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"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"I didn't believe it. Remember they were given Gardner minshew all the snaps in training camp. And that was part of that was part of the whole business of like, hey, they didn't know everyone was going to be Trevor Lawrence. You know, it's still an open competition here. I think knowing what we know now about last year in Jacksonville, we probably should have believed it. Well, very good point, Chris. It might have been because urban urban Martin know whichever Lawrence was. Could have been that. Although that's silly. Silly. Coach. You definitely you had to know who Aaron Donald was, right? But this time around, I believe that Jacksonville does not know who number one overall is. Now I know what you just said, TJ, they should trade it. Of course they should trade it. Trade down, you get a whole bunch of stuff. But who's trading up to one? Who's trading up to one? Did you see the reaction? I think someone on pro football focus said that Aiden Hutchinson is more athletically talented than the Bosa brothers and the reaction from players who play with the Bosa brothers like George kittle was like tweeted out. We need to have a talk. Slow down. And I love him. 8 and Hutchinson is one of the best players here. I will name the best players I've seen Michigan have since I started rooting for them. And if I name them 800s on the list, up there with Desmond and Charles Woodson, some of the best players of all time, I understand the machines ever had. But in terms of difference making ability and being able to raise an entire team up and make big plays in big games, he is just stupendous. Now you might also like Trayvon walker from Georgia because you see his tape and it's not as game changing and dynamic as Aiden Hutchinson because. As we all found out, certainly in Wolverine land, there's a whole bunch of dynamic and talented defenders on the Georgia bulldogs team from 2021 big time. So he wasn't asked to do the same stuff that Michigan asked Aiden Hutchinson to do and they needed him to do and when he didn't against Georgia and made a big difference, right? And I also believe that Jacksonville does not know that who's number one overall right now. Because of the story that Jim Morrison told me back in the day. They were grinding tape on Ryan leaf and Peyton Manning up until the final moment. And if they were grinding tape on that decision, then I believe that they were grinding tape right now in their building. They might be split on a whole bunch of players because there's no quarterback needed there and there's also no quarterback that anybody's going to come up and go get that number one overall pick. Last year I just thought that there was no question. You're not taking Zach Wilson over Trevor Lawrence. Even though I just said that they were grinding tape in Indianapolis back in the day on Ryan leaf, by the way, who's going to be sitting in this chair while I'm doing the draft next week. So he'll have all sorts of great stories to tell. I'm sure. But I believe it. The Jacksonville does not know right now. Who their number one overall choice is, and if it's travon walker or kayvon thibodeau, wouldn't that be something after all of the conversation for the last weeks? That he took some plays off and then he took the combine off after running his 40 after telling everyone he was going to work out and decided that that was not necessary. He'd do everything at his pro day after telling everybody that he would work out there. That he's number one overall, and that's entirely possible when it's all said and done. That's the reason why there's due diligence being done right now. The lines are doing it. And, you know, the team that intrigues me the most in the top ten where the linchpin is is Carolina and I'll give you more two cents on that subject matter as we get closer to the draft, but I think it's obvious for you. That's the team that can take a quarterback 6th overall. Because Jacksonville is not, and the lions are not, I don't believe. I think the lines might, if the top of day two, and there are due diligence week, Detroit's 34th overall, they got the second pick of the second night. If Desmond Ritter sitting there, maybe that's where they go quarterback. Unless they drop down and they get Kenny Pickett, maybe 9th, tenth, 11th. That's the due diligence. Or they love him so much, they take him second overall, which I doubt. I don't think Houston's taken one third overall, the jets and the Giants are fourth and 5th. They're not taking one in Carolina sitting there at 6. That's where some of the action can be. So my two cents on the draft right there. As we're in due diligence week Trey wingo will be joining us at the top of our number three to talk about all of that. Your patriots are sitting there, Christopher, 21st overall, who the hell knows? Let's get a wide out. Who the hell knows? Let's get one of them, wide receivers..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"That is for sure. And they were all timely too. Yeah, Karl Anthony towns 29 Beasley with 23. So I guess what is the message that you would have to people who would think, well, you're just still the 7th seed and there's the suns and there's the warriors and so on and so forth. What do you say when you hear that, Chris? That's true. I mean, that's true. Every one of these teams, including the sons and the warriors and they all had to go through a process. And we're a young team and we know we got a lot to figure out still. Second youngest team in the league, we understand that. And it's just the benefit of having a young team in the playoffs is that you get to accelerate that learning curve. Like, what does it take to win at the highest levels when it matters most? There's nothing better than to go into the summer and say, this is what we did well. This is what I got to do a lot better if I want to be one of the best players of the best teams in the league. Coach really appreciate the time. I know you're making some time in the middle of everything. And I greatly appreciate it. I look forward to the next chat. Certainly, love watching your team play. So entertaining, such an entertaining team to watch. Thanks so much, Richard. You take care of that Chris Finch, the head coach in the Minnesota Timberwolves fresh off of beating the grizzlies right here on the rich eisen show. I just love his honesty, right? You know? I love his honesty. He knows what he has. He knows what his team is capable of and he knows what they're currently doing. And so all you can do is operate within that sphere. And gosh, they're just so fun to watch. BJ Armstrong is here. He's going to join us at the top of the next hour. It'll be a great conversation with him. At the top of the show, play for you the sound bite response of Kyrie Irving to being questioned about his double bird to the fans. We'll play that for our friend BJ when he joins us at the top of the next hour. But when we come back, let's turn to the NFL. And there is something afoot in Detroit. Today and then also the rest of this week and news about Jacksonville's decision on the first overall pick. That's all coming up. Back here on the rich eisen show. We got to get Gus on this week. Gus Johnson's on the call tonight in Philadelphia and then also in Milwaukee on Wednesday. And hopefully more games. Hopefully more games for Gus at the mic. 8 four four two O four rich number two dial. So, guess who's in Detroit making a visit today? His name is Aidan Hutchinson, he knows the area. Oh, this just in. Michigan Wolverine and it's due diligence week for the Detroit Lions. Due diligence week, you'll be seeing that a lot. This week, due diligence being done. That's what normally happens the week before the draft, it's due diligence week. I know today is the day where the off season workout programs are beginning coast to coast and the NFL and you're seeing players report for work. Great to see NFL players back in the building. Trying to win games in September through January starts today by showing up for work in the middle of April. So, the due diligence week is 8 and Hutchinson in Detroit today and then apparently on Wednesday, Kenny Pickett pays a visit. Now, if I'm Kenny Pickett's agent and the Lions say we want them for a visit, the answer is like really, really. Am I going to tell my guy to pack a bag for Detroit? We're flying them out. We're flying them out to Alan park, we're flying them to Detroit, and then he's going to take some sort of courtesy car center, a nice car. He doesn't need to be an SUV. It's a dance fine. Small hands. If I'm his agent, I don't mention that. So the way I already have a car. Honestly, a small hand. The Lions. The Lions say we want to visit with your client. The answer is like, it better be real, okay? Okay, guys, you got two and you got 32. We know he's not dropping a 32. So two really, is that what you're doing? And my question would also be like, are you thinking of trading down? Due diligence because if somebody calls up for number two because they love trevon walker or they love kayvon thibodeaux or they love Kenny Pickett. Right? You gotta be gotta be able to do your due diligence. What if you trade down you wind up there sitting at 7 8 9 ten and pick a drops and you're like, wow, damn, we forgot to have them for a visit. This is why these things are happening, right? Made in Hutchinson's there, too, because who knows what Jacksonville is going to do at one, because Jacksonville is a report came out today, saw it on good morning football sought on NFL network. Jacksonville still does not know what they're going to do first overall. And I believe that. We should trade it. Last year,.
