Friday, February 24, 2017

Draymond Green Roasts Paul Pierce

Last night at the very beginning of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors game, Draymond Green roasted Paul Pierce in the most hilarious way possible, telling Pierce he was "Chasing that farewell tour" and "You thought you was Kobe."

The Vikings Will Release Adrian Peterson

After a very disappointing second-half collapse, the Minnesota Vikings have an important off-season ahead of them. The team is without a first round pick thanks to the Sam Bradford trade, they have one of the worst offensive line situations in the league, and of course Adrian Peterson has a massive salary due for next season. The team (and Adrian) will need to decide in the near future if they plan to keep him around on a restructured contract or simply cut ties with him.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wolves Stand Pat at Deadline, Keep Rubio

After days of Ricky Rubio trade rumors, the NBA trade deadline has come and gone with the Minnesota Timberwolves not making a single trade.

The team had been rumored to be shopping Ricky Rubio heavily over the last week, and it seemed like he would be traded somewhere. Thankfully, for whatever reason the Wolves chose to hold onto the Spaniard for at least the remainder of the season.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Derrick Rose Makes No Sense for the Timberwolves

Reports emerged on Monday evening that the Minnesota Timberwolves had been in contact with the New York Knicks about acquiring point guard Derrick Rose.

Rose is a former league MVP and #1 overall pick, so any time his name is mentioned it's note-worthy. Unfortunately, Rose hasn't been a good player since the 2011-2012 season, which was five years ago. Knee injuries have robbed Rose of the explosiveness that made him such a great player.

Monday, February 20, 2017

DeMarcus Cousins Traded to the Pelicans

Hours after the conclusion of the NBA All-Star Game, news broke via Adrian Wojnarowski that the Kings and Pelicans had agreed to a trade that would send superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

There had been rumors all day that the Kings and Pelicans were talking, but those rumors were largely debunked by the Sacramento media prior to the All-Star Game. The deal is reportedly Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, New Orleans' first round draft pick in 2017 (Top 3 protected) and Philadelphia's second round pick in 2017 for Cousins and Omri Casspi.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NBA Championship Roster Construction

For the better part of 30 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been considered a "young, up and coming" team. Years of poor drafting and player acquisitions kept our lovable losers in the lottery year after year after year, which allowed the team to add another young talent every season.

With the current Timberwolves roster filled with former lottery picks and the team's young core viewed very highly around the league, it's a popular mantra to say the young Wolves are close to getting back into contention. The theory seems to be that as the teams young talent continues to develop, they will become a winning team. With talents like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the media thinks it's a foregone conclusion that this team will win soon.

That got me curious as to whether any other NBA dynasties, or even champions, were put together by drafting young players and developing them exclusively. I realize the Timberwolves will have plenty of cap space this off-season to sign a veteran, but I just can't see a top end player signing here with other options available.

The game has certainly changed an awful lot even over the last decade, but we're still going to take a look at how championship teams have been built. We're going to take a look at the past 20 years of champions, starting in 1998.

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Minnesota Twins Top 20 Prospects

With the Minnesota Twins not expected to contend this coming season, the hope for the team lands on the futures of the team's minor league prospects. Several publications have posted their own versions of the Twins top prospects, so a few disclaimers about my own:

The players ceiling is very important in my evaluation. A player like Nick Gordon, for example, who's widely regarded as the Twins top prospect, doesn't rank as highly in my eyes because while he's likely to be a major league contributor some day, there doesn't appear to be any skills that will make him more than an average regular.

Friday, February 10, 2017

MLB Off-Season Winners and Losers

Major League Baseball Spring Training is right around the corner, which means we are only 2 months away from meaningful baseball games. And while every team has a chance at this point in the season, some have done a better job than others in building their teams up this off-season. Today, we'll take a look at which teams helped themselves the most, and which teams made some mistakes they could have avoided.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Hall of Fame is Losing it's Luster

Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the NFL announced it's 7-person Hall of Fame class during their NFL honors event. Each member was deserving, and it's a great honor for those that are fortunate enough to have their name called.

Unfortunately, the omission of Terrell Owens for a second consecutive season is an absolute disgrace. The writers who vote on Hall of Fame candidates clearly have a vendetta against Owens. Whether that's because the writers feel he was a major distraction for his teammates (which is silly) or more likely because they don't like the way Owens treated them, it's an absolute disgrace he didn't get in.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl LI: Final Thoughts

Super Bowl 51 was a great game to watch for anyone that isn't an Atlanta Falcons fan. In the event you got so drunk that you forgot what happened, the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to win the game, 34-28 in OT. Here are some quick thoughts on the game:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Remaining MLB Free Agent Bargains

With spring training just a few short weeks away, teams are scavenging the free agent market looking for a bargain on a player that the market has undervalued for whatever reason. Today, we'll take a look at a few possible bargains that remain on the market.

It's worth noting that not all of these players will sign for a bargain bin contract just because they remain unsigned at this point.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Around the Association: NBA Thoughts

Just some random NBA-related thoughts on the first day of February:

  • How fun was it watching Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio draining 3's all night on Monday? I wouldn't expect that to happen again the rest of the season, but hopefully Rubio can use it to gain more confidence in shooting open 3's. Even a slightly below average shooting Rubio would be an elite player with all of his other skills. Keep him!



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