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Life less ordinary In 1997, I was quite stoked for the release of the film "A Life Less Ordinary."  So much so that I attended the first matinee showing of it's opening weekend.  The cast was chock full of actors I like.  Ewan McGregor.  Cameron Diaz.  Delroy Lindo.  Holly Hunter.  Stanley Tucci.  Tony Shaloub.  Ian Holm.   The trailer promised enough offbeat sensibility to cancel out the "romantic comedy" aspect (not my favorite genre).  But mostly, I was excited by the film's director, Danny Boyle.  I loved his feature debut "Shallow Grave" and he was fresh off "Trainspotting," which ranks among my all-time faves.  Of all the elements seemingly going for "A.L.L.O.," it was Boyle, seemingly the perfect visionary to craft what appeared to be a very unusual (and thus by definition, risky) project. 

As it turned out, the movie was a total mess, a critical and box office flop.  The script's all over the place enough to cause whiplash, quirky and whimsical for the sake of being so (as opposed to serving the story).  It actively mocks rom-com convention but still wants McGregor and Diaz to develop palpable chemistry, which is basically impossible and simply resulted in lousy performances (ditto the majority of their co-stars).  On just about every level, it doesn't work at all. 

But here's the striking part. The screen may have been littered by utter failure, but I couldn't take my eyes off it. 

Despite (or perhaps because of) the film's chaotic shifts from bad to annoying to "I have no clue what the ^%#* is happening," I was never bored.  And the movie did have one saving grace: An exceptional visual flair, which made some painful scenes watchable (although a mute button would have been nice).  As disappointed as I was by the film, I walked away from it even more convinced that Boyle was a major director in the making.  Dude was so geeked to swing for the fences that he forgot to actually pick up a bat first, but his vision and creativity was undeniable.  Boyle's grasp exceeded his reach and he fell quite short of crafting a masterpiece, but his willingness to take strong chances made me confident about his future.  That faith was later confirmed- after another hiccup, his adaptation of "The Beach"- with terrific work like "28 Days Later" and 2008's best picture, "Slumdog Millionaire."

Which brings us to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who've spent the offseason crafting what may be the David Stern, Ricky Rubio, draft roundball equivalent of "A Life less Ordinary."  New Prez David Kahn wasted no time making his presence known, embarking on a delirious series of hirings, firings, draft madness, trades and buyouts.   He drafted Ricky Rubio (despite Pistola Pedro's obvious reticence to join up) and Jonny Flynn (despite concerns the Syracuse point is a shrimp).  He emerged a surprise winner in the Ramon Sessions "semi-sweepstakes" and a surprise benefactor for Ryan Hollins.  He traded guys who mattered (Randy Foye Mike Miller, Craig Smith), sort of mattered (Bassy Telfair), and mattered mostly to Laker fans (Mad Dog).  He traded dudes he traded for (Darius Songaila, Etan Thomas), waived dudes he traded for (Chucky Atkins), and left the door open to waive/trade other dudes he traded for (Mark Blount and Antonio Daniels, respectively).  He even participated in Quentin Richardson's groundbreaking world tour.  Throw in brand new coach Kurt Rambis and the moves were enough to make George Constanza go batty.  Lotta action to keep up with.

Dust now settled, where does this tornado of activity leave the Wolves?  Well, like their movie doppelganger, probably often tough to watch.  Complete seasons from a healthy Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer should bump last season's win total (24), but the core is collectively soaking wet behind the ears.  Hard play should be expected and elite teams treating Minny as a cakewalk run the risk of five fingers to the face... SLAP! But all things being equal, there's a decided ceiling for victories in Minneapolis.  But today's loss could be tomorrow's triumph.  Kahn managed to shed every long term Timberwolf contract beyond his "keepers," and rolled the dice on a crew that could gel nicely in the reasonably near future. 