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"He's had an outstanding season for us all NBA for sure. There's no doubt in my mind he's been a top 15 player in the league this year and I'm just happy now that people get to watch him play on a national stage. So in other words, it's like a welcome to our world. This is the way it's been all year long type moment. This is what you're saying. Yeah, he's actually not only he's also had one of the most efficient scoring seasons. Yeah, I think even the other day, it was 11 for 18 for 29 points. You know, he doesn't have to take 20 plus shots to score 20 plus points. He is very efficient with his file drawing and his three point making and his finishing around the rim. Chris Finch head coach of the Minnesota Tim wolves up one games one game to none on the Memphis Grizzlies after one 31 17 victory over the weekend here on the rich eisen show. When you said more meat on the bone, that's a 13 point win against the two seat, a very talented young team in its own right. What do you mean by more meat on the bone that you had from gaming? Yeah, we felt, you know, we felt that transition was our transition defense was a little expanded. You can't do that against Moran. It's going to live in your paint. We felt that we put them on the street for a line a little bit too much. Got to take those points away. There's always ways I think you think you can get better. We played extremely well. We got off to a great start. I think that was key to the win. We're going to have to weather a big start from them. We feel is coming. It's tough when you're off for a complete week. There's no doubt that they would have been a little bit out of rhythm. They got that game behind them. So we'll face a different animal tomorrow for sure. So, well, and one of the things too about your team being so fresh coming off of the play and tournament that a lot of people were talking about, Chris Finch, you guys look really fresh for a team that's supposedly tired themselves out celebrating. What did you make of that whole conversation nationally about the way your team? I didn't say much attention to it, to be honest, and I thought, you know, I thought it was a bit overplayed. Why shouldn't we celebrate these things? This is a franchise that's had but one playoff season in the last 20, one of the losing its franchises in the history of the league over the course of its lifetime. We have a team that is young. It's exciting. Our fans have really taken to it. And I've said this before, rich, we've just played two joyless seasons of basketball for the most part. We played without crowds. We played through a bubble, some of us we played through testing. It didn't feel like a lot of fun at times. It felt like just an everyday any old job that none of us at times really wanted to go to. So I think some of that as a reaction to just being able to re-engage with a fan base that's trying to get to know us. And then lastly, the play and tournament is a unique environment. I love the product. I think it's great for the MBA, but when you're in it, 82 games comes down to one game and you need one game to validate a season. You'd be wondering to get to the playoffs. That's what it felt like for us. We had a really good season, ten games above 500, 5 games above the clippers in the standing, we should easily have been a playoff team and normal construct of a season, but we had to win to validate the season and that's what it felt like to us. So, you know, listen, we want our athletes to enjoy themselves and celebrate. So I don't think there was any problem with it. I mean, I'll be honest with you, and I'm not just saying because I'm talking to you here, coach. I didn't either. You have to sing for your supper in that tournament. You know what I mean? Normally, you'd have just automatically gotten your 7 seat and moved on. But not anymore. And I just saw the photograph of you. We were just while you were talking of you hugging it out with Anthony Edwards. He's just infectious. Walk me through your relationship with him, introduction, and we're in his role in that environment of your team and your locker room. Yeah, that's the perfect word for it. He is infectious. He has a genuine personality and a smile and a swagger that is backed up by real confidence. Now, when I first got here, you know, Anthony was just new on the scene, didn't have a training camp, was in the middle of the COVID season and he was trying to figure out who he was, who the league was and everything. What we were able to do is kind of help him guide him to doing some things like trying to trim down his game a little bit, do a little bit more of what you're really good at. Work on the things that you're not so good at right now and then keep building. And he has always been very open to coaching. And learning and he knows who he is and he knows who he's not and he knows that he's lucky to have a guy like Carl Anthony towns next to him and a guy like D'angelo Russell next to him to help him when he needs it, but he also is not afraid of the moment. And he's had this great sense of timing to be able to step up when the game needs him. It could be a steal. It could be a big shot. It could be an emotional play. Any of those types of things, he kind of seeks those out. And that's special and some of the things he's been able to do as a young player. When we first started seeing them, we were obviously extremely encouraged, but then the next question is, okay, can you repeat these things? And now we're seeing that he can. And he still has a lot to learn. He still needs to develop more feel and more how to read the game and sometimes he's just out there hooping, but slowly he's starting to process these things that he's seen all season and say, oh yeah, I've seen this before. He'll communicate that to me. And sometimes he sees it late, but he seen it and now when he sees it again the next time he makes the adjustment. So he's really starting to put it all together, which is exciting. I know at the timber of pop or whatever nickname that he might have had when he came in 36 points in 40 minutes in his first career playoff game is a grown ass man stuff..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"And he's waving by to them. It's just like swear those nice moments for the fans to get their outgoing eliminated team with seconds to go, the standing ovation and Trae Young's waving bye bye to them. I don't have a problem with that. But you can't flip the middle finger to them in an when the game is being televised around the globe as well. It's like you represent Brooklyn, which I think, you know, fans of human beings walking around Brooklyn or flipping birds in many different places. Right now, someone's going to come on now. It's truly not acceptable. You've got to be above it. You really do. You do. And I know it's tough because we all can understand what was probably getting said to him, but man. He's also saying it right back to him and flipping the birds and he's the one that he's talking about the fans. I've done wasting my energy. Well, the Celtics are up and I'll tell you what, man, this thing's going 7. I think we're going to be back there in TD garden for 7th game and I'm all there for it. It feels like I'm all there for it. It really was exactly the type of game that we were looking forward to seeing with the exception of the double birds. And the surprise of the weekend. In Minnesota Timberwolves doing what they did in Karl Anthony towns, the rowing one down on Jaron Jackson junior was the posterization of the weekend and also the Clubhouse leader for biggest playoff moment up until Jason Tatum's flip in with no time left and is serving notice to Memphis that maybe there now on the wrong end of a two seed having a team in Ascension mode coming to their building. As the grizzlies had 6 players in triple digits, I mean double digits 6 players in double digits. Just what a performance. 6 and triple would be a record. Yeah, I know that. Anthony Edwards 36 points, 40 minutes of play. Ant man. I know you guys. Let's go. I know you guys love talking about him on the rich eisen show basketball podcast. So lots to talk about on this program and the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves is about to join us on this program and Chris Finch, then we also have BJ Armstrong making his way to the studio to discuss everything that we just hit and I'm wondering which series that's currently where the home team just destroyed, which one of those has an opportunity to still go 7 games. We'll talk about that with BJ Armstrong and Trey wingo will join us on this program in our number three as we're ten days now to the NFL Draft final pro days going finally as the visits, the face to face visits are happening so and then there's you at 8 four four two O four rich number to Donald here on this Monday program. So we're off and running here on the double bird edition of the show. By the way, Larry Bird made an appearance right on winning time last night as well. He seems like a guy who would use some of those words and he did. Boston birds everywhere Boston birds are everywhere. And there's also its marathon day, so the Red Sox are playing. Down for nothing. Oh, oh my goodness. Not great. All right. 8 four four two O four rich, number to dial here on the program..