Billy’s Back, GIF’s and Plenty More…

Billy Bohl, dubbed by me as our fearless leader, returns to his post at the Break the Huddle Show, today. He’s been away from the studio for the previous two weeks, but Bohl joined us via cellular device from the Target Center, last Tuesday. If you missed last week’s show…..

*cues promo.

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We’ll start the show as we always do and recap the previous week of Minnesota Timberwolves news, rumors, and discuss trying to take optimistic viewpoints (…) about the remainder of the season. Later, we’ll be joined via telephone by Kirk Henderson. Henderson is the editor of Mavs Outsider Report and Mavs Moneyball. You guessed it; we’re going to ask Henderson about tomorrow’s matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Timberwolves. He’ll teach us a thing or two about the Mavs, I’m sure, too.

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Which one of the following GIF’s is your favorite?

CAN SOMEBODY come over here and get this guy! – JOEY C.

Wilson Chandler says F it, jumps over Chris Paul.

Wilson Chandler says F it, jumps over Chris Paul.

Former Timberwolf GERALD GREEN gives rookie Mason Plumlee the business.

Andray Blatche proves Alex Len is still not ready for the NBA. Focus young rook!

Andray Blatche proves Alex Len is still not ready for the NBA. Focus young rook!

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson doing, something.

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson doing….something.

More of Woodson doing something

More of Woodson doing something

Wook at John Lucas throwing wittle punches DOHAWWWWWW

Wook at John Lucas throwing wittle punches DOHAWWWWWW

We’ll announce our GIF of the week sometime during the show. This is something new that we are doing. It is supposed to be fun, and I have a feeling it will be. Well…..while we’re here I’ll share a few more plugs.

If you missed Billy’s recap of Wolves-Bucks last week, you may go back and read it, at your leisure, by clicking this link. It was included in our recap of Episode 21 (Miss it? Click here). Sure, we’re going to talk about the Wolves loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, but, we’d be crazy to go in depth with it! The show is merely an hour long! We know how much information you thirst for, so Billy’s got everyone covered, again. Timberwolves 93, Bobcats 105: Fire and Nice

Rick Adelman, employing both diplomacy and rationalization, is fond of speaking well of the opposition in his post-game pressers, which is somewhat expected, yet tiresome all the same. No salvos are fired inward, no matter how warranted they may be. Kevin Love had some sharp words for J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham awhile back, but that was the closest thing we’ve had to a fiery, public confrontation.

Read the recap in it’s entirety by clicking this link. Meanwhile, elsewhere over the weekend.

Yes, it’s true. I became infatuated with the Minnesota State Boys High School basketball tournament over the weekend; it was very entertaining.

Won’t take too long. Both state semifinals were decided at the final buzzer, but the first of two games on Saturday evening took four overtimes to decide. The Hopkins Royals decided to play ‘stall ball,’ a tactic once used in the 1950’s against the Minneapolis Lakers, at the end of regulation — igniting a debate on whether or not the MSHSL should implement a shot clock at the high school level. Luck Favors the Deserving

The Hopkins Royals, ranked as one of the top-50 high school teams in the country according to MaxPreps, remained tied with the Shakopee Sabres, 41-41, with 2:49 remaining to play in the game. Kamali Chambers, a Hopkins senior, began dribbling just ahead of half court while the Sabres refused to move out of the compact zone that had given the Royals trouble throughout the evening. Under the instruction from his renowned coach, Kevin Novak, Chambers remained stationary just over the half-court line.

Read the piece in it’s entirety by clicking this link. 

Reminders

  • Sometimes, we open the phone lines — FEEL FREE TO CALL US. The number to reach the studio is 612-235-6353.
  • To listen to us live via your mobile device, download the Sizzlin’ 99.9 Application for your iPhone or Android Device. Free, very user friendly, and the easiest way to tune-in to our live broadcasts.
  • This is the link to Sizzlin’s LiveStream station, that’s where you may VIEW and LISTEN to our show as we discuss the Timberwolves and other NBA matters. Now, it may or may not work on your mobile device, I’ve received mixed feedback. If you’re on a desktop, laptop, or a compatible mobile device — this is a unique and interactive way to watch/listen to our show.
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THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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Episode 21: A Man at the Scene (BONUS PLUGS WITHIN)

(Photo Credit: David Sherman — www.davidshermanphoto.com)

Again, John Meyer and I found ourselves in the studio, without our fearless leader for another episode of the Break the Huddle show. Yet, fear not listeners — Billy Bohl was able to join us via cellular device by calling us from outside of the Target Center. So, without delay, let’s get to plugging our products, shall we?

