Wolves Over The WeekendMad Dog blogs about Coach K, the NBA age restriction, and international basketball rules :
I think in the late 1990's the NBA game was truly a physical, gritty, and very punishing league in terms of physical contact. Granted I was at home in college watching the games from the sofa with a bag of potato chips, but that's my view. Sometime in the early 2000's the philosophy of the NBA rules committee changed to promote more scoring. The end result is that in some ways, high school and college basketball are more physical than the NBA. You might think I am joking or that I don't know what I'm talking about, but I can tell you that when I first played in the Long Beach Summer League with NBA rules for the first time, I almost fouled out in the first game. I still remember Kevin McHale telling me two years ago about how "if you so much as tough a guy with your hand on the perimeter, it's a foul," whereas, "you can absolutely tackle a guy away from the ball in the paint and there's no foul." Perhaps the NBA should re-evaluate the direction of the physical contact rules so that we are more prepared for international competition.
The Pioneer Press on Rex Chapman going to Denver:
Chapman officially was a scout during his only season with the Wolves, but he wielded more influence than that title would suggest...
But with the addition of Rob Babcock and Fred Hoiberg to the Wolves' management team, Chapman might have had to share or possibly give up some of that influence...
The roles for Hoiberg and Babcock aren't yet official, but an announcement defining their positions could come in the next couple of weeks. Stack said their responsibilities will be wide-ranging.
According to the Pioneer Press, Glen Taylor could have some interest in the Minnesota Wild if the team is put up for sale.
Some people believe Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor could become a suitor, in part because he could eliminate intense concert competition between his Target Center and the Wild's Xcel Energy Center. But Taylor is determined to resurrect his NBA team first before considering other ventures, which eventually also could include the Twins.
A profile of Mike James' high school team, the Amityville Warriors.