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"Left and it was truly one of the more remarkable no time left ball has left hand finishes that we've seen in quite some time and the fact that Tatum, the star, the undisputed star of the Boston Celtics and potentially the least talked about superstar that's in this league remarkably for a team that plays in the northeast where we all have a bias, but I guess that might be a baseball bias. It's a southeast bias in college football, but up there in Boston. You would normally think that any superstar player in Boston is going to be an internationally famous player, but Jason Tatum is not the fact that he made that shot spinning around Kyrie Irving, whose public enemy number one in that building. And had an incredible game and we're talking about flipping the bird off flipping off patrons to use the masters first. In Boston, that really was something else. And I'll say this too, Chris. We were all wondering what the hell the Celtics were up to. And I know this is only one game. But we were all wondering what the Celtics were up to, where Brad Stevens is being kicked upstairs, and they were going to go in a totally different direction as head coach. And this coach, I'll tell you what, man. You're right. I think it's at the beginning of the year. He was calling guys out in the media, locally, nationally, and everyone was like, is that going to really resonate well with some of these guys? Tatum and Brown and then the discussion again, should they trade? Should they break up this dynamic duo? Is brown on his way out? It was just like, buy your time? Let it work out. Let's work through the kinks. And you know, since about mid January, they've been the best team in the NBA. Yeah, you may not calling time out also. They'll check move. And not calling timeout, they Kyrie made the three point shot to quiet the crowd. Make it. Put them up. Put them up three. Unbelievable. And then the Celtics make the decision to go to for one. And play defense. Work, they went, they got their regular field goal, play defense with 14 seconds to go. Don't call time out. It didn't look all that great when Jalen Brown passed it off to Marcus smart at the top. It was like 5 seconds on the three point arc. I thought that's the way certainly with two nets closing in. I'm like, that's not the guy and not the shot you want to have with the game on the line, but the remarkable thing, which was pump fake, and then all of a sudden there were only two nets defenders in front of that basket, one of them was Kyrie and that's where Tatum flashed, and that was the end of that. I thought I would have bet my life that Marcus smart was shooting that three with over two nuts, over two nights. Just like this is my time, I'm doing it. Right. And then you made a heads up basketball play, like Tatum caught Durant kind of sleeping for a split second, cut to the basket, tip for all you young players out there, cut to the hoop. Cut. And unbelievable. One of the best finishes I've ever seen. And again, I'm not the one out there playing and I'm not the one out there hearing it from fans and I'm not the one out there who's coming in hating the place where I'm going to and having rabbit ears and some of the stuff that's being said to him. I will just say this one last thing on Kyrie Irving. You are incredibly talented player a remarkably talented player. Generationally talented player he's going into the Hall of Fame one day when it's all said and done. I think we can say that. Correct. Correct. We can say that. Right, okay. And generationally enriched as well. And also the ability in this day and age to say what's on your mind and have a platform to say what's on your mind and then sometimes have a platform and not say what's on your mind and leave everybody guessing what's on your mind. It's very mercurial. I mean, that would be without a doubt the most I think generous adjective I can use to apply to his behavior yesterday with flipping birds off to people who are paying customers and those people are the ones who generationally enrich him and afford him this platform. He just can't do it. Just can't do it. You know what you do is you do what you did. That's the whole point is he did shut them up. Like he legitimately, he made everything. He did both things that an athlete can do and one that they should do and one that they shouldn't do. When fans are all over you, you shut them up with your play. You put your finger, you put your finger on your lips and you go shush, you know, that's the end of it. How many times have we seen that in Madison Square Garden? I mean, Reggie did it. I mean, he could have easily flipped the bird to a Spike Lee, right? Trae Young's been doing it the last time. He's been doing Trae Young did it. On the poor cats fans who were giving us standing ovation to the calves for an incredible season..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"To my and you will not. Listen to me. Pretty big. You will not get I'm not leaving. I don't even just locked up here. So it's going to do four. You guys can't get rid of me. You guys can not get rid of them. Am I in charge of this program or I'm not? Do you guys just like, you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to start the show the way I damn well, please. Okay. I'm just showing my commitment to the rich Asian show. Rich. I'll roll whatever punch you want to roll with. We've actually read the rich eisen show. Yeah, let's just put it this way. I've glued him to his chair. Here we go. But rich is like what's happening right now. Head coach, Chris Finch is going to join us on this program. When we last spoke to him, it was the day Russell Wilson got traded. And we're like, oh, yes, we will still talk to our coach. Even he came, remember when he came out and he starts by Michael fan? What team is he a fan of? I forgot what he said he was a fan of, but a green bear or something like that. But he was heavily into the tree. And he was like, hey, how about that? A little bit before we talk about our team here. His team is up one oh. Only two teams as we are now into the NBA playoff season into the second season. Only two teams drew blood on the road and you could make the case that the Minnesota Timberwolves whose coach is joining us at about 17 minutes time. Chris Finch that that's that team was the one that had straight up, taken on their fully charged and as healthy as possible. I know morant's a little banged up, but straight up. I mean, Luke is not playing against the jazz and the jazz took advantage of that and it looks like Luke is going to miss game two as well. And that's a problem for the Dallas Mavericks. He isn't that amazing. They have their entire season go the way that it went, which is not too well in the first half, and then they made a specific, very bold move and sending porzingis away, losing Tim Hardaway junior for the year. And making a trade that gets them into the playoffs as the home team with home court advantage in the first round and they don't have Luca. But the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz are the only teams to actually flip home court advantage just one game into these playoffs. And the team that came oh so close to joining the jazz. And joining the Minnesota Timberwolves in those categories because the nuggets and the warriors and the raptors and the sixers on Saturday, not too competitive and the same thing happened yesterday, certainly men, those Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, taking the teams that made it their way as the 8 seeds from the planned tournament and they dispatched them and if the bulls had only actually shot well. I mean, the mar de Rosen was the king of the 50.50% shooting games all season long. He couldn't shoot straight. The bulls had it right there. They could have taken it, but they didn't. The one team that was set to join them was the Brooklyn Nets. What a finish in Boston yesterday. The first round game that we're all talking about, not just because of the way it ended, but the fact that Kyrie Irving let the fans in Boston know he wears number 11. We both of his hands. That's what he was saying, right? What uniform number are you? I'm number 11. And he's flipping off Boston fans, and it's like, okay, Kyrie. I'll say this. If that's an NFL player doing that these days, it would be all over the place and people would be going crazy and I guess because the NBA fans and its Kyrie Irving in Boston were just going to sit there and accept it. I'm waiting for the fine to come from? The NBA? Oh, it's coming. You flipping off fans? Is that what it is? Something like that? You know what? And I understand it's tough in this 21st century for us to control ourselves when you're here in magic words, sent your way. And he actually even on the postgame podium said the words that were being said to him various boards that were said to him. Out George Carlin proof? I mean, he didn't mention. Half of those words, but the other half you can't say on television and it's unfortunate because he is one of the best players in the NBA and he is one of the best players of his generation and he could have been on that 75th all time team and uncle drew didn't give us much to laugh about when he's flipping off the bird. And he had an incredible game. He did, he did. Well his second half and fourth quarter, I guess that got him going. But every time he took a shot, I just assumed it was going in. He was incredible. Game was incredible. And then it finished up with a buzzer beater where Tatum spun around Kyrie who seemed to be in position to take the charge with 1.4 seconds to go, but Tatum spun around him and what a photograph we are showing on the screen right now and that is the ball out of Tatum's hand heading towards the basket with .6 seconds to go. And I know they wanted to see if it had beaten the buzzer. My mind, there was no question that had beaten the buzzer. The only question I had is do you put more time left on the clock? Is there .1 left and it was truly one of the more remarkable no time left ball has left hand finishes that we've seen in quite some time and.