GO AND DOWNLOAD THE NEWEST, Break the Huddle Show, PODCAST ON ITUNES. We don’t intend to be pushy, however, the podcast downloads are essential to, not only the show’s success, but also to that of the entire Sizzlin’ 99.9 network.

The live broadcast recorded from — live — inside the Sizzlin’ studio last night may be found at the bottom of this post. (But remember to download the podcast =]]])

We started things off with the formalities and got Billy on the horn right away to discuss last night’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks. Why? Because, why not? We had our own reporter on the scene to give us the most recent updates from the Wolves locker room. Why was he at the game? To RECAP it, of course.

If the lowly Bucks, owners of the worst record in basketball (now 13-51), didn’t have the Timberwolves’ full attention prior to tip-off, they certainly did when their 12th consecutive shot found the bottom of the net to start the game. By the midway point of the first quarter, each of Milwaukee’s five starters had recorded a field goal and the team held a nine-point advantage. Guards Nate Wolters and Brandon Knight led the charge – between the two of them, they were responsible for the Bucks’ first seven buckets. Center Zaza Pachulia had 4 1st quarter assists, en route to 10 for the night (a career high).

You can check out Billy’s recap of the victory over the Bucks by clicking this link.

We also talked a little about the disconnect between Ricky Rubio and Rick Adelman, a discussion that stemmed from a Punch-Drunk Wolves column mentioned in the most, “Around the Interwebs,” post. From there, John and I were on our own……again.

Early Tuesday morning, Flip Saunders appeared with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio and the two spoke briefly on a number of topics. With the news that former coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers’, Phil Jackson, pairing up for a front-office position with the New York Knicks almost a certainty, Cowherd asked the Wolves President of Basketball Operations what life was like when making the transition from being a head coach into a position with more player/personnel responsibility.

I transcribed most of the interview between Saunders and Cowherd over at Howlin’ T-Wolf, another place I’ll be writing about the Timberwolves moving forward. Flip spoke about the future of Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and talked a little bit about educating people about the NBA, and how players are involved in their communities. This conversation sparking after Minnesota State Representative, Pat Garofalo, sent out a tweet that seemed to insinuate he has a misguided perception about the NBA, and it’s players.

You have to educate the people. When people are educated on what our players do, and how active they are in their community. (Even) Individually, on their own — I know a lot of players go out to hostels and get involved with St. Jude (A Childrens Hospital), that’s a big thing for us this month.

You just have to educate the people and understand that they have to realize that, many times, perception is not reality. We’ve got players that do a lot of positive things in the community. – Flip Saunders

Read some of the transcribed interview by clicking this link. Check out the FULL interview from the ESPN.com page by clicking THIS link.While we’re here, I’m just going to plug something else.

John mentioned it briefly on the show, yesterday, but I published an article over at Hickory-High last Friday titled “Lacking an Alpha.” Over at Hickory-High, by using some of the newfound, available statistical data (If you’re unfamiliar with SportVU there’s a two-part series that was plugged in the aforementioned, Around the Interwebs, column that can teach you much, much more. Here’s Part One, and Part Two) I tried to determine why the Wolves play so well during the first three quarters, yet somehow, in some fashion, deteriorate in late game situations.

When the fourth quarter arrives; the Wolves pace rating significantly decreases — and in clutch situations — there has been very production from Rubio, J.J. Barea, and Kevin Love; perhaps the team is missing a leader.

Those sovereign few who are able to rise above peers are held to higher expectations because of their elevated status within that particular faction, or social group. No crowd, swarm, or rabble of humans have ever assembled to orchestrate a successful rebellion or necessary course of action against an opposing force without some form of leadership. Leaders are hard to come by, whereas followers are omnipresent. Yet, because great power begets great responsibility, I find it fair to assume that there are those capable of being on the forefront of a revolution, or even simply spearheading a simple group-oriented task, who are fearful of a leadership role and the duties that go along with it.

Read “Lacking an Alpha” by clicking this link.

Remember to download the show’s podcast using itunes. By clicking this link, you will be brought to the Sizzlin’ Podcast Page (where there is plenty of good content for listeners around the Twin Cities). Our show is, you guessed it, the BREAK THE HUDDLE show.

