Tracking the T’Wolves: Firmly in our Sights

Published: January 12, 2012

Chris Trew takes a peek at the newest team we love to hate- the Tumblewolves

Welcome to the inaugural and certainly short lived slam fest of Timberwolves basketball. I’m your host and creator of @Tumblewolves Chris Trew. In addition to running the most fun twitter feed in the NBA I’ll be dropping by the Hornets247 offices every Thursday to spy on Jason Calmes eating lunch and pen a little something something about the team we’re all pretending to hate for the next four months.

I’m in this for more than a draft pick, though. I’m in this because New Orleans nearly scored the Minnesota franchise back in the day my parents promised me tickets. I kept that “We Got ‘Em” front page of the Times-Picayune on my wall until it got so yellow it was just skin and bones. We never Got ‘Em and I’m still bitter. Also, that Rubio fella is all trying to be Pistol Pete and I don’t take too kindly to that.

Here’s some notes on the Wolves upcoming schedule.

vs. Hornets

We control our own fate so here’s how you can help. Wear camouflage to the Hive. Dump elixir on Ricky Rubio. If you’re sitting behind the basket consider not waving those inflatables back and forth as no movement might distract them more than lots of it. The power is in your hands!

vs. Hawks

Everyone knows that the feud between Hawks and Wolves is one of the most brutal in the history of the forest. If the Hawks remain on a high enough perch and can catch the Wolves while they are napping then they stand a great chance at picking them up by their neck and dropping them in the nearest lake. I didn’t make any of this up, this is what actual Hawks and Wolves do.

vs. Kings

I think there are still a handful of people on the Hornets Report forums that talk about Marcus Thornton every now and then so find them and throw a party. You can play the LSU fight song every time he score a (lil’) bucket.

My fellow Tumblers, do not forget that in addition to rooting against the Wolves, we must cover all bases by also rooting in favor of the Bobcats, Wizards, Cavs, Nets and Raptors. They are looking to be the bottom of the barrel and the more wins they have, the worse their draft position becomes. As far as I’m concerned, the biggest games of the year will be when the Tumblewolves face off against one of these bottom feeders, as a Washington win improves their record and a Minnesota loss worsens theirs. I’m resisting the temptation to create more twitter feeds.

Tracking the T’Wolves will be a regular piece running every Thursday only on Follow @tumblewolves for all the latest news on the franchise that we wish nothing but bad things on. #vodoocurse


  1. ImSorryMonty

    January 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I feel that more is getting lost in this than just the Twolves losing. We need to be rooting for every team worse than us or the Twolves to start WINNING.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm



  2. Hornetsky

    January 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Hope the twolves play their best basketball of the season against us.
    Root for the cellar dwellers. Win home game for the fans.

  3. okithor

    January 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    So who do we root for when the Twolves play us? I am so confused.

  4. J

    January 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

    who play to lose we’re not the colts of basketball.

  5. bee dat

    January 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I can’t get myself with this line of thinking. I want us to win every game remaining or at least enough to get in the playoffs. As much as two lottery picks would be nice, a winning culture is more important. Tanking is never an option. On the other hand I’m all in rooting against the twolves most especially tonight when I’ll be screaming from the balcony to shut the wolves down and take home the w!

    Non- Sequitur: I reprinted my responses to the hornets beat below not only because I responded too late for anyone to read it but also wondering what you all think about the injury to horford.

    will atl be desperate enough to take oak off our hands (not a smart play for them but you never know)?

    will they be a destination for kaman now, increasing his chances of being traded?

    they’re the first perfect example of a team trying to get in playoff who needs a big and give us that middleend first round pick

    1. Despite his business successes, I can’t see mash buying in as more than a small minority partner. I’m much more concerned about who will be the majority owner and their level of commitment to keeping the team in nola.

    2. *7* (out of ten chance for Landry to stay) What do we know about Kaman? He’s 7 feet tall. He has quantifiable skills. He likes louisiana and wants to be here. How many others on the free agent market will we be able to say those things about. I say dell has and will continue to work the phones to unload mek and his slightly egregious contract, as well as shopping landry and maybe ariza (sorry no takers on beli). I think we keep our options open with re-upping caveman.

    3. *3* Coming and going, all our recent players have said how much they love the straightforwardness of monty and dell’s regime. I’m sure the conversation between dell, carl, and his agent when the market was light for him this offseason went something like this: come back with us for market value for a year, you’ll get plenty of minutes, and we’ll likely trade you to a contender midseason so you can prove your worth that way as well. the point is carl knows whats up and would likely sign off on a trade-deadline deal

    4. As long as washington, charlotte, nj, and detroit are around, it’s hard to see us in with the #1 pick. I know it’s nice to dream of davis and drummond but its probably more productive to zero in on sullinger, jones, henson, or whoever you prefer in the 4-7 range.

    5. How could all of you strike out on this softball?!?!? The next win will be in what is arguably our most important game of the year, this friday when we have a chance in front of our home crowd to hang a loss on the not so mighty tumblewolves!!! BEE DAT!!!!

    • Jason Calmes

      January 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      I want to win the most games we can. Period.

    • Mason Ginsberg

      January 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      As an FYI – in regards to #5, the question was when the Hornets would get their next road win, not their next win overall.

      • bee dat

        January 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        that makes more sense, couldn’t understand why no one picked minny, I’ll read more carefully next time.

        Grizz in weakened state up front. If our bigs play well we can beat them. Just need to bottle up conley mayo, they don’t have a ton of scoring

  6. m_W

    January 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Also, don’t forget T-Wolves and/or Hornets do not have to have the worst record to get the best pick. There is that math probability thing, but who knows who gets what. Plus, others say Stern controls the balls.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      We have a little calculator that will handle the odds for our combination of picks to yield the top pick, top 2, 2 of the top 5, etc.

      It will not account for the alleged tampering.

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