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"Rich eisen show studio in Los Angeles. Here's the snap to Murray looking left all the way I knew I should held office. Because it ain't over because I can't believe Arizona would want to hit the reset button and start again. Earlier on the show. Timberwolves head coach, Chris Finch. Three time NBA champion Vijay Armstrong still to come. Caesar's sportsbook chief trends officer, Trey wingo. And now. It's a rich ice cream. Our number three of the rich eisen show is on the air. Everybody, what a great chat with BJ Armstrong in studio last hour, the 30 time NBA champion from the Chicago Bulls back in the day now at the wasserman media group is the VP of basketball operations. For that agency we stop and buy and we talked about the NBA playoffs first round games that we saw over the weekend and Kyrie Irving and the reaction that everybody's having to his reaction to the Celtics fans and then a very lengthy and in depth conversation of the challenges the Lakers now have in front of them with LeBron James aging and Anthony Davis coming off another injury marred season and Russell Westbrook being an either tradable piece but for who or an untrainable piece because of his contract, lots to talk about, but definitely seek out the part of the conversation when he broke out in hives when I asked him if you watched winning time. And the idea of having a version of that for the Chicago Bulls geek teams that he played with and that was what we call awesome. So check that out on our YouTube page YouTube dot com slash Richards and show Chris Finch the head coach in the Minnesota Timberwolves are on an off day and he talked about his team winning game one in Memphis. That was a great conversation there tonight. The sixers and the raptors have game two in Philadelphia and then it's game two between the jazz and the Mavericks in Dallas, which is expected to not have Luka Dončić. What a shame. That is that we are robbed of any playoff action with Luca and the Mavericks of lost game one, not the same team without him, this just in. And then you've got the nuggets trying to get a piece of the warriors tonight and can't wait to watch that game because my team, the warriors and my guy, Jordan Poole will be out there tonight. I just can't wait to watch that. The man love is so real. It is. I got a crush on Jordan. Well, he had me at hollow. Yes. That shot. Against Houston. And I don't mean a rocket. That was a great moment. Him running all around the floor in the entire team chasing him like yeah. He's an assassin. He is an assassin. He's nice. And I can't wait to watch him get better with each passing game. As curry's coming off the bench with the minutes restriction. So that's tonight. Can't wait to talk about it on tomorrow's program. Trey wingo is going to be joining us. Ten minutes from now. I don't know if he's already in Vegas. What do you think? Not yet? If I were him, I would just live there. Well, I mean, he's playing enough commercials with Halle Berry. Trey's doing it right now. Here you go, very good. He's going to be joining us, talk about everything going on. I'm already hearing hot rumors, Jermaine Johnson first overall. No way. People love him. It's wide open, huh? I think it's wide open. I like the Baker Mayfield the year. 2018? I guess we were in Dallas. It's more wide open because if you want to pass rusher, it's your flavor of pass rusher and there's a lot of those there's trevon walker. This cave on thibodeau, there's Aiden Hutchinson, there's your main Johnson. And if you think that he's the best one, you go get him. And live with it. And the domino effect that would cascade off of that would be something else. Also kind of a greater possibility for making a mistake, which is I wouldn't be surprised if more teams try to trade down. Everyone wants to trade down because there's no quarterbacks in the draft. That's it. If I'm the jets, I stay put and I take sauce and be the and just rip the knob off. My God. It's just sitting right there. Ten days from now till I get my sauce or I am sorely disappointed. I want to see rich just go run down there and snatch the car. I said that and you want me to do that. And if it doesn't say saucy rips it up. Right. And then there's Rao's all over my hands from the, 'cause I put the sauce on there too..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"Rich eisen show? Live from the rich eisen show studio in Los Angeles. Here's the snap to Murray looking left all the way I know I should have held on with this. Because it ain't over, 'cause I can't believe Arizona would want to hit the reset button and start again. Today's guest. Timberwolves head coach, Chris Finch, three time NBA champion, BJ Armstrong. Plus, Caesar's sportsbook chief trends officer, Trey wingo. And now. It's rich. Yes, it is. Welcome to this edition of the riches and shows live in Los Angeles, California here on NBC sports on peacock here on NBC sports audio SiriusXM channel 85 here on the rich eisen show terrestrial radio network coast to coast also on Odyssey. We're thrilled to welcome our podcast listeners whenever they hit the play button on downloading our pod, which we always appreciate. Them doing, subscribing to our podcast as well as our YouTube page YouTube dot com slash rich eisen show for anything that you're going to miss over the next three hours and we assume you'll just be riveted to your radio your television set. Anyway, good to see you over there, Chris brockman. How are you? Rich. I'm awesome. Of course. I'm looking through pictures of Tatum's game winner right now to for the lineup for our Twitter page right now. And there's just too many. How many is many to include in the lineup? Is that too many? How are you, Mike dill two? On behalf of the rest of the NBA loving world. How are you doing? Not until two foes back. Mike. TJ Jefferson, candles lit. Well, rich, I want to let you know I'm so committed to this show and the being here. I'm.
"chris finch" Discussed on The Rich Eisen Show
"Did you think you'd come on this show to break down the AFC west for just even a split moment, but at any rate? What it might be my favorite sport. So I'm happy to talk about it. Okay, but you're from the Philly area, huh? Is that where you're from? Oh, yeah, I grew up right, I grew up in reading Pennsylvania, which is about 40 miles outside. Okay. So did you spend a lot of time in the spectrum? Back in the day, for you? I did spend a lot of time actually used to go down. I worked with Kevin McHale for 5 years in Houston as an assistant. And I told I always told Mac as like, I used to boo the heck out of you on Sunday afternoons down at the spectrum. He said, yeah, you and about 16,000 other people. For those are the days, right? Doctor Jay, the zinc on the microphone, right? The zinc? Yeah, absolutely. Yep, doctors zinc off. That's right. I remember that back. My brother went to the Wharton school of business in penny. He took me to a game of the spectrum back in the day. It was one of my favorite NBA moments. And now, obviously, you have got a heck of a young team right now. What is your challenge to keep these kids playing the way that they are? Maybe get yourself out of a plane situation and move forward this year. The biggest challenge is like continue to grow and improve through successful moments. Young teams, it's great to have success, but it's all relative, right? Like we're not where anywhere near the finished product, we know we're part of a process. So keeping them focused and just really taking it step by step and understanding you're going to still have some inconsistency with young roster, but we've been really fortunate to have Carl Anthony towns leading us with all NBA caliber season. And his consistency has allowed us to kind of settle into a groove here. Well, what'd you think of his three point victory? At the All-Star Game because I really liked what he had to say afterwards about trying to break the mold and try to show folks that don't judge a book, I guess, by its height, right? I kind of dig that. And I'm wondering what you see on a daily basis that might actually echo those sentiments, coach. Yeah, I mean, he's often referred to as the best shooting big man in the game. I think he's one of the best shooters in the game period. Watching it every day. It's effortless. He has incredible range because of his size and the strength. He's able to get it up over anybody. I mean, there's not many contested shots that he even takes. We've been encouraging him to take more just because he shoots it such a great clip. And it sets up everything else he does. It's really, I think the game is in an incredible place right now. You have these skilled big guys leading the charge, whether it's embiid or jokic, Giannis, you know, you can throw in there too like we've moved way past the days where big guys are just back to the basket and plodding around the floor. Like these guys are microcosms of an offense alter themselves. Chris Finch, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach right here on the rich eisen show. Anthony Edwards talent is out of this world and it also seems on occasion from the outside looking in that he lives on his own planet as well, figuratively. You got a good story for me on that. Second part. Coach. What do you got for me? I mean, you know, the things that you guys see him say and do basically that's life with Anthony. The great part about it. And he's a real he's a real deal. He's a very mature kid, like even though he comes off sometime. Super cocky is the real deal with his talent. And his potential and the things that you guys have had a window in to see that some of the crazy things he may say. The great thing about Anthony is like, he has a maturity about him that both young kids don't have and that confidence is not driven