Reminders

  • Sometimes, we open the phone lines — FEEL FREE TO CALL US. The number to reach the studio is 612-235-6353.
  • To listen to us live via your mobile device, download the Sizzlin’ 99.9 Application for your iPhone or Android Device. Free, very user friendly, and the easiest way to tune-in to our live broadcasts.
  • This is the link to Sizzlin’s LiveStream station, that’s where you may VIEW and LISTEN to our show as we discuss the Timberwolves and other NBA matters. Now, it may or may not work on your mobile device, I’ve received mixed feedback. If you’re on a desktop, laptop, or a compatible mobile device — this is a unique and interactive way to watch/listen to our show.
  • Also, remember to interact with the show by following the Break the Huddle Twitter (@BTH_Show) and – while you’re at it – ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Break the Huddle Show).

Can’t say enough, and I speak for everyone (John, Billy) when I say this, how much we appreciate the support. Thank you, Listeners — we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

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Episode 20: A Different Duo

Because of an unexpected absence, John Meyer and I were left to play the two-man game on the 20th episode of the Break the Huddle Show.

In what was, well, a different mood, feel, edge and overall atmosphere we started by recapping the recent week of Minnesota Timberwolves action. Las week on Episode 19, Billy Bohl, Meyer, and myself all agreed that the Wolves — despite being on the road — would emerge victorious from road meetings with the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Denver Nuggets. Pretty sure we were promised champagne, but because of ‘Bohl’s absence’ Meyer neglected to bring bottles for us to pop. It just wouldn’t be the same without our fearless leader sitting with us at the table.

We also touched on some other topics around the league, so look for those on a separate post later today. Among them…

  • The NBA D-League — is it a better place to develop players?
  • Western and Eastern Conference playoff races — just how tight are they?
  • Jimmer Fredette — sick of they hype?
  • LeBron James — 61 points, that’s a lot of scoring.

GO AND DOWNLOAD THE NEWEST, Break the Huddle Show, PODCAST ON ITUNES. We don’t intend to be pushy, however, the podcast downloads are essential to, not only the show’s success, but also to that of the entire Sizzlin’ 99.9 network. Also, remember to interact with the show by following the Break the Huddle Twitter (@BTH_Show) and – while you’re at it – ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Break the Huddle Show).

Again, not to be ‘those guys,’ please download our podcast. We’re not even asking you to rate it.

Now, if you enjoy watching us live and in the studio — we’re not discouraging you from doing so. Below you’ll find the video from last night’s show. However, if it wasn’t already stressed enough, you are showing the most support by downloading the podcast. Here’s another link just incase you ignored those before it.

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Episode 19

Yesterday’s show was full of stuff, we had a lot to discuss as it was an eventful week. So, without distraction or delay — here’s a brief recap of what to expect as you listen to Episode 19.

  • Brief recap of the Minnesota Timberwolves week of action, including victories over the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz, while also determining what went wrong in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • How are injuries affecting Rick Adelman’s rotation?
  • Praise for Ricky Rubio, specifically his recent play on the offensive end
  • League Wide Topics: Jason Collins, Raymond Felton, ‘Buyout Season’
  • Quick look at things to come for the Wolves

If you have any suggestions for what you, the listeners, would like to hear us discuss — let us know! Interact with the show by following the Break the Huddle Twitter (@BTH_Show) and – while you’re at it – ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Break the Huddle Show).

Now, time the good stuff. Download the, Break the Huddle, podcast on iTunes — this link should take you where you need to go. If you have some spare time this morning, or just like seeing our faces in the studio, here’s the video feed from the studio.

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Until next week,

 

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Hello, Ready For the Show?

I don’t know which episode we’re on, I think it’s 19, but I may be wrong — we’ll let you know for certain tonight at 6:00PM CST. Worth noting, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in Phoenix to take on the Suns. After our show, you’ll have an hour before tip-off to digest all the things we will have discussed. Are we ready for some fun, or nah?

 

Seth, I think I speak for all of us when I say that we’re going to do our best. Before previewing tonight’s show, here are some mandatory reminders.

  • To listen to us live via your mobile device, download the Sizzlin’ 99.9 Application for your iPhone or Android Device. Free, very user friendly, and the easiest way to tune-in to our live broadcasts.
  • This is the link to Sizzlin’s LiveStream station, that’s where you may VIEW and LISTEN to our show as we discuss the Timberwolves and other NBA matters. Now, it may or may not work on your mobile device, I’ve received mixed feedback. If you’re on a desktop, laptop, or a compatible mobile device — this is a unique and interactive way to watch/listen to our show.
  • Follow the Break the Huddle Twitter (@BTH_Show) and ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Break the Huddle Show).
  • Sometimes, we open the phone lines — FEEL FREE TO CALL US. The number to reach the studio is 612-235-6353.
  • Download the, Break the Huddle, podcast on iTunes — this link should take you where you need to go.