Flynn absolutely carved up the SPL, his play and charisma making him quite the talk of Vegas.  If Wayne Al Jefferson shoots Ellington's UNC scoring/shooting process translates at the next level, he'll end up grand larceny at the 28th pick.  Brewer could morph into a poor man's Trevor ArizaRyan Gomes is a very underrated role player.  I'm not as geeked on Sessions as others, in part because guys that rack stats on lousy teams always raise my internal red flag and- to be perfectly honest- I haven't seen him play a ton.  (Believe it or not, I didn't order League Pass primarily to keep up with the Bucks).  But I'm also in the minority and Sessions' age, reasonable price tag and potential made Kahn's flier well worth taking.  Besides, what do I know?  I wrote off Kevin Love as a slow, non-athlete tweener whose chest passing wizardry wouldn't be enough to cut it as a pro.  Love can definitely ball, and he's teamed up with Big Al Jefferson, an all-star caliber monster down low and on the glass.  Save Gomes, not a one of these cats is even 25.  With or without Rubio, it's a crew that could give the league fits in 2012.  Particularly under Rambis, way more seasoned than your average first time* head coach and armed with the rare luxury of time to marinate.

Of course, those glory years remain on the horizon.  For now, lumps will be endured and 2012 or so before these guys really need to be feared.  But in the meantime, consider this period the "ALLO-Beach" stage.  Beat 'em now before they start getting all "Slumdog" on your ass.

Prediction: 33-49.  5th in the Northwest Division.  13th in the Western Conference. 


AK

* - First time as a head coach not just keeping a seat warm

Photo: Ricky Rubio and David Stern shake hands at the draft
Photo: Al Jefferson shooting.  Credit: Elsa/Getty Images North America

 
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Good advice AK. I definitely don't want anyone getting Slumdog on my ass.

This team has the talent to be the type of sleeper that Atlanta was a couple of years ago, the only thing holding them back from a potential playoff appearance is the fact that the Western Conference is so dang tough.


Andre Miller would've been a better fit on this team than on Portland, I wonder if the Blazers are flailing about mid-season if they'll look to move him and if he winds up in Minnesota, i think it could get interesting.


In my mind an experienced guard would do wonders for this team, especially for Love and Big Al, and Miller is adept at getting bigs involved. Samuel Dalembert should give Miller 25% of his ginormous contract in recognition of this. Not that Big Al needs too much help, but asking him to do less will free him up to do more.


In a couple of years, barring cataclysmic injury, this team will scare me more than when it was KG and a bunch of stiffs. They will have two viable low post options (like the Lakers) a couple dynamic playmakers and a young prospect they control the rights to which if he dazzles in Europe they can either bring over for their team or trade for someone proven in the NBA for an expiring contract, top shelf-type of player.


Kurt looks smarter and smarter.

stillhavethoseballoons?


Yes, I still have those balloons. I used them to make a balloon Kobe Bryant whom I played one on one with in my drive way.


He still smoked me, so I popped him.


Seriously, I don't hate the folks of the New England area, just the teams. Just the teams. From my point of view, they are overly hyped, get the benefit of close calls and generally their fans display bad behavior when attending games in the opponents stadium. It can best be described las sitting next to a Motley Crue fan at a Mozart concert and he was constantly drunkenly shouting "Dr. Feel Good!" at the conductor, you know?


If you'd like, chalk it up to a case of "Your Team has more World Series Banners than my team" envy, but it's no skin off my (runny) nose if you think I hate you or not.


'Cause I don't. Just your team(s).

AK,

This was a great write-up. Well done.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jamie Sweet,

" It can best be described las sitting next to a Motley Crue fan at a Mozart concert and he was constantly drunkenly shouting "Dr. Feel Good!" at the conductor, you know?"

I laughed. Well said.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

To touch on the last thread - Farmar's lack of extension

Even if JF played off the hook last year, an extension would have been highly unlikely. The NBA along with the US economy are on a deflationary path. With surging unemployment, more and more families will decide on one less t-shirt, one less soft drink, and one less game ticket. The result is the continued contraction of NBA revenue, that may see a minor leveling on a global scale in the short term, by the time July rolls around.

When revenues tighten, luxury and salary cap thresholds contract. This means teams not wanting to be the next Chicago Cubs (bankrupt) will continue to shun excessive salaries to a degree even greater than we saw this past summer.