by insecurity. It's very self aware. He knows where he is in his development curve. He knows he wants to be a great player. He also highly coachable and responds what else adversity. So these are all things that you want in a young player, certainly a young player would start talent. But is there something where you couldn't believe he didn't know about or something? I guess my favorite one of those is when my friend Mark Lori, by the way, who's got a big heart and he helps run my 40 yard dash for saint Jude children's research hospital. And the ownership group, the new ownership group, took over. He had no idea who Alex Rodriguez was. He had no clue. Yeah, we had our last road trip of the season. Last year was down to we had a Florida swing. So we gave him an a rod Jersey. Fantastic. And then he came over to me once in a game and he said to me, I need to learn how to take a charge. I said, yeah, I guess. What does that mean? Yeah, he didn't know. He's never taken a charge in his life. They come to the league so raw sometimes you forget that. And just some of the fundamentals and the basics that you think we're all taught when we grow up playing the game is I mean right now it's different. If your average one is done player, think about the last time you might have been really coached or taught anything. It's probably a number of years ago. So you don't have to teach them what the semicircle was, right? Like you didn't have to go there, right? You couldn't pull that off in today's today's practice environment. My God, I mean, just, wow, that is incredible. He's so he's so talented though. I mean, you've got a real talented group in front of you, and I'm wondering if, you know, do you ever catch yourself just looking at that? Again, not lost in the X's and O's or anything like that, where you just can sit back and go, I got myself a possible good team and a winner here. You got that. Yeah, I know. For sure. I looked into situation that had good young talent. And so I've established talent too with Deangelo and Carl and so now we don't have to rely on simply on first or second year players and they can kind of develop in their own time. And it's been fun to watch them grow. For sure..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Lowe Post
"Rolls and all that and he's fit in with their team. I want to talk about their defense because the last two games before the all star break and I caught the Charlotte game and I didn't catch the Toronto game, but I watched some film of it. All of a sudden, this team that's been blitzing, trapping the most like Miami Heat, like peak Chris Bosch era Miami Heat, blitzing defense with towns at the point of attack trapping pick and rolls 30 feet from the hoop, putting the onus on the other three guys around the plate to rotate into the paint and then fly back out the shooters. All of a sudden that team for two games started defending the brook Lopez bucks with towns hanging at the hanging in the paint, dropping back on pick and rolls, even I was watching some of the Toronto game telling people come at me, like telling the drivers, come at me, I'm waiting for you. That was a sea change schematically. I'm curious to see if it's permanent. The reason they did it is obvious is because the league had kind of started to figure out that blitzing defense and okay, we're going to bait the trap Passover at ping ping ping, open three, ping, ping, ping, lay up, and if you look at the numbers, Minnesota has a lot of ton of threes and a ton of layups, and they were really subsisting on steels. And when the steels fell off and the teams opponents started making threes in a normal rate, the structure kind of wobbled a bit. So I know you noticed that too. You've probably talked to Chris Finch about it. This to me is one of the more interesting nerd storylines of the last 20 games. This is a good team that's trying to find an identity on defense, thought it had one and is now second guessing itself and asking towns to play a style that frankly he hasn't been very good at. He's not been enough of a presence at the rim. That's why they played this trapping style kind of to protect him. What are you expecting these last 20 games from how is there defense going to look? Yeah, so I think they were a top ten defense through the first month, month and a half of the season. And with that blitzing style, one thing that I think they came to realize as it went along was that that's really hard to play for 82 games. Like you heard a lot of people, a lot of wolves toward the all star break start to say, we're tired. My legs, this, you know, you get bumps and bruises. It's harder to close out. It's harder to kind of cover the backside and do all the things that they need in scramble the way that they were doing and rotate. And so Chris Finch kind of at the behest sometimes of the players, but also looking ahead to the playoffs, started to say, we gotta make some multiples, 'cause we are getting scouted and they are exposing all of these weaknesses. So they're trying to be more versatile with more switching with some of that drop coverage mixed in. And trying to kind of mold this on the fly and get ready for the playoffs so that they can kind of adjust the game to game. And I do think that trying to incorporate those things on the fly during the season really messed with the wolves a little bit. And they were looked like wasps sometimes they would switch to zone and they had no idea where they were supposed to be. And so I think that a lot of the 23 games down the stretch here, which they do have more practice time to is going to be geared toward getting everyone on the same page with being able to play several different styles because they know that one style will not be enough for them. And it hasn't been enough for them. But I still think after a week off, they'll come out pretty energized and they're going to need to against Memphis and Philly, but you're going to see them mixing and matching a lot more than maybe earlier on in the season where it was all just scramble scramble scramble, create skills, great turnovers and get running. I think they hit the wall a little bit with that. And now they're trying to kind of recover and figure out what they can do. Well, when you have Russell in towns at the point of attack, you know, that's going to be a place that teams are going to pick at, but that also means you have Patrick Beverly, Anthony Edwards and Jared Vanderbilt around that play. And that's a lot of nasty, a lot of athleticism and a lot of shade McDaniels off the bench. Jay McDaniels comes off to bench same kind of profile, like those guys can shut off the paint and fly back out, but you nailed it with, I think they're beginning to look ahead to higher stakes games and not just higher stakes games, but better offenses. The more shooting and passing the other team has the harder it is to sustain that kind of defense. And I think they do need to get more versatile. That said, I think you're right. I think they are pretty good playing that way. And that should absolutely maybe still be the base of how they play. It's also, I'd love to see them so much of the weirdest team in the league. Their last in defensive rebounding rate. Yes. And I think it's terrible. And I think some of that is their biggest guys are trapping 30 feet from the rim. Exactly. And also they're not awesome at boxing out. That's a whole different story. And they are last or worst in Valerie, which is opponent free throw rate, which is again part and parcel to, we're flying around. That means we're flying around. We're going to run into people or get behind the ball and reach. So I think they have one of the weirdest profiles on defense in the league. And I'm interested to see how that settles in. And then you throw in, go ahead. I would just say on that towns historically has been a 12 rebound 11 rebound ten rebound a game guy. And he's down right around 9. And a lot of that is because he has been coming out and playing the pick and roll and setting the high wall and he's not in position for those rebounds and that's part of the thing that they're trying with that drop is maybe they get him back toward the rim a little bit more one of their best rebounders can help with that a little bit, but that opens up some other problems as well. So but one of their biggest problems defensively is they just can't end possessions unless they are creating a turnover. And that's where they're getting feasted on here in the last few weeks. And then you throw in the sort of they didn't do anything at the deadline to upgrade their depth. And so their bench feels like such feast or famine where McDaniels struggled at the beginning of the season after being really hyped up as like always he is he untouchable and Ben Simmons straight talks and okay, that seems weird. And then he kind of found his footing and then up and down up and down Malik Beasley has been just all over the place, but he's up to 35% on threes. He's like, it's wild, but he's trending kind of back to his normal shooting percentage. Then you had like the jail and Noelle month where he was cooking off the bench and I Jill and Noel, God bless them. I think it is hard to fart sinks he could average like 30 in the NBA and a 100%. And then but he's now out of the rotation and McLaughlin Jordan McLaughlin's back in and making things happen so how is this bench gonna map out? I was kind of surprised that Noelle fell out of the rotation, frankly. Yeah, I think that Noelle fell out of the rotation because of defense. And when their defense was really sliding downward in middle January into February, Chris Finch went to try and find some other way and taurine prince's minutes went up and he started to hit shots as well. And so they tried to get a little bigger and a little just different defensive profile..
