Blogtable: Clips-Wolves winner?

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the five most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

Next Wednesday: Clippers at Minnesota. Any hope for either of these teams?

Steve Aschburner: No matter how good a certain bunch of employees might be, no matter how dedicated and diligent, it’s hard for any business to succeed if things are dysfunctional at the top. I saw it in newspapers, now circling the bowl from mismanagement. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is stubbornly inept and meddling in his team’s basketball operations. With the Timberwolves, the clock is ticking on president David Kahn to do more than churn the roster and sign other GMs’ busts. So is there hope? Sure, OK, yeah. Take your pick: Faint or dim.

Fran Blinebury: Over? Did you say it’s over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? It ain’t over now! OK, that was just my excuse to quote John Belushi. Yeah, it’s over.

Art Garcia: I’m pretty sure they can’t both lose, but I’m sure they’ll give it the old college try. I see more potential with the Clip Joint, especially when you’re projecting the long-term futures of Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe. The sooner they get Baron Davis out of that locker room, the better. No one is sure of what’s going on in Minny. That includes David Kahn.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Define hope. Hope for continuing to develop important pieces of the future? Yes, for both. Hope for the Clippers and a return to the playoffs? Not much. Hope for the Timberwolves and reaching, say, the mid-20s in wins? The bad start and Jonny Flynn‘s injury is an obvious setback.

Shaun Powell: Dear David Stern: Can this be a loser take all? As in, loser takes all their gear and goes? Yes, welcome to Clippers-Wolves, where two misfit franchises will play a contest with nothing at stake. Unless, of course, the NBA decides to make this the Contraction Game, which I’m all for. You?

John Schuhmann: The Clippers have too much talent to be this bad, but they’ve got the wrong guy (Baron Davis) leading them on the floor. A good point guard can make everyone around him better, but a bad one can have just the opposite effect. The Timberwolves? Ugh. Terrible.

Sekou Smith: There is hope for the Clippers so long as Blake Griffin stays healthy and out of foul trouble and one of the two Erics (Gordon and Bledsoe) comes with it on these nights while the Clippers can’t locate the good Baron Davis. There’s no sense in sugar coating things about the Timberwolves. They’re a disaster. And until Ricky Rubio shows up for duty, why not send the Timberwolves to play in Spain? Come back when you’re serious.


  1. […] Blogtable: Clips-Wolves winner? (blog)Hope for the Clippers and a return to the playoffs? Not much. Hope for the Timberwolves and reaching, say, the mid-20s in wins? … […]

  2. Striker09 says:

    Since when was Pearl Harbor bombed by Germans???? “Fran Blinebury: Over? Did you say it’s over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? It ain’t over now! OK, that was just my excuse to quote John Belushi. Yeah, it’s over”

    Speaking of Basketball I think both teams don’t have to hurry, plenty of talent in both roaters, but Clippers should ship Baron Davis and get a bench scorer and a veteran point guard who doesn’t look like a bigmac every season debut! What about a trade to Atlanta, would be good for Davis motivation and maybe we could see a run like in Golden State.
    Possible trade value is there for both teams: Atlanta -> Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Jamaal Crowford

    Minnesota should give it a season because they have some thought decisions to make next year! Ricky Rubio or Jonny Flynn!
    Back-court is very crowded too! So I would say don’t make me see a Minnesota ballgame but I like the management decisions made by Kahn, so for now -> uhhrg 1-2 years should compete for the playoffs! Don’t forget a pointguard can make everyone better!

  3. Isaac says:

    you guys fail to look at the teams that the clippers have lost to.

    spurs twice, utah, golden state, new orleans, denver, portland.. all teams that are looking at playoffs right now. their win was okc. they’ve played 3 sets of b2b’s.. their schedule destroyed them before their campaign could begin.

  4. Zzanzabar says:

    I really never believed that an owner could so poison an organization that it would forever be doomed to failure, but I have to admit that his owner has to be the worse (including Gilbert) in the NBA.

  5. Diego says:

    I think, as long as the Clippers keep their last 3 top 10 draft picks, and play them at least 30 minutes a game, they’ll be alright. And so they should with the future top 10 draft picks (if they get any.) And they should pick the ones that everyone is expecting them to pick, like they did with Blake Griffin.

  6. De'Eric says:

    It looks like Baron Davis is going to fail me once again this season. I like the Clipps this year and I’ve always loved Eric Gordon’s game ever since his high school days. Bledsoe a few times but he seems to have a lot of potential, and we all know about Blake Griffin..FREAK OF NATURE!!!! But the Clipps need to find a way to get rid of BD.. seems like ever since he went home to L.A. he’s forgotten how to play competitively. Where’s the BD that dunked on Kerilinko soooo nasty????? Bledsoe should be their PG option this year and for the future.

    And I like the Twolves. Lots of young talent. Kevin Love is a freaking MONSTER on the boards and I love that about him! the wolves are just young and there’s no way to win significantly in the west without having a guy who can offensively destroy a team. Twolves need a killer and they should start lookin at the 2011 draft class soon.

  7. Jake Berlin says:

    David Kahn is a horrifying mix of the Headless Horseman, the Pied Piper and Ernest Shackleton. He’s lost his head but he’s leading a large group of kids toward an frozen wasteland. Unfortunately, there is less hope of them surviving than there was for the survival of Shackleton’s crew.