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Timberwolves start over again

Well, the worst-kept secret in the NBA finally became reality August 23 when the Timberwolves pulled the switch and traded All-Star Kevin Love to Cleveland. As it turned out, the Timberwolves traded more than just Love. The deal involved three teams: Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Who got the best of the deal? As always, everybody is happy, and if you listen to them — Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia — all say they did well. Continue Reading →

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Glen Taylor: Love contract ‘was the wrong decision’

It’s more than a rumor: Timberwolves star Kevin Love, one of the top players in the NBA, will soon be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After six years with the Timberwolves, Love, one of the NBA’s top 10 players, demanded that he be traded before the beginning of next season. The Timberwolves have failed to qualify for the playoffs the last 11 years. Three years ago, the Timberwolves’ owner, Glen Taylor, decided not to give Love a max-contract; instead, the team signed him to a four-year extension. That decision ultimately created division between the team and its prized star, who started in the 2014 All-Star game. Continue Reading →

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Devoted Lynx fan honored — Might this suggest the team is finally acknowledging its Black fan base?

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

She’s seen it all — the team’s first-ever victory in 1999, the endless roster changes, the hiring of two Black female head coaches, a rookie-of-the-year winner and sixth woman winner, and a league-record four all-stars two seasons ago. She also took part in the area’s first championship season since 1991. Debbie Montgomery is no bandwagon Lynx fan . She has been with them through all the downs and the ups. It seems only fitting, then, that the Minnesota Lynx organization honor her, which they did during last Saturday’s 15th season opener at their downtown arena. Continue Reading →

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Does it really matter? — Athletes’ sexual orientation none of our business

 

 

Two weeks ago we learned that the WNBA’s top overall pick is gay. Last week we learned that a longtime NBA veteran center is gay. Neither news item bothered me at all. However, what does bother me is what convinced Britney Griner to tell a reporter that she’s out of the closet and why it matters. Ditto for what convinced Jason Collins to exclusively speak about his sexuality to Sports Illustrated. Continue Reading →

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Thank you Tubby for an excellent run! — Tubby Smith: a man of principle and integrity

 

 

First things first: we join and support the observations made by our longtime friend Sid Hartman in his columns last week that “Firing Smith would be a big mistake for Gophers.”

Once again, the University of Minnesota (1) showed no class; (2) showed no professionalism; and (3) lied, firing Coach Smith just three months after signing him to a three-year extension. They leaked it to the news media before telling Tubby. They tried to cover with “leaks happen” when it kept secret a year it’s extending the contract of its losing women’s basketball coach. They purposefully attempted to humiliate a great coach, a decent human being, and a recognized high-caliber coach with a national title to his credit. Instead, they humiliated themselves, showed their indecency, and exposed the pettiness of self-centered bureaucrats. Continue Reading →

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