Teams will obviously splurge for positive EV (expected value) plays - such as LeBron or Dwade. A Jordan Farmar would not fit that role.

In my opinion, you'll see BAE type money as the new MLE. It's already begun to happen (What would Luke be worth today? What about Shannon Brown? How much could Artest sincerely gotten on the open market? - less than 2 years ago).

You take this league wide dynamic, where salaries are shrinking and will continue to shrink on reduced damand, and the business decision of extension for Laker bosses become clear.

Why give a guy an extension when he's not proven? I think the Laker brass has learned a thing or two from B Cookie here - no extension means extra motivation to perform in a contract year, while an extension tends to equal less motivation and a decline in production.

The flip side is that even if JF or AMMO have blowout years (and I'd say more likely they will), the market for marginal talent is going to be so soft that the Lakers will be better off renegotiating in an off season where most the teams are once again cutting salaries and payroll than extending circa 2006 contracts (ie, height of economic bubble).

This is the biggest no-brainer in sports right now, and if you don't see it now, you'll see it in 8 months as a replay of off season 2009 part duex.


AK,


Definitely with you on Danny Boyle. I loved Transpotting and Slumdog and just rented 28 days and its sequel last week. Best zombie movies ever made in my opinion. I love Kevin Love and coveted him for the Lakers. Same with Rubio. Maybe Kurt can do us a favor or two down the road ala McHale. LOL.


Tom

Jamie Sweet,

re: "...the only thing holding them back from a potential playoff appearance is the fact that the Western Conference is so dang tough."

And the fact that David Kahn is their GM.

Tim-4-Show,

I just wanted to comment on your evaluation of Farmar's lack of extension.

I agree with you; however, I've found a curious societal disconnect and I'm wondering how it is going to effect negotiations at the end of the season.

As you may know, I am presently woefully underemployed as a bouncer/bartender in a rough-and-tumble ethnically mixed inner city bar in Akron, Ohio. Our customer base are not brain surgeons, but working and welfare class individuals with a sense of street identity.

Anyhow, the music selection is primarily rap and R&B based and, as a music connoisseur, I cringe through the material, but I pay close attention to the lyrics.

Right now, the economy in Northeast Ohio is ROUGH. I mean, people have it hard here. They're living close to the bone and there is little reason for economic optimism; however, the music that is most popular extols the playboy lifestyle, rich partying, materialism, and conspicuous consumption. I don't quite get it. I don't understand how it is salient to people's lives.

What I'm getting to is that it seems that A LARGE portion of the country have not been able to psychologically let go of the arc of this country before the recent financial crash. I think many people (particularly those who still have jobs and are not underemployed) just think that the party is still going on indefinitely.

This may be the case with many NBA players/millionaires. I think many will be loathe to accept that the party is over and future salaries will and should not reflect past salaries. I see this as potentially creating a lot of difficult negotiations next summer. You can see this issue even in the Ariza and Odom negotiations. Players and agents want to play hardball like it's 2006, when that just doesn't work in today's environment.

I'm guessing that we're going to see unemployment increase for the next four months. I'm hoping that by that time we, as a society, will shake off this immature expectation that we can party like it's 1999 forever, and instead return to a more reasoned, mature perspective about life and finances.

However, some part of me tells me that my hopes are overly optimistic. Over the last 16 years blind materialism has become so rooted in our society that it'll be exceedingly difficult to remove the tap root of that weed from America's spiritual garden.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Stephen A. Smith is on MSNBC right now.

What a fricken shallow self-righteous monotone shouting cynical materialistic idiot.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Yo, have you heard about this -Lamar smoking a joint- thing? The photo is kinda grainy, but I don't know.

Anyways, am I the only one on here who has seen the ATL Hawks training camp on nbatv? If so, I am probably the only one on here who knows how stupid Mike Woodsen and his staff are. WOW I feel dumber after listening to them. And if you want to see the most awkward group of so called "professionals" that could possibly be out there then tune in for the next airing.

And tell me if any of those coaches are on the same page.

AK,

I put the movie on to my Netflix so I will suffer this weekend...

"Kurt Rambis and the moves were enough to make George Constanza go batty."

