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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Minnesota Timberwolves

One of the big winners of the 2017 NBA draft is the Minnesota Timberwolves. They stole Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, reunited him with his former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeaux. The trade The Chicago Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 pick for Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick. LaVine’s a low-end starter coming off an ACL injury, Dunn had a disappointing rookie season, and Minnesota even got a first-round pick later in the draft in exchange for the one they gave up. (At No. 7, Chicago took Lauri Markkanen a player whose a nice prospect but his ceiling doesn’t seem too high.)

Add that to their core of Karl Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins this makes for a scary good Wolves team in the deeper than deep Western Conference. They might not be done yet added to their mix, they are in talks for Paul George, maybe Kyle Lowery. It was assumed that Butler was a target of the Celtics and the fact that the Celtics have picks that could satisfy the Bulls trade demands for a talent like Butler it would have been the better route.  The Timberwolves took advantage and made what look likes for now is a steal for them.

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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How did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks,Toronto Maple Leafs,Detroit RedWings and the Montreal Canadiens, then you are correct.

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Phil Jackson

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My being a Knick fan is really being tested by the minute as long as Phil Jackson continues to be in charge of making basketball decisions for this franchise. I thought this franchise hit rock bottom during Isaiah Thomas reign of error(2003-2008) but that was mild considering how bad this reign of terror is under Phil Jackson. What executive undermines his hand picked coach by showing up during practice and cuts right in and takes over the practice and expounds the wonders of the Triangle offense time and time again? This isn’t someone else’s words this was his words in a interview that was carried on WFAN earlier this year on a end of season conference with the media. That was bad enough, he has done everything possible to make Carmelo Anthony throw up his hands and say enough already by picking a public fight with his highest paid star (that he signed to a big time contract which still has 2 years to run) saying that “We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship,” again it was Phil Jackson signed him to a 5 year 124 million dollar contract. Back in July of 2014 this was Jackson’s own words when he announced the team resigned Carmelo Anthony…”After three months of questions around Carmelo Anthony’s return to the New York Knicks, we are now happy to know that we have the cornerstone of what we envision as a ‘team of excellence.'” Jackson said. “Steve Mills and I have assured Carmelo through our conversations, that we share the vision and the determination to build this team.” fast forward three years he wants no part of Carmelo Anthony. To make it worse he gave Anthony a no trade clause so he can’t get rid of hi even if he wants to so he has to burn everything around him just to force Anthony’s hand to agree to a deal that will get him out of New York. That is bad enough but Phil Jackson’s bullying attempt to show Kristaps Porzingis who is boss for skipping out on a exit interview, which by the way isn’t the first time a player skipped out on Phil Jackson on a exit interview (Shaq did it not once but twice)

  • The first time was when Shaquille O’Neal opted not to schedule an exit interview with the Lakers in 2003. At the time, Jackson said he was “upset” and called it “disrespectful to us as a staff,” per the Associated Press.
  • The second time was also with O’Neal, and it happened the very next year in 2004. This time, per ESPN, O’Neal canceled his exit interview with the Lakers, and the next season he was on the Miami Heat.

It’s one thing to be upset when an employee blows off a meeting but to be mean spirited by making the best thing this franchise has going for it since Patrick Ewing subject to trade talks simply because he blew off an exit interview doesn’t come across as what i best for the franchise. Jackson comes off as nothing more than petty and mean. It’s easy to be 71 and pick on a 21 year old. But to claim trading him is about the future???Really whose future? Porzingis is 21 soon to be 22 who hasn’t ht his full potential yet. Yet you want to trade the one building block you should be looking to put good players around? Clueless! Can you imagine the feedback if Jackson gets his way and still trades Porzingis? To quote a friend of mine …if Phil trades Porzingis I burn whatever knick things I have and film it post on youtube…At that point I will be done with the Knicks. I have been a Knick fan since their first championship I seen the best and worse Jackson beat all.

Even if the Knicks draft pick is a good player or turn out to be the best point guard the Knicks have had in years as a Knick fan I am conflicted going forward, because Jackson will look good if this player is any kind of good, yet we know Jackson is clueless as an executive. I have ranted about Phil Jackson before so this is nothing new, great coach once upon a time great at head games lousy at building a winning culture and a team as an executive. He has to go and now…I am almost done as a knick fan …Just when you think this has hit rock bottom Jackson goes to a deeper level of bottom. He has to go …now!

