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Smiling is not a big part of the Russian culture.
Ricky Rubio and Ronny Turiaf are aware of that but want to change that for the backup point guard.
Last season, TNT’s wired microphone caught Ricky Rubio imploring Shved to “Change your face, be happy, enjoy it” coming out of a timeout in a video snippet that careened around the Internet.
Now Turiaf unknowingly has joined the chorus, encouraging the second-year Russian guard to play with more joy and less concern for his errors while coach Rick Adelman just wants Shved to become more “engaged” when he’s playing off the ball.
“If Alexey smiles, everything else takes care of itself,” Turiaf said. “If he doesn’t smile, he’s a different player.”
Winning just may be the formula to get Shved to smile.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves officials had better keep an eye on Ettore Messina on Monday night.
If no one's looking, the CSKA Moscow coach wouldn't mind kidnapping Alexey Shved and taking him back to Russia.
"We should take him in the plane and put him in the back and carry him back home," Messina joked before his team's exhibition matchup with Minnesota....
Watch out, Wolves opponents. Alexey Shved must break you.
The Russian-born guard is focusing on two things heading into his second NBA season. One of those things is a work in progress, as coaches and teammates implore Shved to “smile” more on the court, saying he plays better when he is in a good mood.
The second thing, getting stronger so he is not so easily knocked off the...
Tweet After some unfortunate knuckle pushups basically kept Kevin Love out of action all of last season, we missed out on one of the most fun players in the NBA last season. With Love’s hand healed, he’s back with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was one the floor for their first preseason game on Monday night […]
Kevin Love is one of the best passing big-men in the NBA.
He’s blessed with the vision, hockey IQ and playmaking skills of a point guard despite being 6’10″ and arguably the best rebounding forward in the league. It’s a unique skill set that makes him difficult to guard.
During a preseason game against Russian club CSKA Moscow on Monday night, Love delivered a sweet no-look...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Five more minutes of balls rolling off rims, a forest of physical Russian specimens clogging the lane and far too many occasions of defensive miscommunication.
Just what a coach wants in his preseason opener.
"No," Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said with a dry chuckle. "No."
Take Derrick Williams' performance as the quintessential summation...
MINNEAPOLIS -- A.J. Price could sense it the first day of training camp in Mankato last week.
Welcomed back to NBA life with a hard three-plus-hour practice, most Timberwolves were dragging; Rick Adelman workouts aren't exactly the five-on-five, pickup-style scrimmage sessions most players engaged in during the days leading up to the preseason.
Keeping up wasn't as much...
The NBA free agency period is dying down, so it time to look back at each team who they signed. Also many trades went down, which I will also recap below.
Free Agent Signings
-Singed Chase Budinger to a three year deal worth 16 Million.
-Agreed to a 3 year deal worth 15 Million with Corey Brewer.
-Singed Ronny Turiaf and a 2 year deal worth 3.3 Million.
-Agreed to a 4 year deal...
Looking for the best assist from Monday night in the NBA preseason?
You might want to watch this nice assist from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love to Kevin Martin against CSKA Moscow:
Kevin Love image courtesy of Getty Images
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Milos Teodosic had 26 points, nine assists and five rebounds to lift CSKA Moscow to a 108-106 overtime exhibition victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Nenad Krstic had 13 points and seven rebounds and Sasha Kaun had 12 points and nine boards to get CSKA off to a winning start in their two-game American tour. CSKA beat the Los Angeles Clippers...
If Rick Adelman were calling the shots the Timberwolves' upcoming preseason slate would look significantly different.
No international foe to kick things off Monday. No four-games-in-six-nights stretch. Certainly not two trips across the United States' northern border.
"It's not the way I'd want to do it" Adelman said after practice Saturday at the Target...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Cavaliers were considerably shorthanded the night of Oct. 16, 2010.
Antawn Jamison had a sprained left knee. Anthony Parker sat out with sprained fingers. Mo Williams nursed an aching groin. Anderson Varejao missed time with an ankle injury and for personal reasons.
A guy named LeBron James had bolted for South Beach that summer.
The NBA is a point guard driven league and even more so this year with the return of guys like Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose to the hardwood. The deepest position in the league gets a whole lot more competitive with the return of those guys which makes for some great match ups. So ...The post NBA’s Best Point Guard Matchups Of The 2013-2014 Season (Part 1) appeared first on The League News.