The NBA players and owners have tentatively agreed to a labor deal that would finally end the lockout. Initial reports indicate a 66-game season would begin on Christmas Day. As of Saturday morning there are no reports of heart attacks, fainting, collapsing, shock, or trauma stemming from the shocking news. The NBA All-Star game will supposedly take place as scheduled in Orlando’s Amway Center. I am interested to see if the league will play more than just the scheduled prime time games, or if most of the league will be in action that day.
Here are some things to look for now that the season WILL HAPPEN:
- Will David Kahn make a big trade or free agent signing? There are rumors out there the Timberwolves could make a run at someone like free agent center Tyson Chandler. It seems unlikely that a guy like Chandler would want to leave the NBA champions for a team still trying to come back to relevance. But money talks. Many wonder if the roster will be shaken up a bit, specifically referring to the log jam at forward (Michael Beasley seems to be the most expendable).
- Will Kevin McHale continue to wear cardigan sweaters even though he now coaches in Houston?
- Adelman’s rotation. I personally would like to see him give Kevin Love, Beasley, and rookie Derrick Williams a chance to play at the same time in the front court together. All three can rebound better than their size indicates, and a lineup like this would certainly open up the running game for Ricky Rubio.
- Rubio and Derrick Williams highlights. I know it’s just an exhibition of garbage, but I thought Rubio showed a couple flashes of his potential last Sunday. The Timberwolves need wins, and the fan base is hungry for them also. I personally want to see some exciting action for once. It’s been about 8 years!
- Will Rubio go beard or no beard?
- Prediction: Miami wins the title and the United States suddenly runs into a shortage of vomit bags.
- Dream prediction: The Timberwolves get back to a .500 winning percentage and Jesse “The Body” Ventura reclaims his title as loudest fan at Target Center.
- Shooting guard. Somebody on this Timberwolves roster needs to step up and claim this position. The franchise has traditionally struggled to consistently put an above average player on the floor at the “2″. And no, Wes Johnson is not a shooting guard.
I’m taking the garbage bag off my head this year. I’m looking forward to the Timberwolves season more than I have in the last decade. Section 104, I will see you on opening night! Just remember Timberwolves players, as Clyde Drexler once said at 4:40 of this highlight dunk video, “It’s just a question of coming through. You know what you can do, just go out there and let it flow.”