"chris finch" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo
"A necessarily in a first round upset win. But it finally feels like it's heading in the right direction in Minnesota is what I watch. And that's a 100% true, you know, we don't say gerson's name very much, but he deserves a lot of credit for putting a lot of these guys and mainly, you know, bringing in Chris Finch, you know? I think that I'm a little surprised that he didn't bring finchy in faster, you know, like right away. I understand why I understand why Chris said hired Ryan Saunders. When Tim was let go and Ryan was the interim Ryan did a great job. And Ryan's a great kid who worked super hard. Everything he's got and he's gotten because he's worked for it. Obviously, his dad had a part to play, but I talked to Taj Gibson and I talked to, and I talked to Derrick Rose during Ryan's interim part and they all said Ryan deserved a shot to be the head coach. So I get why gerson gerson hired Ryan and then towns was really close to him and Ryan deserved a shot. The COVID part of it was tough and in the injuries that Ryan had to endure as the coach he just couldn't sustain it, but bringing in Chris Finch band like I just, I'm thinking that he's one of my favorite coaches that I've ever been around. And that I've seen in the league the way communicates, I think he's got a lot of sustainability in his ability to hang. And it took him a long time to get here. Like when you hear his story, Ryan, you know, playing over in England and then becoming a head coach right away. He actually went and was a G league coach for the Rio Grande valley vipers talks about how that's the most important coaching experience he had. Was an assistant moved around him and Nick nurser like this, he's so close to all these different guys and you talked the game with them and you just realized we got somebody really special. But then, you know, the stuff that person did to bring in, you know, to see the value in a Jared Vanderbilt. I mean, like, think about what Vanderbilt was in Denver. He never really played a Kentucky. He only played a handful of games in college. He wasn't McDonald's all Americans. So it wasn't even like he wasn't an unknown. You know, gerson brought in pat Beverly. Gerson was the one who picked up naz Reid as an undrafted rookie brought him in out of LSU. He's the one that drafted Jalen Noel in the second round. So we haven't given gerson enough enough credit for the things that he's done right. I think and there's been a lot to like about this roster. And I think you're right. It's been finished now sort of unlocking all the talents and seem to value and guys that's the key to coaching, right? Is to get value in them and nurture it and grow it and it's been so fun to watch. It really is. And the ant part of it too is just a reminder of the fourth quarter like it was just a moment. I watched the fourth quarter again this morning because I wanted to be locked in for the interview. And I just, I'm just sitting there going. It feels like, look, towns talent, rustle talent, you can go back to the weakest thing, but with Edwards man, this might be another. This might be another level. I want to go back in time to a high school Jim Peterson when how many titles did you have? Two. You didn't win anything? You get to the finals. We went to the state tournament all three years. We lost in the final launch in the final year. And then we took fourth place in third place. Like, it's one of the biggest things I regret about not winning a state title. The only championships I won, Ryan is when I was an assistant coach for the Minnesota links. I got to go to The White House three times and shake president Obama's hand. So it took me getting to be an innate WNBA assistant coach and coaching Maya Moore for me for me to win a championship. Maya is one of the most impressive people I've ever spent time with. She used to come to ESPN every now and then to do some sort of thing. And if you just got, I remember being the cafeteria talking to her about basketball and stuff, and she was like serious and she was, but she was cool, but she was also like no bullshit either. You know? It was like, man, I was like, she is. She's killer. Absolutely. What is, how do you describe like the difference between being in WNBA coach and having a life in the NBA? And again, beyond the obvious, like what are some of the things that jumped out to you'd be like, oh, you know what? This is what's different, or maybe even surprising. These women, they play your rounds. So they make their name in the WNBA. You know, so Maya Moore, you know, you kind of obviously big name. She gets drafted number one by the Minnesota links. She we win a championship, her first year. She comes in 2011. We win a championship. And so now she's a superstar. And so all these teams want her. So then, you know, now you're going to go over to Europe. So you make a 120, 30 grand in the WNBA. But then you go over to Russia and China and the French league is good. Israel is good. The Czech Republic like turkey, they would be paying these the superstars like Sylvia files and Dynatrace and suburban and Maya Moore and Sloan Augustus, like they're paying those gals like terraces making a $1 million over in the Russian pro league. So they make their name that WNBA they've got to play all summer long for a 120,000. But then they go make a million over there. And so then they play year.
"chris finch" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo
"You heard D'angelo's talk, talk the game. I don't know if you've heard him interviewed as much. But he is really high functioning guy, man. He's basketball, like he is off the charts and he's he's great to talk the game with, so you have that. So you know that his basketball IQ is high. And so he knows what the right thing is to do. And now it's just a willingness to be able to get it done. And so that's where I say, you know, Patrick Beverly. I'm going to sit down with Patrick Beverly here coming up, and we're going to do a video room chat and he's been a culture changer. You know, he was that way in Houston. I talked to Michael about when pat the first came because Mac was the coach. Finch was on the bench. And would pat bev did to Houston to change the culture there. And then when you did with the Clippers as well in terms of bringing toughness. So when pat bev comes in and he holds people accountable. And now all of a sudden, D'angelo Russell is leading our team in defensive net rating. So like in defensive I know. So he's leading us in defensive rating. He's leading us in net rating. So offensively, he's gotten the last month for delo, the lids come off the basket, the passing thing has been unlocked. And defensively, one of the things that he's doing Ryan, which I think is important is that he's, you know, pat bev takes the tough point guard match up, whether it's Mike Connolly, whether it's John morant, whether it's Chris Paul, it's going to be Patrick Beverly on that player. And then we've got the defensive versatility to put a Jade McDaniels on that player too. So delo typically is guarding somebody that's three and D so that's spotted up in the corners. So in this concept that Chris Finch runs now, like last year with riot sons and David vanderpool, the wolves would deploy a drop coverage concept, which you're trying to guard the pick and roll with two players. And the other three take away the three point shot. So you want to guard the ball screen actions with two guns. You don't want to get help and start getting into rotation. Well, Chris Finch completely scrapped that. And he got talented at the point of attack. And so now we are in rotation. We are flying around and it really requires that the low man be communicated. So because the tone that packed bev set, everybody's accountable. D'angelo Russell is one of the best communicators that he's out there. You can hear him on the basket mics talking the game talking about coverages. I'm the low man. Hey, you got to get here, Carl, get over there, like he's really and communication is for a coach, community is probably one of the most important things you hear Jeff van Gundy talk about this all the time when guys are running out to call ball screen early loud and continuous, right? You want players talking early loud and continuous? Well, that's delo. And so when it comes to being a little man, one of the things you got to do is, when towns is up, redirecting the ball handler and the rollers rolling, if you're the low man on the backside and you've got to come and pick up that roller. A lot of times those people are a lot bigger than D'angelo Russell. And he's been able to do that. And then he's also been willing to take charges which we've never really seen before from him. And the other thing that defense requires in the NBA is extra efforts. You need multiple efforts within a possession. And so Deangelo Russell, he wouldn't always be willing to go close out Ryan and a guy that was open. Like in an in rotation situation, dela wasn't always willing to sprint out there. He is now. He's been doing a consistently all season long and you've got to give up the flowers when they are doing dental Russell deserves a lot of credit for completely changing his philosophy to defensive end. Yeah, I mean, look there's younger guys in this team. I mean, even Anthony Edwards, he had CJ in the fourth quarter who didn't really do much in a tight game. He didn't really even get I think he got two shots off. I think three on the log chart. But I remember one play where McCollum's going through to the other side of the paint and it's following him and then aunt sees Covington driving. And I don't know if that I think that was just a straight up freelance instinct move on him because it wouldn't have made any sense that that was some rule. And he just stayed. He was like, it's late enough the way he's driving, you know what I'm here, and I was like, you know, maybe a special passer burns you on that, but he does not expect in Covington to do it. And there's just little instinctual stuff that makes way more sense now defensively where I felt like there were so many times last year where even if you were close to the game, I'm like, oh, they're going to fall apart. They're going to fall apart again. And they were just kind of easy to pick apart. But I like this team. I do. I mean, you're 8 and three now and the last 11, number one, I think offensive ratings since January 3rd going into last night, net rating. It was like fourth. And what I do like is they even Jaden who struggled and Vanderbilt who you have to watch the Timberwolves enough to appreciate what Vanderbilt brings because he's just kind of that in between glue gun. I like that you have a lot of people even towns even Nas, like there's just a lot of players on the team that are comfortable with the balls and the ball in their hands. Not that you're going to run ISO for 8 different guys, but it's a rotation that is now we know exactly what the rotation is, which was always the case. And everybody seems comfortable with the basketball..