Thursday, January 26, 2006

For the Love of Hibbing!

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The insanity of Wolves GM Kevin McHale is beyond even Susan Powter's control. Thursday night McHale sent Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olawokandi, Dwayne Jones and a future first round pick to Boston for Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, and Justin Reed.

The Celtics get an All-Star small forward, an underachieving center with an expiring contract, and an NBDL power forward. The Wolves take back a problematic shooting guard, an underachieving center with a four year contract, an underachieving point guard plus an NBDL power forward. The Celtics also get a conditional first round pick, which considering the Wolves' current lot will be a lottery pick for the next few years. Plus, none of the players Celtics GM Danny Ainge unloaded are in the team's future plans. Minnesota's draft pick would have been in the Wolve's future plans. Unfortunately McHale is allergic to first round draft picks and doesn't see the oppurtunity they present.

It should be noted that the Wovles did acquire a 2nd round pick for Tskistishvili, who was signed 40 games ago as a free agent. That in itself shows the directionless methods of McHale. Sign a questionable talent, then trade him in less than a season.

Two seasons removed from the Western Conference Finals, the Wolves now have only four players left that played in the playoffs: Kevin Garnett, Trenton Hassell, Mark Madsen and Fred Hoiberg (Troy Hudson was on the team but was injured).

Three years ago the Wolves signed Davis to an offer sheet, only to see it matched by Cleveland. At that time Davis was signed for the intent of being a third scoring option. Now Davis, with a 13.0 points per game career average , must assume the second scoring option for the Timberwolves. When I was in seventh grade I had a crush on a girl named Steph. She was on my brain for nearly three years. Eventually I realized it was time to move on and gave up the pursuit. Apparently Kevin McHale hasn't gotten over his crush as easily.

"Through this trade, we've become a much more athletic team," Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said in a statement. "With Ricky Davis, we've added one of the more talented shooting guards in the NBA -- both on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Plus, with Davis and Trenton Hassell together on the court, we'll have a great defensive presence at the 2-3 positions."

Notice McHale doesn't say they're a better team, just more athletic. Hey, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a great athlete too. And here are some more talented shooting guards in the NBA: Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobli, Rip Hamilton, Dwayne Wade, Tracy McGrady, Michael Redd, are all better off the top of my head. You know who else is a better shooting guard than Davis? Wally's new teammate Paul Pierce!

Here's Ainge's quote, "
"We are ecstatic to acquire a player of Wally Szczerbiak's quality." Translation: Finally, someone besides me gets ripped off in a trade.

There isn't enough time to delve into McHale's pathetic history of errors. It is almost as if McHale is admitting failure. But before he goes, at least he finally wooed his prize Ricky Davis. Not to mention three other forgettable players.