This is my signature on my e-mails following my name:

The final words of Captain Ahab to Moby Dick:

"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! THUS, I give up the spear!"


The Final words of Khan to James T. Kirk, from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan":

""Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."

My final words will be:
"You mother(frick)er, I'm gonna chuck this spear thru that dumbass heart of thee! Did I just spit on thee, oh, sorry."
_____________________________________________________
The wolves won't go anywhere serious, deep into the playoffs and they'll blame it on Rambis, Mchale will collar him into his office one day....
Andre Miller, I believe is more suited for a methodical grind it out team, say the Pistons of a few years ago, not a run and gun team (except for Oldman, I mean Oden)...I agree, not a good fit.

Worst movie I ever saw..."Joe vs the Volcano" (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan...hmm did ok with ""Sleepless in Seattle" and sequel....it was so bad, I asked for my money back at the theater. Got it.


Jon,

I think your take is spot on (although I think your 4 month horizon might be a bit optimistic).

The NBA millionaires aren't the same people sitting in the stands. The party DOES continue for them.

It's the only way I can explain the complete disconnect that the Odom camp had in negotiations (and I'll agree with you that we saw it with Ariza as well).

The guys who DO have a pulse on what's happening are the executives - the owners, GMs, commissioners - basically the guys writing the checks.

If you're right (and I bet you are), you'll see protracted negotiations this summer even worse than this summer (although maybe by then, reality finally sets in???)

Denial is one of the greatest defense mechanisms

Wondahbap,

"And the fact that David Kahn is their GM."

So you can honestly say you would've made better moves? I'll take the next TJ Ford/Chris Paul (Flynn) over Jason Terry (Curry), or Josh Howard (Derozan) any day. As for taking two PGs, why not, the position has become undeniably the new most important position in the NBA, unless you have a Mamba, and as we all know there aren't too many of those. As for the Sessions signing, why the hell not? A 23 year old PG with his type of ability for less than $16M for 4 years with the fourth year being an option, that sounds like a steal to me, like I said, PG is the new most important position in the NBA, Center being the old most important position to success. As for the Rubio selection, are you really going to say that was a bad move, the kid has Jason Kidd written all over him, especially with his court prowess and unfortunately, a lack of a consistent jumper, you're saying you would rather take Jason Terry or Josh Howard clone over getting him in two years? I wish the Lakers had you as a GM, you probably would've traded the Mamba over Shaq. As for all the trades Kahn made, was there anybody that really would've been key to the Wolves future success, and don't say Randy Foye or Mike Miller, as a Minnesotan I can tell you flat out that they're borderline starters, absolutely nothing worth keeping around, to tell you the truth, Foye will not be good for the Wiz, he's already 26, and he consistently runs the clock down with his over dribbling, definitely not a team player, just a guy looking to pad stats, and believe me, I would know, I had the unfortunate time of having to watch most of their losses, and Foye's 40% FG percentage was a major problem. As for Miller, his contract is ending after this season, and he was just plain horrible this last year, I can't tell you how many times he passed up open jumpers, also, have you seen his shooting percentage this preseason, it's attrocious, btw, he's also 29 years old, and he probably wouldn't be much use when the Wolves actually start to actually compete for a championship, do you really think he would've resigned with the Wolves after his 9 PPG last year? Next time, just think before you make yourself look ignorant, educate yourself.

"He traded guys who mattered Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Craig Smith"

Wow, you obviously didn't get to watch too many Wolves games, and I don't blame you for that, but those guys were more detrimental to the team then helpful. So guys who shoot 40% from the field and are 26 years old, guys who can't even score in double digits, and 6'6" PFs that can't defend worth a lick, matter, huh? I'll take Jonny Flynn, Wayne Ellington, and Ryan Hollins over those losers any day, at least they still have potential.

Alex Callahan,

Miller, Foye and Smith "mattered" in the sense that they were central parts of the rotation. Thus, trading them changes the complexion of the team, whether for good or bad. And by the way, "mattering" isn't automatically the same thing as being good. You can matter and be bad, if that's your opinion of those three. If they were on the floor a lot, they mattered.