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"With a frontal attack. It is a front line. Right. Look, there was original reporting that after the season and this was not made public that rich Paul met with the sixers and they said, we'll help you. Let's find a tree. Let's find a trick. At that point you say, let's work together. Look, even if you don't have leverage, guess who does have leverage? That guy. He's got left everywhere. All over the league. He's got leverage. So if rich ball came to you and said, you're better off without him? He's better off without you. Let us help you. Let's find a deal. You get it done then, and you would have had that help. Instead, now, he's not helping you. You guys are adversaries now for God's sakes. If you think Ben's lying says lying. You know if that report is true and rich Paul did go to the sixers and they did have that sound sober, right headed rational conversation, then the move by Simmons to publicly announce that he is not going to show up for training camp is puzzling to say that was back. That was actually. I understand. But what happened between those two moments? If they were in a cooperative mood, now I think Daryl's hand was screwed by the combination of Doc Rivers and Joel embiid in the heat of the moment coming out and saying what they said. That put there in an impossible position right then and there, the playoffs are over. Everybody saw with their own two eyes, what happened? With Simmons. And then Doc and embiid basically created the environment that was going to be very difficult for Simmons to navigate with the Philly had to have gone behind the channels and said, look, we know what those guys said. It was heat of the moment. We love you. Please come play. Him playing is it was his best leverage? All through this, it continues to be his best leverage. And I don't agree with the idea that it's a diminishing asset. And the reason I don't is because the NBA market is a dynamic market. It's not a fixed market. It changes on a weekly basis. It changes on nearly a daily basis. We will know from, you know, all the way up to December the 15th, which is the first kind of interesting date on the calendar when all of the free agents from the summer are eligible to be assets in trades. That will be one kind of moment and then between December the 15th and the trade deadline will have a whole nother set of opportunities to examine, but in that time frame, it's kind of a free option for Daryl, right? Just sit tight, see how the league develops, some teams are going to feel like they need to be buyers and they might point of view on who is an eligible candidate for Ben Simmons. It's going to change because of whatever's going on with their local situation. Well, December 15th is the date. That's when all the contracts that you sign in this summer become tradable like an extensions too, like somebody like Marcus smart. This is what I don't understand. I don't understand how he has leverage. Everybody says, well, yeah, then all of these things become available. Why, why am I trading a star to get Ben Simmons? If I'm another team, I'm going, what if he doesn't like it here? Then I got to put up with all this bullshit. Like, no way. I'm not doing this. Yeah, but that they're talking about. That's a different calculus, right? Now you're talking about the devil that you know versus the devil that you don't know. Like, at some point, Karl Anthony towns in Minnesota, like that relationship. We just keep watching them pile up losses, and you know, you know, the other night, right? About kind of a winning character. Does that guy possess? Year after year after year, but could he in a different kind of situation? Flourish where he, you know, the whole thing is different and maybe the Timberwolves looking at their situation to build a young team. We want a younger team. Let's go young. Let's buy ourselves 5 years. Right here. And let's just see if we can be a running gun team. The guy from Chris Finch from from Toronto might have a team character in mind and maybe the two sides at the T wolves say, we love you. You've been a beloved son here. It's time to move on. Would welcome it, wouldn't he? And like, here's the opportunity. That's got to be a three teamer if that happens. The other thing is that guy had affair with this secretary or whatever. And Daryl's boy, he's gone. He doesn't feel anymore. Who knows? I'm talking about hypotheticals out there about situations changing on the ground. What do you think's going on in Portland? You think they're happy there? Maybe maybe maybe not, but I will say this if I'm bringing in if again, I'm looking at it through the prism of, I'm bringing in Ben Simmons, okay? And what if he doesn't like his situation here? We see what links he has gone to now to.
"chris finch" Discussed on The Lowe Post
"You throw a party if you're if you're league average in anything for the since two thousand four so let's pretend ben simmons just doesn't go there. This was already. I'm doing my team. Depth depth charts row. Thirty teams projecting rotations. This was immediately apparent to me as particularly after the acquisition of patrick beverley. This was immediately apparent to me as one of those interesting teams in the league. There's a lot of meat on the bonders stuff to analyze here in part because after missing on jerry kover trading a pig to the warriors in the russell deal so that's two straight lottery tickets that you lit on fire. There's a lot of pressure on this team to get into the play tournament this year or at least if the play in term and ends up being hard to get into these be in that race toward the end. There's just a lot going on here. There's a lot of different you could. You could throw out five different potential starting fives for this group and i would say any of those could be in play. I have guess as to what it will be on opening night but it's really just an educated. Guess what's interesting let's zoom way out what's again. Leave simmons decide. What's the biggest on-court question you have for these guys. What's the thing day one that you're going to be like i want. I'm watching the game with this in mind. Figure out the powerful position and what. They're gonna do there now obviously. That's one of the reasons they've been going after. Simmons maybe he could be a pseudo draymond green type of a situation but if they don't have him than it's looking like most likely jared vanderbilt as you're starting power for now he's a rebounding machine super productive on the glass that way but he's a little bit undersized he doesn't give them a lot of rim protection and they need someone next to karl anthony towns to help get crushed on the on the boards and that has been a huge problem. I believe they were there. First of all their defense was a disaster and it was particularly disastrous. when chris africa's venture took over. And i don't think. Chris finch i think unfortunately it has to do someone with the fact that all three of the wolves best offense players were healthy and available for some or all of that stretch. Their defense went completely down the tubes. And as you mentioned. I think they were twenty nine hundred thirtieth defensive rebounding in that in that stretch they were and they were twenty twenty-ninth in defense and defensive efficiency so i mean they were hammered points the whole time and chris finch certainly got the offense humming In part because he actually had towns in russell edwards altogether ryan. Sanders never really had that in his time here. But he certainly organized. The offense did well but they just get hammered on the glass. They cannot finish possessions defensively and so they're constantly give me a second chance points more bites at the apple and they didn't really address power forward at all in the off season they resigned jeered vanderbilt on a on a very modest contract. He was sneakily like plus three point. Nine points per one hundred possessions on the floor according to clean the glass so he's very active. He's a he's a good defensive minded guy can guard multiple positions. But when you're looking at you know what are they going to do. To mitigate that issue next to towns when you want towns out near the perimeter threes and and doing things like that. That's that's where you kind of got figured out. They try jade mcdaniels at the four they. They've gone small with him. Sometimes i think ideally they want him at the three long-term but they don't really have a good option at that at that four spot unless vanderbilt just turns into dennis rodman and and really kind of changes things up that way. So that's going to be the big question going in. Because they're pretty set russell edwards mcdaniels or beasley and towns at the five. You know the that's the one question mark that they have in this lineup..
