Sports Inquirer Show 87 (4.7.20): Coronavirus impact on golf, Esports, NFL, college football and basketball Hall of Fame #coronavirus #sportsinquirer #masters #kobe #garnett #duncan

In this edition of the Sports Inquirer Show, we discussed the impact the Coronavirus has had on golf (10:00-15:00), the growth of Esports (15:00-20:00), President Trump’s optimism for return of sports in August (20:00-25:00), the potential struggles of college athletics particularly football with the virus (25:00-31:00) and the announcement of the newest Basketball Hall of Fame class which includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan (31:00-40:00).

Sports Inquirer Show 87 (4.7.20): Coronavirus impact on golf, Esports, NFL, college football and basketball Hall of Fame

Backdoor Cut: 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves Preview or How does David Kahn still have a job?

Time to preview the 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves

Music to listen to: Forever Young by Bob Dylan

 

Last season/offseason changes: Nearly everything that could go wrong last year for the Timberwolves happened

The Wolves finished last year with a record of 15-67, but were probably the worst team in the NBA. At least the Nets looked like they were making progress at the end of last season.

Now the Wolves have traded away their best player from last year, Al Jefferson, to Utah for practically nothing. Their point guard of the future, Ricky Rubio, is still playing in Europe, while their current point guard, Johnny Flynn, is below-average.

This season, Minnesota has smartly scrapped the triangle offense that obviously wasn’t working.

The newest additions to the squad this season include Darko Milicic, the perennially underachieving post player who qualifies as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history. The fact that general manager David Kahn gave him a four year, $20 million contract is laughably terrible.

The Wolves also drafted Wesley Johnson ahead of Demarcus Cousins, brought in Michael Beasley who has had issues on and off the field, Martell Webster and brought back Sebastian Telfair.

This roster has worst record in the NBA-type potential this season.

Strength: The one saving grace for the Wolves is Kevin Love, who has already proven himself to be one of the best rebounders and outlet passers in the NBA. Minnesota also needs to give him the ball more on offense, which should happen with the trade of Jefferson because both guys were essentially were doing the same thing.

Weakness: So much is wrong with this team but the biggest issue is the overall direction of the squad.

What is the goal of this team? The management claims that it wants to run an up-tempo style of play yet it sign Darko and still has Rubio in Europe.

Most important player: I guess it has to go to Love.

Celebrity crush from the city: I like Kimberly Elise

Coaching: Kurt Rambis is in his second year as head coach and tried to install his triangle offense last season and you saw what happened. Now he has to install something completely new with players that don’t fit it. Good luck with that.

First memory of team: Many NBA fans including myself wonder what would have happened if Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury stayed together in Minnesota. They had games that complimented each other and could have done great things.

Best case: 30 wins

Worst case: Worst record in the NBA

Uniform grade: The uniforms are OK, but the floor plan is terrible.

 

 

For that, I have to drop some of the marks. Grade: C

Overall outlook: Its going to be a long year for Minnesota fans. Sure the team is deeper this year and should win a few more games, the overall outlook for the future is bleak. If Minnesota wins 25 games this year, it would look like an improvement from last year but its still only 25 wins.

The hope is that Beasley, Darko and Love can form a core that will only be enhanced with Flynn returning from hip surgery in November, the team takes it lumps this year and maybe is a playoff squad next season.

Those are my thoughts, what about yours?

2010 Backdoor Cut Previews:

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics

Toronto Raptors

Philadephia 76ers

New Jersey Nets

New York Knicks

Central Division

Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons 

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

Chicago Bulls

Southeast Division

Atlanta Hawks

Orlando Magic

Charlotte Bobcats

Miami Heat

Washington Wizards

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets

Utah Jazz

Portland Trail Blazers

Minnesota Timberwolves