AK

humanomaly,

For some reason I needed for Moby Dick (and inspired) quotes today.

Thank you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Tim-4-Show,

"Denial is one of the greatest defense mechanisms"

Maybe Phil can integrate denial into our defensive strategy then.

Everytime Andrew Bynum blocks a shot he can scream out, "DENIAL!"

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mr. Callahan

Demar Derozan = Josh Howard? Maybe only in potential weed consumption, but in basketball potentional? Derozan will be a superstar. The internet is time-stamped and we can revisit this in time. But for the time being, I'm right.

Tim-4-Show,

"Denial is one of the greatest defense mechanisms"

Let me give you a little snapshot of denial in America's heartland of God and Country...

At my work I frequently have to deny pregnant single mothers on welfare's requests for alcohol while T-Pain raps in the background about Oakley shades, Patron, his Lambrogini, and his hot tub as the crowd enthusiastically mimes the lyrics together.

It's surreal.

You know what is the response without fail when I refuse to serve a pregnant woman alcohol? A tirade of vitriolic obsenitities usually followed by the woman going out to the patio to smoke cigarettes.

The materialism of our society has just so completely deluded many to the reality of their personal responsibilities. I see it everyday at work and it scares the living hell out of me.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

LA Angels of Anaheim :

Don`t stop now...it`s 2002 all over again!

Starting Friday, it`ll be your golden opportunity to destroy that disgusting "East Coast Bias" once and for all!

Make SoCal proud.
Nick Adenhart is watching over you.

Now, do the right thing!!!

Jon K,

Thanks for the nice words. Appreciate it.

Laker Tom,

Boyle is a great director. If you haven't seen Shallow Grave, I also recommend it. And yeah, I remember you telling me Love would make a good pro and I didn't buy it. Clearly, he's winning the argument. Love is MUCH better than I thought he'd be. There are areas for improvement, but thus far, I've been very impressed.

AK

Edwin- Yeah, i have a bad habit of thinking things are funny sometimes. And since i'm afraid of hurting somebodys feelings, as this internet sort of format doesn't lend itself to irony, I go out of my way to apologize to the parties concerned. Of course, I try to make most of my humor at my own expense. I know that I have my own human failings, at which I can either laugh or get upset. Guess which one I do. Others, of course, can resent being picked on.

I suspect that people who are the objects of ridicule either resent it because they perceive...

oh, what the heck. Get over yourself. You're a big boy, you have no problem putting other people down, you are well respected on this blog by most, myself included. I'm not calling you out, i'm trying to make you laugh. If that makes you decide i'm an #$#@!#$, I guess i can live with that.

AK,


I definitely will check out Shallow Graves. Thanks.


Tom

Jon & Tim - Interesting posts. One thing I'd add about the socio-economics of negoiating is that NBA players that reach a certain level are often (not always) gamblers, either figurative or literal... and there's nothing that an agent likes better than free rein to push the envelope. In David Lee's case, it came straight back in the form of a k.o.. I'm pretty sure that Trevor's still reeling.

Don't forget...we have tons of cap space after this season ends. Hey LA...do you have any decent free agents that may want to jump to a solid young team with a familiar system/coach?

Go Wolves!

One of my favorite movies ever is Millions by Danny Boyle...have you seen it? It may be the best movie you've never seen. Sunshine was pretty creepy but fun.

Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky,

I watched a ton of Wolves games last year. Miller was horrible. His bad ankles didn't help things. He was really bad. Randy Foye was weak on defense and didn't flow in the offense. He can shoot...but that doesn't make him a relevent basketball player. He doesn't have much of a well rounded game. Forget about driving the lane. Craig Smith, I like Craig. He will give you the effort. He rebounded...although he isn't tall. He took the ball to the hoop...even though his height was a big disadvantage down low. He ran...even when I didn't expect him to.

Relevancy would be a player you might want on a winning team. Craig Smith is the only one of the three I'd consider relevant. Kahn seems to have clairity of vision in turning this Wolves team around. Time will tell.

Go Wolves!