"chris finch" Discussed on The Lowe Post
"But yeah this probably changes the equation a little bit. we'll see. I loved the idea of simmons and towns together. I think that's that makes a lot of sense for obvious. Reasons simmons and edwards. I think i think anything edwards will take time any any ball dominant perimeter player plus edwards. I think we'll take time. That's the nature of a twenty year. Old guy who frankly flashed some really interesting borderline star potential with the ball in the last twenty games of last season. can we. Do you have any parting. Simmons thoughts or can we transition to the actual minnesota timberwolves as exist. Now i would just say really quickly. I have gotten questions from timber. Wolves fans like. We really want simmons like what why. Why are the timber wolves. So in on him. And i do think it's the pairing with towns as a floor spacing big also. I do think with edwards. They see a scenario where it's edwards in towns as the fulcrum of the offense late and sit where philly ran into trouble with simmons was when they needed more out of simmons. Offensively late in fourth quarters and this way with this construction. He would not be relied upon to do that. And so he could be more effective for the timber wolves in that kind of a role than he was for the sixers as the robin to To him vs batman from an from an offensive standpoint. And that's why you are hearing the wolves be so aggressive in this trying figure out a way where other teams might be more dip in their toes into the water a little bit. I remember robin coming coming up clutch. Would batman needed him. I remember robin really stepping up to the plan. Never liked robbins out didn't like robbins. Outfits didn't like robbins color scheme. Didn't really like the whole idea of robin. Didn't like the christopher nolan origin. Story for rob robin but i do think he came up clutch. Would it matter. Let's talk about the actual timber. Wolves who by the way. The good transition about ben simmons and how he'd fit they do have one of the most creative offense of coaches in the nba increase. Finch and their offense went through right up towards league average. When chris finch took over they shot a lot more threes. They became a lot more modern. We know that he loves to invert the floor with his big men distributing and all that stuff from from the elbows great offensive coach and for the by the way for the minnesota temporal league average offense..
"chris finch" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"So like is there something there? What do and, and also just, what do they do with Sue Clifford? I mean, my name is, it could be a circumstance where I don't know, exact contract situation where they like, kind of let him out. He's for two reasons. One Clifford is more of a, he's a wonderful for raising coach, and that's not what they need right now, because they're going to get a premium draft guy said here, they're kind of moving into a different phase. Even if Clifford is a very good coach, you still might want somebody different who kind of sets the table for Wednesday is going. And so, there might be a circumstance where they kind of mutually part ways. It's possible. I just want to point out that the mo Bamba sounds is is thriving over the last name. Games. It's playing 20 minutes a night. 11 points 7.6 rebounds 1.7 Blocks. He's making over a three per game. I'm enjoying the mo Bamba experience. It's probably not going to be a great pick at number six, where they took him, but I'm enjoying the experience, nonetheless. Yeah, I'm going to have fun watching. I'm going to try to watch more film on him in the offseason. I'd spend such a such a whirlwind. Yeah, right now in the office, have been so abysmal that I think watching watching some dedicated film will probably be better off. I've watched, I've watched you mean, I've watched the magic but I don't have I don't have an opinion yet. Yeah. The Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to get a lot of games here. Late in potentially push themselves out of that Golden State pick. So, I think that they're hoping that they land in the top four. Obviously to keep that pic, in, then AM stations this summer get interesting because they theoretically have like a potential core. Like they have Karl towns Anthony Edwards, D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and those guys have them. Together a time. Like, I would imagine that they want to see those guys. I also am a big, Jaden, McDaniels guy based off of what we've seen so far. His ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and be very disruptive. Defensively wage has been really effective for them. I'm the Wolves also don't have catfish. I mean, whether it's the the decision to functionally, I mean there was other things involved but to swap Johnson for Ricky Rubio that was largely a decision to punt on spending power. Not even just cap space there. So close they're so close to the tax that if the pick up they keep their pick, they would have to shed salary in order to duck under that. There are ways that Minnesota can do that, but that is a real challenge for Garrison, rosis and their front office. They, they already hired their coach, so they took to deal with that which is going to be interesting. I've, I've liked with Chris Finch has done so far and yeah, I think though and it's weird that there are certain parallels to where the Wolves were last year, just because they had such a Star-Crossed snake-bit season where they didn't get to see Russell towns and Edwards together enough. So they're going to have to do some of that evaluation next year, but the consequences of that aren't particularly dire because there wasn't any, they weren't didn't lose any flexibility like that. That was going to have to happen later anyway. Yeah, I mean, do you think there's a case for like trying to make a move on like, page? One of these leader?.
Wolves fire Saunders, hire Finch as new coach
"We've got a head coaching change in the nba. The timber wolves have fired head coach. Saunders but i. I had a game to play brian. Sanders was coaching against the guy. He replaced tom sibito of the new york knicks. Having a great season there is game. Went down to the wire. Karl anthony towns had shot in the post to try and take the lead with thirty seconds left over his former teammate. Taj gibson but it rimmed out on a rim in madison square garden. Where the ball. Just capterra women out on sunday and that was ryan saunders. Final quarter as head. Coach of the minnesota timberwolves took over for his late father. Flip saunders in twenty nineteen thirty four year old had a string of injuries to deal with and played many many close games and the timber wolves already have saunders replacement chris finch who was a raptors assistant coach. This season has been given a multi year deal by the minnesota timberwolves to coach them full time. It's a rare move to pluck an assistant from another team. Mid season to take over job just doesn't happen very often. Usually the team that fires a head coach just moves their assistant over for a while at the very least when the full job search can be done until the full job search can be done in the off season but they had been looking at chris finch for a long time in fact he interviewed in twenty nineteen when ryan saunders was eventually given the job and finch like his good friend raptors head coach. Nick nurse coached abroad for a longtime uk. Germany and belgium then moved to the g. league and then was assistant in the nba for a decade. And he's an offensive specialist who worked with james harden in zion. Now he'll have the chance to work with karl. Anthony towns anthony edwards.
"chris finch" Discussed on Premium Hoops
"So i really anticipate that he'll come back like better than definitely like better looking a lot. Better than he was when he went out Just give them the work that he put it on the summer training in vegas and l. a. with the rest of the team and on zone so i've always got like a little sauce lot for pascal. This hard not to like. I think you bring up really points. Like i always try and remember. I mean two seasons ago. He was a role player coming off the bench and naive even averaging ten points per game and now look worries at. I mean like. That's so. I think it's not even necessarily tempering. Expectations is just realizing lake. Okay this guy went from being like pretty under recruited playing at a small school and then having a very small role to a pretty sizable role. Now the biggest role on the team. That's a massively taken three years like i think it's so easy to forget that And that's where i'm at too. I think it sounds cliche to say but it almost might be for the best for the raptors. They won out the way they did. Because it forces you to kind of reexamine where you're at in how you're approaching things and then you come back the next year so i think that's kind of where i'm at on pascal. Headed in he's a great. Do so i yeah. I'm excited for his growth. Yeah surprising like sorry. It wasn't like. I think a lot of tronto fans in like media tronto media probably not the rest of the media but intimidated them to go a lot farther than they did like honestly the celtics were only the like that. They had to go against them because they were kind of the only team that had their number. It was a really tough match up like it was going to be a tough assignment. They probably had within the bubble but then looking at the rest of like how the rest of the playoffs chicago. I was kinda like damn like they could probably be like most of these other teams but they just didn't really have the runway for it and if someone like pascal is a contributing or like having an explosive like having reliably explosive nights. That you've seen in be able to do. That's what makes him such a difference maker. then they're very slat like super flat on the floor. And i guess that's the trouble is some of my past. Gal is like explosive players. In general like how do you get them to channel that lay rare combustive quality. And like bring you know game after game because that's what makes them so special sometimes if there and sometimes it's not by being. That unreliable is tough when you get into a playoff situation. Yeah definitely and i think that was what was so different this year. Compared to last year. I guess to feels like last year two years ago. I actually just stop even mentioning dates at this point. Because i don. I don't even know what it is. But i mean that's what was so different like i mean he took on inquires role essentially in the. He's not ready for that yet. And that's fine like i mean koiwa state. You took like thirty seven shots in one game against philly. if i remember correctly like That's something i'm really excited about for this team moving forward. Because i think bringing chris finch was i. I remember saw notification. My first thought was damn. I wish the pacers had signed him. But then my second thought was. Wow that is awesome for the raptors like Obviously incredible offensive mine really well established and well whites coach I think he's kind of what's been missing a little bit earlier..