over. It brings out the grumpy old man in me. Because when it is all
said and done, I miss the athletic beauty, and the consistency of
effort and execution. I miss, with an ache and a surly passion that
will now hopefully go back under wraps, the opportunity to watch Kevin
Garnett display his multifaceted virtues on a near daily basis,
including live and up close at least 40 times per year.
Antoine Walker’s physique barely even resembles that of a basketball
player anymore. It was clear last night that he is even more
horrendously out of shape that Pat Riley billed him to be, as he has
picked up significant weight over the years and spent his 14 minutes on
the court having immense trouble getting up and down the floor.
the Wolves on Friday night, as they pushed the NBA-leading Boston
Celtics to the edge, only to watch Leon Powe’s layup at the buzzer hand
Minnesota a crushing loss, 88-86.
got his fingers on passes and loose balls, hit some jumpers in the
first half and pestered Celtics all-star Paul Pierce on defense.
"It was probably one of the most complete games I
had all season," Brewer said after Saturday’s practice. "Both ends of
the floor, I played pretty well. In the second half I really didn’t
make shots. I feel like defensively I was helping the team. If I can be
active like that and get a lot of deflections, I can help the team."
overrated. Ask anybody I guard if it’s overrated or not. They don’t get
anything easy. I’m going to add weight, get stronger. That could help
you, but if you want to be a great defensive player, it’s all about
learning the game, knowing what guys like to do and playing as hard as
Marion swap, let’s pose this: Was the Phoenix Suns’ decision to accept
the big guy’s aging legs and $20 million salary inspired not really by
the Lakers’ acquisition of Pau Gasol a few days earlier but by
Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson’s low-post presence?