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Timberwolves selling fans chance to high-five Heat players

Nov 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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For struggling NBA teams (and even some not-so-bad ones) it’s pretty common to see them sell the opponent coming to town. “Come see Kobe Bryant while you still can” or “Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the high-flying Thunder are coming to town” is a pretty common pitch.

But the Timberwolves are taking it to a whole new level in trying to sell Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, as pointed out by Darren Rovell of ESPN.


Let me make the obvious point here — the Timberwolves are really fun and a good team. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin — this is a team I like to watch play on League Pass and will go to when they come to my town. People will pay to see them.

Yes, they are 8-9 to start the season but the Timberwolves have been a bit unlucky — their expected win-loss based on their point per possession differential is 11-6. Three game swing. Those kinds of things tend to correct themselves over the course of the season, Minnesota will eventually get some lucky wins. However, things could start to look worse over the next week with the Mavericks, Thunder, Spurs and Heat as the next four games.

Maybe you do need to sell the Heat a little.

  1. legend30 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    In return Miami get Kevin Love for Chris Bosh… And the Heat will also get Ricky Rubio.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      If you have to “sell” the Heat you have problems.

      Not only are the Wolves fun to watch but the Heat have been a freakin rock stars for the past 3 years.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Kevin Love shoots too many threes and Pek needs to work on his post game to offset this if Love wants to continue firing away. I hate to nitpick at Love’s game since he’s such a beast but it’s more just changing shot selection. Mbah Moute should boost their defense but has a limited offensive game.

    They seem like they’re one wing player away from being a contender in the west. Rubio’s shooting from the field is pathetic and hasn’t shown any improvement. They’re fun to watch but seem doomed for mediocrity in the stacked West.

  3. seanb20124 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    This will end once some psychopath tries to trip a player in the tunnel

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Shouldn’t you want your fans to loathe the opposing team, not high-five them?? This seems all so wrong. And it’s the 2013-14 T-Wolves, not the immediate post-Garnett 2008 T-Wolves. They should be selling all off the strength of Love and Rubio and the nice core that surrounds them, no?

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      I was thinking the exact, same thing. What the f+ck Timberwolves? Get a life!

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        I love Minneapolis. Best Co-Op city in America, and some fabulous food and outdoor opportunities. But when you offer your own fans the chance to mingle with other teams’ players: that’s just wrong, unless you’re the 1962 NY Mets.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        You ever heard of/tried a Juicy Lucy? Speaking of food in Minny…

    • rodyaugu - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Not if you can make money off opposing teams. Deep down it’s all about the money anyway.

  5. ndnut - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Nobody cares about the Pups in Minneapolis. The Vikings and Wild rule the town this time of year. They might have better luck if the Twins continue to suck at the level they have been, but any improvement will send fans across the street from Target Center to Target Field.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Actually, nobody cares about the Twins, until they actually spend money on legitimate pitching. In case you didn’t notice, Target Field was about 1/3 full by September last year. Sadly, that is with them promoting season and partial season tickets with the chance to get All-Star Game tickets for 2014. Without that, Target Field probably would have been even more empty.

      Nobody cares about the Vikings, unless it is 2009 and Brett Favre is at QB.

  6. mnwildfan15 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Mmmmm Jucy Lucy’s

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