Hello everybody from Memphis, thanks for joining in on your lunch hour. The questions are coming in and I'll try to get to as many as possible. Here we go...
Strategy, attention to detail, accountability, you name it. It probably can be measured in many ways. Most telling to me the other night was how Ricky Rubio talked with almost awe in his voice about how much better prepared and how much better on defense they've been in the preseason. We'll see if that translates when it starts for real tonight.
Slow down there before you worry about that. Yes, that time is coming, but not nearly as soon as people think. There was -- and is -- no rush to trade Ricky. That much was apparent in the preseason. Dunn is going to be a beast defensively, that much he made clear in the preseason. But he also showed that it's going to take him a while to get to Ricky's level as far as running a team. One problem for Wolves now is they've got two point guards who struggle to make a shot. Dunn's time is coming, but it's not necessarily even this year.
Well, for one reason, that's a $2 million check to write after Glen Taylor just wrote one for $8 million to KG. And the fact that Butler is, I think, 37 probably had something to do with it too
They could be better than that.
Sorry, I haven't given it a good look and there's lots yet to be worked out as well. Surprising is that they actually have been able to share all that money without another lockout, although I'm sure Wolves fans hope for some kind of franchise tag or provision to keep superteams from being formed.
Tough call between Aldrich and Rush. Aldrich might play more, but the Wolves really need 3-point shooting and Rush can stand in the corner all day and make them.
No, you don't think the Sixers can do better than that?
I'll say mid-40s somewhere
I know this isn't the real Big Happy, but....I think the guy to watch is Wiggins. When Flip traded for him, it was believing he'd become a great 2-way player. We haven't seen that yet, but if anyone can get it out of him, it's Thibodeau. Thibs is great at getting guys to play to their potential and who has as much as this guy?
No, I don't think so. I think Glen Taylor has made the moves -- selling 9.9 percent to one minority and 5 percent to the Chinese investor -- that he's going to make in ownership for now.
No, the window for rosters being set has passed. Generally speaking, things settle for a while after that, until you get into the December time frame where teams can start to trade players signed as free agents in the summer. Over the weekend, I thought it was an even chance they trade him, that has lessened at least for a while now probably
No, I'm not sure if you'll see that anytime soon
Yes, I'm not convinced he's done playing. Wouldn't surprise me at all if he ends up being coached by Doc or Tyronn Lue before season is over.
Probably some of both, it was a delicate negotiation I'm sure. Thibs wanted to start fresh with healthy guys and I think KG wanted a year to see if he could part of a playoff run. They settled by him getting his $8 million
I think it's more suited for Wiggins' personality not to be. But you see him play against Cleveland and other big games, and his game is big enough when the stage is big enough. He just needs to learn to do that every night.
I think it was smart that Thibs gave himself time to see what Zach can become. I think the Wolves would have regretted it if they didn't give it some time.
Not the original, but a new look is coming, after this season probably
Yes, he was waived and paid.
I think they've got two guys: KAT and Wiggins. Sam Mitchell leaned on Wiggins more last season, but you saw what happened when he went to KAT in Portland late in the year with the game on the line
I think a lot of that depends on how he defends for Thibs