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  1. The Two Sides of Monsieur Zach LaVine

    Steve McPherson

    On Friday, September 12, the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to Texas to play an exhibition game against the new-look Dallas Mavericks. Sort of. "How is Chandler Parsons on [his new] team and I'm not?" asked...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  2. The Timberwolves Introduce Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to ...

    Steve McPherson

    This is how you launch one of the youngest and most athletic teams in Minnesota Timberwolves history: directly into the yawning Technicolor maw of Middle America, festooned in cardboard Oink Booth crowns, coated in cornmeal batter, and deep-fried, a...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  3. The Silver Lining of a First-Round NBA Playoffs Exit

    Steve McPherson

    In the modern NBA, it seems like the only thing worse than missing the playoffs is getting eliminated in the first round. Making the postseason means missing out on the draft lottery (barring stockpiled picks from trades), and the tangible benefits o...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  4. Only Love Can Break Your Heart: On Rick Adelman’s Retiremen...

    Steve McPherson

    The press conference announcing Rick Adelman's retirement from coaching was about as quiet and unassuming as the man himself. Multiple rows of chairs sat ready on the Timberwolves' practice court inside the Target Center, but they...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  5. Seasoning the Bench: How the Spurs Gear Up for the Playoffs

    Steve McPherson

    Here are a couple things you may already know: The San Antonio Spurs rest their aging core of starters fairly regularly throughout the regular season; last year's Spurs came within seconds of winning the NBA championship; at various times i...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  6. Dienghis Khan! Gorgui Dieng on His Late Rookie-Season Flourish

    Steve McPherson

    Calling the Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng a dark-horse rookie of the year candidate is a disservice to dark horses the world over. The fewest minutes per game a ROY winner has ever averaged were the 29.1 averaged by Mike Miller in 20...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  7. What Your Casual-Friday NBA Jersey Says About You

    Steve McPherson

    Casual Friday has gotten hella fraught for office workers in the last decade. What was at first a chance to relax a little and dust off those polo shirts and crisply pressed Old Navy jeans has become a referendum on who you are as an employee. The wa...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  8. 6-Day NBA Warning: Let's Hope Ricky Rubio Doesn't Grow Up

    Steve McPherson

    Looked at a certain way, NBA players are men playing a kid's game. But shift the angle slightly and they — especially the younger ones — can look like kids playing a man's game. Any rookie, any sophomore — hell, any player who's bee...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  9. 15-Day NBA Warning: Kevin Love's Labor Lost

    Steve McPherson

    "The past is never dead. It's not even past." —William Faulkner Kevin Love has a bone to pick with Faulkner. For almost his whole career, Love has thrived on proving people wrong, whether it was Kurt Rambis telling him not to shoot 3-pointer...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  10. The Breaking BadtoNBA Translator

    Steve McPherson

    [FAIR WARNING: There are spoilers here up through the current aired episodes. And one pretty graphic/gross Photoshop that's also a spoiler.] At first glance, it may not seem like there's a lot in common between professional basketball and the stor...

    Blog | August 09, 2013
  11. The New Pelicans Uniforms and the Yawning Maw of Our Own Demise

    Steve McPherson

    Since this is about fashion, let's charitably call the initial reactions to the unveiling of the New Orleans Pelicans' new uniforms beige. Or maybe taupe. Possibly even mauve, but I don't want to overstate my case. The specific whys and wherefores of...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  12. The Promise and the Mirage of Las Vegas Summer League

    Steve McPherson

    The desert makes you see things. On the flight in, we passed over untold stretching miles of nothing but sand, dust, and scattered brush before suddenly: Las Vegas. Like the Mall of America teleported Watchmen-style into Times Square, Vegas is not so...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  13. We Went There: Taking in the WNBA With the Lynx and Dream

    Steve McPherson

    I'm going to start by telling a story that makes me sound like an asshole. A few weeks ago, right at the apex of the NBA playoffs after San Antonio had gone up 3-2 on Miami, I was having lunch at an Indian buffet in Minneapolis to celebrate a holiday...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  14. Do It Again: Rewatching Game 4 of Heat-Spurs

    Steve McPherson

    I once rewatched the entirety of the Red Sox 2004 ALCS victory over the New York Yankees. Not exactly to understand it better, because there were plenty of stories written and even a movie made to explain it, but to see how that understanding happene...

    Blog | June 17, 2013
  15. Image Is Nothing: Grant Hill and His Amazing '90s Sprite Ads

    Steve McPherson

    The occasion of Grant Hill's retirement from the NBA is a time for reflection. It's time to consider his accomplishments, both in college at Duke (where he passed Christian Laettner that ball that led to that shot that went in) and at the professiona...

    Blog | June 03, 2013
  16. This Band Marijuana Deathsquads Played Music to a Montage of Dunk...

    Steve McPherson

    On a bad night, Marijuana Deathsquads is a band full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. This is the risk of music that relies heavily not on rote performance but on a kind of high-wire act of endlessly unfolding possibilities driven by a couple o...

    Blog | May 09, 2013