Rob Mc- Mn,

Like I mentioned to another reader raising a similar point, Miller, Foye and Smith were big parts of the rotation last season. Their absence creates a considerably different complexion for the team next season. If you want to argue that difference is for the better, I can understand why. Foye has never quite been what Minny hoped for and Miller had the worst season of his career, in my opinion. But nonetheless, they "mattered," in terms of defining what the Wolves were last season. Not because they're irreplaceable, but because they played a central role.

AK

"If they were on the floor a lot, they mattered."

So you're saying being on the floor a lot for a 24 win season matters? When you have that kind of record with guys who don't have any potential left, changes have to be made, you almost sound like Kevin McFail with that comment, like well, they played their role, so let's keep them and continue a losing pattern because these guys aren't getting any better. And like Kahn said after the Rubio trade, they only had one week left to trade Miller before his contract wouldn't allow it and Foye was to be owed $6M next year, I'll take Rubio in two years over having two players that would've meant nothing to the Wolves future.

Pastor Eman Laerton

"Demar Derozan = Josh Howard? Maybe only in potential weed consumption, but in basketball potentional? Derozan will be a superstar. The internet is time-stamped and we can revisit this in time. But for the time being, I'm right."

I thought servants of god were supposed to humble? Enough kidding around, what would ever make you think Derozan will be a superstar? At least Howard has a consistent 3 point shot and somewhat of a handle, can you say the same about Derozan? His athleticism is near elite status, but that's where his basketball skills end, he's an athlete, nothing more, and sorry to say, there's plenty of those in the NBA. He may be a superstar in Compton, but never in the NBA, just a quality starter.

Alex Callahan,

"If they were on the floor a lot, they mattered."

So you're saying being on the floor a lot for a 24 win season matters? When you have that kind of record with guys who don't have any potential left, changes have to be made, you almost sound like Kevin McFail with that comment, like well, they played their role, so let's keep them and continue a losing pattern because these guys aren't getting any better. And like Kahn said after the Rubio trade, they only had one week left to trade Miller before his contract wouldn't allow it and Foye was to be owed $6M next year, I'll take Rubio in two years over having two players that would've meant nothing to the Wolves future."


For starters, you're cherrypicking one sentence of my response and removing the context. Here's what I actually said in its entirety...

"Miller, Foye and Smith "mattered" in the sense that they were central parts of the rotation. Thus, trading them changes the complexion of the team, whether for good or bad. And by the way, "mattering" isn't automatically the same thing as being good. You can matter and be bad, if that's your opinion of those three. If they were on the floor a lot, they mattered."


Quite different tone when you present the whole of my argument. Beyond that, where did I criticize trading those three or any of the moves Kahn made? I actually endorsed the way he stripped the core clean of any unwanted long term contracts and set up himself up nicely for the future. I never said the Wolves would have been better off sticking with wasn't working (your "McFail" remark). For that matter, I never even criticized the Rubio pick. All I said was that Kahn gave the team a pretty radical facelift, which is hard to deny.


I have to ask: Did you even read any part of what I wrote?

AK

Wow, that was actually a good writeup - a virtual rarity for Wolves coverage. Kudos from a diehard Wolves fan!

Alex Callahan,

If you actually stopped to think before blowing all of your hot air, you would have noticed I didn't say what I "would have" done or what Kahn "should have" done. But I can tell you this, bungling the Rubio pick was not one of them. It was a waste. never mind that you guys do not have any guard worth a nickel over 6'3". So? They signed Ramon Sessions. That makes the Rubio waste even dumber.

Ignorance is your wild assumptions as to what I was thinking.

I don't want to get into the nit pickin thing. Sorry if I seemed to. As someone pointed out already, I too like the attention paid to the Wolves. Lot's of change...lot's of hope for something better. They are young and may start the season slow but I think barring another wave of injuries...we should end the season stronger. Lot's of cap space next summer. Lot's of draft choices. One key free agent would make a huge difference for our young team. Kahn...he surprised me with all the moves. Rubio...well, more cap space in the short run for a big free agent. Lot's of possibilities in the long run. Rambis needs some good boots, gloves, and a snowmobile suit! It seems to me...he will do fine! Where is Warren Zevon when you need him!! Yeah


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