By Mark Remme
As we say goodbye to 2013-14, here are a few other lasting impressions I had from this past NBA season. Here’s to another great one in 2014-15!
At Timberwolves.com, we got spoiled this year having a chance to talk to some of the top basketball icons in league history. A few that stand out to me are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dominique Wilkins and Elgin Baylor. Getting a chance to talk hoops and history with these guys was a privilege, and it’s something both myself and John Focke will never forget.
The power forward position was a hot topic throughout the season because, well, we’re seeing a new age of 4s coming of age and heading into their primes right before our eyes. We in Minnesota got a chance to see Kevin Love doing work first-hand, and it prompted me to write Part I and Part II of “The Road to Today’s Power Forward” series over All-Star Break. All-Star Weekend gave me the chance to talk with a great deal of past and present NBA personalities about the position’s past, present and future. The power forward has changed a great deal over the past few decades, and it was fun breaking it down.
This year was the Timberwolves’ 25th season celebration, and as a way of looking back we broke down Bill Musselman’s impact as the team’s first coach, and we also highlighted a group of six players and assistant coaches who were here during Musselman’s two seasons that eventually became NBA head coaches.
This year was also the Timberwolves’ 10th anniversary of their Western Conference Finals run, and we took a look back on that memorable season as well as Kevin Garnett’s Game 7 performance against the Kings in the Western Conference Semis.
On the Wolves’ bench, coach Rick Adelman retired from coaching after 23 seasons in the league—the final three with Minnesota. Flip Saunders took over earlier this month.
On the court, Corey Brewer’s 51-point effort was the highlight of the season. It was as brilliant as it was unexpected, and even he was surprised in the locker room afterwards. Those types of moments make sports so fantastic and unpredictable.
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