the 12 players currently under contract for next season and makes ideas about how to adjust the roster more direct. We discuss:
The caliber of this Wolves team if they make no meaningful additions to the roster prior to next season
What archetype of added big might bring...
On today’s show, Jake Paynting of CanisHoopus joins to discuss his film review of Leandro Bolmaro — the Timberwolves’ 23rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, who seems poised to join the team after playing for FC Barcelona last season. We discuss:
Bolmaro’s sure-fire NBA-ready skill: On-ball defense
What Bolmaro’s game looks like offensively
The swing skills that will determine Bolmaro’s ultimate ceiling
Bolmaro’s one clear weakness entering the NBA
How Bolmaro might into the construct...
On today’s pod, we (finally) talk potential Ben Simmons to Minnesota trades. While any trade being consummated is inherently unlikely, we get into why the Simmons idea no longer feels like completely reckless speculation.
How Gersson Rosas has talked about making moves for star players since he took over the front office — and why Simmons might check those boxes, and why he might not
Rosas’ history of trading for players whose values have recently dipped — both D’Angelo Russell and Malik...
On today’s show, we begin our series NBA Draft prospect film reviews for the pod. Will DeBerg of the University of St. Thomas is again joining me in this venture, as he did last summer. And to start off the series, and on the day of the NBA Draft lottery, Will and I take a look at the top three prospects in 2021 Draft class, Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs. For each of the three prospects, we run through what stood out from their games on each side of the ball in their college...
On today’s show, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report joins to highlight the many Timberwolves-related anecdotes from his new book “Built To Lose: How The NBA’s Tanking Era Changed The League Forever”. The ties from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Houston Rockets and even to the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins and selection of Karl-Anthony Towns are abundant.
Sachin Gupta’s role in The Process with Sam Hinkie
The impact the lottery odds flattening might have had on the Timberwolves not tanking this...
Britt Robson of The Athletic joins the pod for a second time this week, where on this episode we discuss the recent Minnesota Timberwolves news and notes since the season ended one month ago. Topics discussed include:
Iowa Wolves coach Sam Newman-Beck ousted as Chris Finch and Gersson Rosas begin to build out a new coaching staff from top to bottom, moving on from the majority of the remaining members of Ryan Saunders’ staff (first 15 minutes)
A timeline of what is proving to be a messy...
On today’s show, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins the show to discuss a wide open NBA playoff field, with three series tied at 2-2 and the Phoenix Suns ascending to the conference finals. We discuss:
Chris Paul’s dominance and the Suns exploding into championship contention
The Nets title odds through a bundle of injuries + what is left to be desired from Giannis and the Bucks. Adjustments for the remainder of the series
Assessing the Sixers as title contenders, Joel Embiid’s health and...
Brendan Hedtke of CanisHoopus joins the pod today to discuss the potential paths for the Timberwolves to take this summer to become a respectable defense next season. What can Gersson Rosas add to this roster and what can Chris Finch adjust to make the Wolves’ defense good enough to make the playoffs? We discuss:
The Wolves history of being a below-average defensive team, specifically over the six seasons Karl-Anthony Towns has been on the roster
Where do the Wolves need to rank defensively...
Britt Robson of The Athletic again joins the show. This time to discuss the now set, eight-team field for the second round of the playoffs. We spend about twenty minutes on all four of the second round series, in this order: Bucks-Nets, Nuggets-Suns, Clippers-Jazz, Sixers-Hawks. Topics discussed include:
Our announcement of a live show on NBA Draft Lottery Night, June 22nd, at Forgotten Star Brewery in Fridley, Minnesota. Britt and I will be at Forgotten Star to see how the lottery balls...
On today’s pod, Jack Borman of CanisHoopus joins the pod to chat about our Timberwolves-related thoughts that have been triggered while watching these playoffs. We’re calling it “watching the playoffs through a Timberwolves lens”. And, in that, we discuss:
• The idea of this playoff role player-type of John Collins being on the Wolves next season
• Buy low guys that could be acquired via trade this summer by the Wolves who are playing in these playoffs. Guys like Daniel Gafford of the...
On today’s pod, Glen Willis of PeachTree Hoops joins the pod for a Hawks-Knicks deep dive, a look into what has played out in the Grizzlies-Jazz series and the Sixers Title chances. We discuss:
Are Thibs and the Knicks done?
Trae Young’s explosion and Julius Randle’s deflation in their first playoff experiences
John Collins future in Atlanta? What would Collins cost for the Timberwolves to acquire and what would his impact be on the Wolves’ roster?
How these playoffs have suggested a...
Britt Robson of The Athletic joins the pod on Wednesday afternoon to review the five playoff series that have completed Game 2 thus far. We discuss:
- Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks new-found talent advantage shining through over the Miami Heat. Plus: Jimmy Butler’s underwhelming first two games of the series
- The Los Angeles Lakers obsession with their size advantage over the Phoenix Suns and why Anthony Davis at center might be able to end the Suns’ fire. Plus: Phoenix sadly playing...
On today's show, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins Dane for one final conversation about the 2020-21 Minnesota Timberwolves. A reflection on Anthony Edwards' first season in Minnesota, the status of the KAT and DLo pairing, where Gersson Rosas may take this team this summer, and much more.
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On today’s show, we recap Gersson Rosas end of season press conference and media exit interviews with the players on the roster. We hit on the array of topics covered by Rosas on the state of the roster going forward and parse through the player’s refections on their seasons individually and as a group.
- Rosas and Chris Finch on the plan at power forward going forward. What needs to be addressed at that position and Rosas’ means to address those needs in the offseason
- D’Angelo Russell on...
We made it through 72 games of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball this season, somehow. It was wild. It was weird. And it was certainly only the beginning... of something. After a win in Game 72 over the Dallas Mavericks, on today’s show, we reflect on the season that was, acknowledge that Anthony Edwards is something to believe in, and turn our gaze onto Gersson Rosas and the front office for their biggest offseason yet.
- A thank you from me to you for making this season, the pod and my job...
In the Timberwolves second-to-last game of the season, they seemed to run out of whatever good vibes they were running on. Saturday’s loss to the Celtics signaled much of the good JuJu that had been fueling team has either expired or been put on ice until next year — but it also opened up a chance to greatly improve their lottery odds in the final game of the season against Dallas. On today’s pod we discuss:
- How the Timberwolves lottery odds will be impacted by Sunday’s results
As the Minnesota Timberwolves began to play out the string with a Thursday night loss to the Denver Nuggets, we look forward to what Chris Finch might be able to bring out of Karl-Anthony Towns next season. How Finch’s experience with Nikola Jokic in Denver and Anthony Davis in New Orleans might apply to KAT potentially reaching a new level. Amongst other things, we discuss:
- Finch speaks on his time in Denver with Jokic — watching Jokic’s breakout season first hand
- What parts of Jokic’s...