If you’re unfamiliar with podcasts, which is fine (it wasn’t until this show started that I had any idea how to download them) FEAR NOT, 

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Click the ‘view in iTunes link’. After that,

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Click the free button and your iTunes will automatically download the latest episode. This is all very, very easy.

For Tonight’s Program

Billy, John and I will recap the week in Wolves action. We’ll quickly go over the victories against the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz, as well as Sunday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. From there, many things could happen. Some likely topics are Kevin Love, Rookies, and — despite the rumors — a quiet trade deadline for the Wolves.

We’ll discuss some news around the rest of the league, too. That includes information surrounding Jason Collins, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Raymond Felton, in addition to some conference playoff pictures as we are approaching the NBA postseason.

The Wolves are in the midst of an important road trip. It’s likely that we will preview the upcoming matchups between now and our next show, but, we really never know what’s going to happen. “That’s why they play the game,” or something like that.

On behalf of the Break the Huddle Show, thanks for all the support — we appreciate our listeners and couldn’t do it without you. Here’s last week’s episode, you know, if you missed it.

 

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Episode 15: Who is the Least Likeable Timberwolf

If you missed Episode 15, have no fear. You can subscribe and download our podcast by clicking here. 

We hosted our first annual ‘Least Likeable Timberwolf’ competition. This may be the only time we ever do this, or it might not be, we’re not quite sure yet. Maybe we’ll do it again 5 years down the road. Anyway, here were the matchups:

(Note: We did not include J.J. Barea but he may find himself in the next competition by way of popular vote)

 

Draft Pick Dud Division:
1. Jonny Flynn vs 8. Felton Spencer
2. Wesley Johnson vs 7. Derrick Williams
3. Rashad McCants vs 6. William Avery
4. Ndudi Ebi vs. 5. J.R. Rider

 

Disappointing Acquisition Division:
1. Darko Milicic vs 8. Michael Beasley
2. Christian Laettner vs 7. Michael Olowokandi
3. Stephon Marbury vs 6. Ricky Davis
4. Marko Jaric vs 5. Troy Hudson

 

There were various perspectives and disagreements, but mostly it was smooth sailing as we eliminated our least favorite Timberwolves of all-time. You can download the Break the Huddle Show Podcast. Or, you can watch the tournament madness in it’s entirety from in video recorded, live, in the Sizzlin’ 99.9 studio.

 

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On behalf of John, Billy, and Myself, thank you for listening — we hope you’ll join us again on Tuesday!

 

Miss the preview for Episode 15? Fear not, click here. 

Show Day Shootaround: Episode 15

Before I get into anything, here are the essentials for listening. Download and stream the show from the Google Play Store, or from iTunes, using the Sizzlin’ 99.9 Mobile Application. (Click the appropriate link).

You WATCH our show live in the studio from your desktop (and some mobile devices) by visiting Sizzlin’ 99.9’s LiveStream Channel between 6-7PM (CST) — here’s a link
We also welcome, and encouraged, you to subscribe and listen to our show via Podcast — here’s a link.
Back to the regularly scheduled program.

On tonight’s show, first, we’ll recap the previous week full of Timberwolves happenings. This includes discussion about the Wolves trip West, where they defeated the Golden State Warriors but fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, as well last night’s victory in Chicago over the Bulls.  If there’s an update on injured Wolves center, Nikola Pekovic, we’re going to discuss it.

We are also going to welcome Robby Kalland to the studio to preview an upcoming matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. Kalland is a writer at Hawks.com & contributor to Hardwood Paroxysm.
Throughout the show we’ll be participating in the first – and potentially only –  Least Likable Timberwolf Tournament!
It’s going to be fun, because that’s exactly what it sounds like. Here are a look at the matchups:
Draft Pick Dud Division:
1. Jonny Flynn vs 8. Felton Spencer
2. Wesley Johnson vs 7. Derrick Williams
3. Rashad McCants vs 6. William Avery
4. Ndudi Ebi vs. 5. J.R. Rider
 
Disappointing Acquisition Division:
1. Darko Milicic vs 8. Michael Beasley
2. Christian Laettner vs 7. Michael Olowokandi
3. Stephon Marbury vs 6. Ricky Davis
4. Marko Jaric vs 5. Troy Hudson