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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. "Seriously, we're just happy that he's enjoying success here."
Messina coached Shved during his first two years of professional basketball and has watched the Timberwolves guard's career with great interest ever since. Shved was 16 when he made his CSKA debut, and Messina recalls a long-haired, uncontrollable youngster who insisted upon playing point guard and had yet to even fully grow into his body.
"He was a wild horse," Messina said.
A lot has changed since coach and player worked together in the Russian capital.
Shved grew into a formidable European star, improving hi...
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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...
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...
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 Minnesota Timberwolves lost to CSKA Moscow in a preseason game on Monday, 108-106, marking the third time a European club defeated an NBA team in North America.
The game went to overtime after CSKA Moscow led 53-50 at halftime.
Milos Teodosic led CSKA Moscow with 26 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
CSKA Moscow also boasted former NBA players such as Nenad Krstic, Jeremy...
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 -- 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.
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...