Russian guard to visit Wolves

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 5, 2012 - 12:42 AM
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rickradio11Jul. 5, 12 3:00 AM

Alexei Shved is worth taking a look at. If you interested in watching him, check out the Russia vs. Angola quarterfinal match in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Caracas, Venezuela) on Friday. This tournament will decide the last three spots in the Olympics. Shved starts at PG for Russia (2-0) which along with Greece (2-0) are the two dominant teams after today's conclusion of the Preliminary Round. By the way, Timberwolf guard J.J. Barea is averaging 11 PPG in Puerto Rico's two prelim games (1-1). One more reminder, AK47 himeslf, Andrei Kirilenko, the star of the Russian squad is available, as he is leaving Euro Champ CSKA Moscow. I would love to see Kirlienko tag along when Shved visits the Wolves later in July. Over and out.

gcrackerJul. 5, 12 9:09 AM

If the Wolves sign Shved, I hope he doesn't turn out to be basketball's equivalent of the Twins' Nishioka.

snoozecruiseJul. 5, 12 5:11 PM

Will we need to then sign another Russian friend for this guy, just like we apparently are going to trade a potential 20/10 guy in Williams to sign the aging, passionless Gasol so Rubio can have a friend? BTW, does Pek need us to sign a friend for him now that Darko is going or gone? And what about Love's friend, Miller. Who will be Love's friend? Hey, Barea is Puerto Rican. Where is his friend? Perhaps we should change the team name from "Timberwolves" to "Friends" or "BFF."

dogsasusualJul. 6, 12 8:13 AM

rarely do you see a funny post on this blog, so thanks cruise. We could put Schved in breezers and puck gloves and get fighting back in the league. If we don't get Batun, who'd need a french friend, and looks like we won't, a Russian might be the last chance to get better this year.

zippo12Jul. 6, 12 8:57 AM

snoozecruise, your "friends for everyone" take on things is a cynical view of team chemistry to the max. A hard working talented team that plays as a unit, not individuals padding their stats, is going to beat "better" teams full of crybabies on a regular basis. It isn't just about talent, for only when talent is combined with a passion for the game and things like good sportsmanship is greatness achieved. Benches are full of players who think they should be starting who keep adding to the size of the chip on their shoulder. Everybody needs friends, it is just that some people build up a group of friends that support their inflated egos, not their need to push themselves to be a great person and an ever improving player. Rubio proved himself as a great player who puts the team first. How many of the others players on the team proved that last year? Certainly not all of them. How about Williams??? Beasley??? Beasley is gone. The jury is still out on Williams.

mandichJul. 6, 1210:03 AM

Too bad he doesn't use the "nicest place to live" of the three for making his decision.

snoozecruiseJul. 6, 1211:14 AM

zippo, I was just kidding--taking a shot at the "Rubio and Gasol are close" reasoning for possibly trading Williams for Gasol. IMO, we should have signed Beasely and we should keep Williams. I realize that I am in the minority here. Williams had one season and is only 21 and people have decided he doesn't have it? You've got to be kidding me! He is going to be a great player. I'm all for team chemistry, but don't forget talent. You did realize, didn't you, that Beasely had foot and ankle injuries pretty much all of last year? Also when he was out there on the floor he was playing with subpar chemistry-less talent. Durant couldn't be successful with the guys Beasely was playing with. Is that Beasely's fault for being injured and relegated to being a back up to Wes Johnson--which is like having Jonny Flynn start ahead of Steve Nash when Nash was in his prime? To me, it appears that the Wolves are making moves for short term mediocre success (making the playoffs) at the expense of patience and keeping the best players (which may make a deeper run into the playoffs possible two or three years down the road). Maybe I'm wrong. Time will tell.

williamdrewJul. 6, 1212:21 PM

I don't get the point of view of people saying the Wolves are abandoning youth just to sniff the playoffs. They have too much youth. Rubio, Love and Pek are all young and are the core of the team. Buddinger is 23. Batum (if we get him) is 23. There is still plenty of youth on the team.

fuzzypilgrimJul. 6, 12 2:19 PM

Hope the kid can speak english.

fwallenJul. 7, 12 5:57 AM

I predict Beasley will come to haunt the Wolves. Remember when Chaucy was discarded? He wasn't good enough for the hapless Wolves, but he became an All- Star. Makes you wonder how these basketball execs keep getting jobs.


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