Records Are Made To Be Broken And Then There Are Some You Simply Want To Ignore
Well it goes without saying that the NBA — season while being an exhilarating one it has to be said it also one with some rather dubious distinctions. Not taking anything away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and their rather abhorrent record one can only imagine that team owner Dan Gilbert has to be completely embarrassed by his team’s — display over the course of the season .
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At this juncture the less said about the Cavaliers and their season the better ! Which brings me to the Minnesota Timberwolves and their play this season and the very fact that perhaps the only reason to watch this Kurt Rambis coached team play is the current form of Kevin Love their All Star . Love while playing for the Timberwolves in the team’s game against the Washington Wizards notched what would turn out to be his 50th consecutive double-double of the season in the team’s loss to Wizards . In doing so he equaled the record of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone though he’s still short of the record in terms that particular tally for a regular season, which stands at 55.
Now while not wanting to take anything away from Love and his accomplishments having equaled Malone’s record his team’s defeat added nothing to the achievement. Had the Timberwolves won the game then perhaps one might have felt the achievement more noteworthy. But that in ofitself should not be the a reason to deny the fact that the player has had an outstanding season with an all round improvement in his play on both ends of the court . While all else around him simply has been mediocre Love has simply excelled with his prolific rebounding and a knack for scoring when the rest of the team has simply been lackadaisical .
Unfortunately for Kevin Love he’s playing on a team that simply hasn’t the knack for winning with any consistency. And for Kurt Rambis and his coaching staff their problem becomes even more magnified given the fact that they play in the highly competitive Western Conference . If anything the only reason to attend the Target Center in Minneapolis may well be to see Love play at this juncture because in reality it won’t be witness the Timberwolves starting to win , much less show any semblance of consistency , such has been the play of the team throughout the season.
And though the Timberwolves’ history has been steeped in tradition those days now seem to be long gone. The departure of Kevin Garnett , Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell has seen the Timberwolves fall on distinctly hard times. And from a personal standpoint I seriously doubt that things are about to change for the organization anytime soon ! The mindset to win simply hasn’t been there and I doubt that team owner Glen Taylor really has the mindset or the capacity to win ! He’s certainly shown that as an owner he simply doesn’t know what it takes to make this organization a success . He may well create the perception that he wants to win but during his tenure as the owner he’s done very little to suggest that he actually wants to win . And it seems to be inherent not just with this team but also across the landscape of professional sports wherein you tend to have team owners who’d simply rather just use their teams as a perpetual tax write off . Something that’s availed to them courtesy of the IRS and that of their antitrust exemption dutifully given to them by the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate
The only direction is up for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their climb is about as steep as trying to make the ascent of Mt Everest . It’s not as if through the prudent assessment of talent , acquiring it and then having the coaching staff available to foster the traits of success is hard to come by . But I believe that in this case the front office of the Timberwolves have been complacent and the very fact that Rambis seems to be way in over his head. His tenure with the team has come under close scrutiny and while I don’t expect him to be fired by Glen Taylor there’s still a remote chance that could very well happen should the team’s season continue to spiral further out of control over the remainder of the season. Rambis was obviously the apparent ‘heir in waiting’ in Los Angeles while he had a brief stint as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but there too his abilities came into question . It’s not that Rambis cannot coach but he needs to be in the right environment to prove his worth and one can categorically state the Timberwolves just isn’t that environment .
Were the Cleveland Cavaliers schedule simply set around playing the New York Knicks then perhaps their record wouldn’t be so damn awful ! Twice in succession the Cavaliers have been able to defeat the Knicks all within the space of time that the front office has assembled this revamped team that saw them acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Raymond Felton , Danilo Gallinari and a slew of other players that GM Donnie Walsh that obsolete to the team’s needs.
While I’m under no illusions that the Knicks aren’t capable of being able to contend but if they’re to be taken seriously then the New York Knicks have to beat the teams that need to be beaten . It’d help if the Knicks weren’t so complacent and at the same time any team that’s coached by Mike D’Antoni actually showed signs that they can play defense rather than giving the mere perception that they can actually and do that . Simply put if they can’t do that then their aspirations as it relates to the postseason will be a distinctly short one .
Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a duo of teammates that can ably assist him and the Knicks in the ambitions to bring a title back to Madison Square Garden and to the long starved New York natives who have supported the Knicks loyally over the years .
This second defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers though something of a surprise shows how complacent the Knicks are and the mere fact that they succumbed to the Cleveland Cavaliers in such a fashion leads me to believe that the New York Knicks at this juncture are at this juncture a work in progress but also to an extent greatly overrated . Fans may well feel that they are relevant again but they ought not to be too quick to jump to conclusions. This team may well be great at some time in the future but the premise behind these moves made by Walsh at the behest of team owner James Dolan was in part to see win an NBA title and at the same time not play second fiddle to the likes of the Boston Celtics and in particular the Miami Heat and their triumvirate of stars LeBron James , Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade . That may well be the standard that the Knicks choose to measure themselves by because of the template set but if they truly wish to do that then they ought to be gauging themselves against a team in the true concept and definition of that word team and that would be against the Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls . Those two teams actually play as a cohesive unit rather than a set of individuals placed together rather like an experiment in a Petri dish being conducted for research.
As to the aspirations of the Cleveland Cavaliers I’d like to think that a team with the worse record in the NBA can somehow be of relevance but given their present predicament and the mere fact their schedule simply doesn’t allow them to play the Knicks 82 times throughout the regular season I think it’s safe to say that they and their fans are entirely happy with their lot at present ! Two wins over the Knicks …. and consecutive wins I might add has got to be far better than the losses that they have garnered over the course of the season so far.
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What thoughts if any do you have as to the achievement of Kevin Love and that of the Cavaliers in defeating the New York Knicks twice in succession ? Merely leave a comment as to your thoughts on the matter and anything you deem fit as it relates to the NBA .
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(1) Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders looks on from the sideline during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington. Rob Carr /Getty Images ………..
(2) Kevin Love (42) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after missing a shot against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington,. The Timberwolves would end up losing the game to the Wizards 103-96 . Getty Images/ Rob Carr ……….
(3) Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis looks on from the bench during a game against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington. At 15-49 for last place within the Western Conference the struggling Timberwolves are finding it hard to maintain any semblance of consistency on the road or at home this season . Rob Carr / Getty Images ……….
(4) Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) takes a shot against Washington Wizards’ Cartier Martin , center, and Trevor Booker , right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-96. (AP Photo/Nick Wass ………..
(5) Glen Taylor (left) is seen here alongside newly hired coach Kurt Rambis (center) the team’s GM David Kahn (right) at a formal press announcement to confirming the former Lakers’ assistants hiring. AP Photo / Neal Porter …………….
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Minnesota Timberwolves front office
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Team record 15-49 within the Western Conference
Head coach Kurt Rambis
Eye candy …………………………………. Actress Jennifer Esposito
Tupca Shakur …………. “Hail Mary”