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome to this week’s Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday. This week’s question deals with the sport of Hockey.

The answer will be posted on Friday with Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week and Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week.

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Glen Rice

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Glen Rice had a solid at times moments NBA career. He could score and score often and sometimes he ended up on teams that didn’t make best use of his skills (Knicks and Lakers) but that didn’t change the fact that Rice was a three-time NBA All-Star, and made 1,559 three-point field goals during his 15-year career. Rice won both an NCAA championship and NBA championship during his collegiate and professional career.

Rice continues to rank among Michigan’s all-time leaders in several statistical categories, including:

  • 1st in career points (2,442)
  • 1st in single season points (949 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goals made (363 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goal attempts (629 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season three point field goal percent (51.6% in the 1988–89 season)
  • 2nd in career field goals made (1,003)
  • 2nd in single season three-point field goals made (99 in the 1988–89 season)


  • NBA champion (2000)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1997)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1989)
  • NCAA champion (1989)
  • 3-time All-Star
  • 2-time All-NBA — 1997 second team, 1998 third team
  • NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (1995)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1990)
  • Retired Jerseys: #01 University of Michigan

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Glen Rice.


Career history
19891995 Miami Heat
19951998 Charlotte Hornets
19992000 Los Angeles Lakers
2000–2001 New York Knicks
20012003 Houston Rockets
2003–2004 Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 18,336 (18.3 ppg)
Rebounds 4,387 (4.4 rpg)
Assists 2,097 (2.1 apg

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Dell Curry

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Welcome to this week’s Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday. Today we are featuring two sharpshooters from the late 80’s through the 90′ s. First let’s get one thing straight…while younger generations maybe fawning over Steph Curry , his talent runs in the family , his father was noted Knick killer and sharp shooter Dell Curry.

Just as a side note Dell Curry was also played Baseball in college for Virginia Tech. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft but opted to continue playing basketball.

Curry finished his Virginia Tech career with 2,389 points (second all-time) and 295 steals (all-time leader) in basketball, and a 6–1 record with a 3.81 ERA in baseball.

Curry was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 NBA draft. He played one season in Utah before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987, where he spent the 1987–88 season. He was selected by one of the NBA’s two newest teams for the 1988–89 season, the Charlotte Hornets, in the expansion draft after he was made available by the Cavaliers. Curry spent 10 seasons in Charlotte, mostly coming off the bench to provide instant offense, utilizing three-point shooting. He was a regular in the discussions for Sixth Man of the Year, but didn’t actually win the award until the 1993–94 season. He currently ranks among the franchise’s all-time statistical leaders in points, games played, three-point field goals made and attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. Upon departing the franchise in 1998, he was the last player remaining from its inaugural season 10 years earlier.

Curry played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks before playing his final three seasons in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He holds career averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Curry retired as the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9,839 points.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Dell Curry.



Career history
1986–1987 Utah Jazz
1987–1988 Cleveland Cavaliers
19881998 Charlotte Hornets
1999 Milwaukee Bucks
19992002 Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,670 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,617 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 1,909 (1.8 apg


Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Kevin Durant

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Stop hating on Kevin Durant, stop with he took the easy way out to win a title nonsense. Tell me something who, what superstar was lining up to go to Oklahoma City to play with him and Russell Westbrook ? I’m waiting …yes exactly what I thought …no one, Wade went to Chicago…and LaMarcus Aldridge went to San Antonio. Give Durant credit for seeing the landscape for what it is …win now and win a lot now and still get paid while winning. Lebron is going to look to reload whether it is in Cleveland or some where else with other star players.  No one is going to hate on him anymore for that. Yet it gets nasty on Durant because he joined a 73 win team, the same team who beat him in the playoffs just last season, guess what …he used the changes in the rules to do what he thought was best …either stay in Oklahoma and get knocked out of the playoffs in the Western Conference where even the 8th seeded team would be a top team in the Eastern Conference or go where he can get paid now and have the best chance to win now. Looks like his going to Golden State worked out just fine. Don’t Hate , just congratulate!