Garnett, etc.

08/01/2007 9:05 am
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As pretty much everyone knows by now, Kevin Garnett has been traded to the Celtics.

Here are some thoughts in no particular order and with no guaranteed level of excellence:

I thought an interesting point was made by Mark Rosen of WCCO News. He pointed out how Boston now has Garnett, Randy Moss, and David Ortiz. All former Minnesota players.

I follow the NBA from afar for the most part. I watch games during the playoffs, holidays, and the occasional interesting matchup (i.e. Shaq/Kobe). I don't really have any team I would call "my team" but the Timberwolves would be the closest thing to it. I mean, given the choice, I'd prefer them to win rather than lose. I feel similar feelings toward the Bucks but to a lesser degree, if that's possible. Anyway, I still want the Wolves to do well, but the Celtics are now a team I feel I want to cheer for. Garnett is fun to watch (for an NBA player). It will at least be interesting to see him on a new team. If the analysts are to be believed, the Twolves never really surrounded him with enough talent over the years. I don't know if that's true, but at least we'll get some perspective now.

The Timberwolves may have some talented young players, but they just lost all their "it" factor. Teams are so much more interesting when they have a superstar. Not that they can't be good or even entertaining, but Garnett is someone you can get excited to see. Now there's no reason for the casual fan to care about the team. Of course, Minnesota fans have a little experience with this type of thing. See: 2006 Vikings.

In other news, Daunte Culpepper signed with Oakland.
Why did the majority of teams, fans, analysts, etc. seem to give up on him so quickly? Or am I misreading the situation? It seems that only a minority of the football community is even willing to entertain the possibility that he's a capable qb.

The cliche/hype machine that is the NFL likes to say that he's nothing without Moss. Never mind the fact that a significant portion of Daunte's best season was played with Moss on the sidelines or rendered ineffective because of an injury.

Anyway, I'm not an NFL expert and I'm not a talent scout. Maybe Culpepper has really dropped off somehow. But it seems a little strange to me. I think once he's fully healthy and given a decent situation, he'll have success.
I think the Vikings should have signed him. But their position seems to be that Tarvaris Jackson, backed up by Bollinger and a former Yankee prospect is a better way to go. I'm not sure how you come to that decision, but I'm guessing it involves the same kind of math that said Brad Johnson singlehandedly saved the Vikings a couple years ago.
fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - Pie Racist
08/01/2007 @ 11:23:24 AM
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I'm a casual playoff T-Wolves fan. It will be weird to see KG on another team.

What's the over/under on number of seasons before Adrian Peterson is running behind Steve Hutchinson in Oakland?
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
08/01/2007 @ 12:56:00 PM
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Culpepper is a rather large QB who recently suffered a major knee injury. Big guys bad/injured knees = a risky pickup. That may not have anything to do with it, but it could. Plus, the Vikings suck, and so by association, Culpepper sucks as well.
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vignette.bmpCarlos44ec - 2078 Posts
08/01/2007 @ 01:22:40 PM
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I was pissed off at first about Castillo, but then I saw the thing about becoming an FA after this year, and I also remember seeing Alexi play in April, then last night. That kid is dino-mite!

Anyone read Gardy's words on him? He kept calling him a "young man" as if we needed to be reminded he was almost 19.
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jeremy.jpgJeremy - I believe virtually everything I read.
08/01/2007 @ 01:32:16 PM
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I'm not so sure anyone mentioned Castillo in this thread. emoticon

The amount of time between all the members of the media talking about how Daunte's season (the season before the one he got injured) "would have been MVP numbers any other year" and everyone in the media writing him off as a complete waste of a roster place was surprisingly short. Even in our "what have you done for me lately" world of sports, and even factoring in the injury.
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Jeremy messed with this at 08/01/2007 5:27:37 pm
2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
08/01/2007 @ 07:58:51 PM
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My well-written comment during lunch didn't save for some reason, so now you get the short version. The NBA sucks right now, Garnett is one of my favorite players, I now have absolutely no reason to cheer for the T-Wolves or watch their games, order of teams I'd prefer to win rather than lose is now Bucks, Suns, Magic, Celtics, Nuggets.
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jon.jpgJon - 2862 Posts
11/04/2007 @ 02:28:46 AM
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Watching some opening week NBA games, I had a few un-groundbreaking thoughts to share.

1) Ever since watching Carmelo Anthony play for Team USA the past two offseasons or so, I've become a big fan of his game (better late than never?). He's got ridiculous skills to score and make it look pretty effortless. I think this is gonna be another big year for him. I think he's my pick for MVP this year. Stay off the dope 'Melo!

2) Seriously, Garnett is a stud. It's just a shame the whole thing never worked out in Minnesota.
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2887.gifAlex - Refactor Mercilessly
11/04/2007 @ 03:37:03 PM
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I haven't watched much yet, but I've found myself oddly excited for the season now that it's here. More so just to watch some basketball in general and have something to put on TV while I ignore it and use the computer.

Did you not watch Anthony win the NCAA championship? I won't say singlehandly, but Syracuse hasn't done a whole lot since then. He would've gotten way more hype sans Bron-Bron.
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