Why the Minnesota T-Wolves Can’t Give Love Away

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I’m an old-school fan in a world of hoops gone mad.  I understand how and why player contract negotiations and free agency have become so important in the free world of player compensation, but I grow weary of the rollover rosters and the endless speculation of who will land where and for how much money.  I miss the old days of knowing my team, anticipating a draft pick or two, and every once in a while, analyzing a blockbuster trade. I’m so tired of it that I tuned out the LeBron news and focused on my baseball job for a few weeks.  But then, my spiritual side was piqued by a radio talk show teaser – “When we come back we’ll discuss why Minnesota can’t give Love away.”  I took the bait like a largemouth bass gobbling up a minnow on my line (that hasn’t happened in a few years!). I realize that I’m stretching this a bit, but stick with me as we take a closer look at Love. Continue reading

The Pick-Up Dilemma

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The dog days of summer have set in, but right now the true champions of the hardwood are laying the foundations for magical seasons in the coming year.  At every level coaches are looking for ways to poke and prod their players to put in the work required to shape a team. Depending on rules and guidelines, the interaction that coaches have is often limited and that’s where the dilemma sets in, the pick-up dilemma. We want our players to play; in fact, we want them to play a lot, but it’s a helpless feeling when you’re not there to direct and instruct. Continue reading

Jason Kidd Bullies His Way to the Bucks’ Job

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Despite a rich and winning tradition, the Milwaukee Bucks are often relegated to the pit of small market obscurity.  But after being sold to two east coast owners, landing Jabari Parker with the number two pick and now taking on the sideshow of Jason Kidd, the Bucks find themselves in the ESPN spotlight! As a life-long Bucks’ fan, I’ll always support the team, but the latest moves to take on Jason Kidd have me, like most in Milwaukee, at a loss for words.  It feels like our loyalty has been bullied around a bit, as outlined by NBA writer Howard Beck in Jason Kidd Demonstrates a New Level of Treachery in Bolting the Nets for the Bucks for Bleacher Report.  Current GM, John Hammond is a wonderful man of integrity, yet now must watch the Kidd saga play out and wonder how long he’ll remain in place.  Bullies have come under fire in our school systems, so why do we allow it in the workplace?  Plain and simple, bullies are people who think of themselves first and place very little value on those around them, and unfortunately, they seem to be the norm in basketball, as well as the rest of society. Continue reading