ORIGINAL: David Levine
ORIGINAL: Jeff Allen
How'd that Martell Webster trade work out? Some here thought he'd be great
He's exactly who he's always been - a very good spot up shooter that gets himself into trouble if he tries to do too much more. He's still young, but after 7000 NBA minutes, its incredibly rare for a player to transform himself into something else. He's an awful lot like the guy Kahn had just drafted an hour or so earlier...
Its another case of Kahn outsmarting himself. He saw that Webster had a handful of games where he played over 30 minutes and produced very nice numbers, so he assumed that the cause/effect was "play Martell 30+ minutes and he'll give you THAT production".
Sadly, the much more obvious answer was "occasionally Webster would play really well and in those games the coach left him in for 30+ minutes".
It's interesting to observe the attitude of Twins fans and Wolves fans. Twins fans hate on their best player. Wolves fans love Love, and they think way too highly of any new acquisition or draftee.
Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, plenty of people were high on Darko. Same with Flynn. Oh no, we traded Mayo. I think Randolph may fall in that same category. Hope over reality. And Rubio, I've said enough.
In my less than expert opinion, I see two keepers and one maybe on this entire squad. Love and Ridnour, and hopefully Wes gets better. I do think Beasley is extremely talented, but the last time he learned anything was at KState. If we can't make him a more well rounded basketball player, why have him? Our negatives, and I mean that literally, crush the few positives. I admire the hell out of Love, mostly because of his ability to bring it every night, while playing on a shit team.
Obviously we have a coaching problem, and possibly a worse GM problem, but we still do not have enough good NBA players. How many of our starters would start on an average NBA team?
Any one that thinks that the European Pro League translates exactly to the NBA needs to step back and look at Jennings from Milwaukee....because it does not translate. You will not know what Rubio can bring until he is actually here. Your guess is as good as mine.....positively or negatively.
Same goes into any other player. Our best guess still is not as educated of a guess that GM's and coaches have....even if you don't like Kahn or Rambis. I joke and kid with Dustin about the Lakers vs the Wolves for fun and entertainment...it isn't suppose be personal. Now if you take my hope for someone to succeed as something other than that....well I call it the KG and Kirby effect. They had the intangibles of winners.
The majority of these guys have the talent....what separates them is their drive and mental part of their game. If it bothers you that I want Beasley, Flynn, etc. to succeed....pick another team to cheer for. We really don't need you on this side.
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