Maple Jordan Is Sorry
After a dominant 40-point game for Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto native has some apologizing to do.
With his superior athleticism, Wiggy has made a career out of putting opponents on posters, but putting them on a stretcher may be a first.
Firstly, credit to Noel for contesting a driving Wiggins. In today's NBA that's ridiculed for minimal defense, you'd be hard-pressed to find an NBA player with the timbits to get in front of a driving high-flyer and commit to this selfless play. Although, this block attempt and ugly sequence earned Noel a foul with a trip to the emergency room, where he was later diagnosed with a concussion.
Clearly no malicious intent from the Timberwolves' wing, however, the Canadian was quick to send his prayers and good wishes to Noel right after the game.
But that wasn't the only apologizing Andrew had to do after that game. After the Noel injury, a melee broke out between players, leading to Jeff Teague's ejection and a temper tantrum by Dennis Schroder. Here's what Wiggy had to say about Scroder's behaviour.
The 2014 first overall pick went straight to social media to clear things up.
And then he followed up that tweet with another one expressing his love for several communities that he may have offended.
Personally, as much as I try, I can't seem to keep up with these progressive times. I am not really sure what community the "I" and "A" represent but maybe Wiggy just threw in a couple extra letters for safe measure. Either way, at this rate, by 2024 we should have the whole alphabet covered.
This controversial soundbite came a day after Timberwovles' guard Derrick Rose told all fans who don't believe in him to kill themselves, when asked about the firing of Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau.
"I have a lot of confidence in myself," Rose said Monday. "Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. I mean, he jump-started my career again and for that, I'll always be thankful. But everybody that thinks that it's gonna stop, kill yourself. It's just not."
Then Rose doubled down when talking about the resurgence of his career this year.
"I had a kid at that time, my baby girl. And no teams wasn't looking for me at all. I was basically out of the league. And even coming here, everybody didn't know I was gonna play this way. Like, [Thibodeau] believed me. I believed in myself. My family believed in me. And my little guy Art believed in me. And we got it done. But like I said, think that I'm not gonna play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself."
Thankfully the 2011 MVP apologized on twitter before fans found the nearest bridge.
Ohh, he only meant the slang term "kill yourself' that all the kids are using these days....
Thibs may have been fired Sunday, but the PR guy in Minnesota has got to be next up. Suicide and homophobia are touchy subjects these days and the T-Wolves covered both in the span of 24 hours. Still waiting on the racist comment for the trifecta this week but I won't hold my breath.
Also, I will not allow a small slip of the tongue to overshadow a Canadian record Wiggins set Tuesday night.
The 2015 Rookie of the Year had a 40-point night with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals against the number one defense in the league. A Canadian double-double record (40-10) -- and you know how important a double double is to Canadians.
This came a week after the Wolves' wing joined some very elite company.
It's fairly difficult to be considered a bust when you make a list that the GOAT (MJ) isn't on, but that's the narrative American media will continue to stick with; especially when involving Canadian talent.
Not sure what caused this homophobic outburst and sending opponents to the hospital Tuesday night. But many are blaming this headline from earlier this year.
Marc J. Spears had this exchange with Host Rachel Nichols on The Jump regarding the play of Andrew Wiggins.
Firstly, unless you're Samuel L. Jackson, drop the middle initial from your name.
Secondly, we do make some pretty hilarious comedians.
This ignorant criticism has led the 2014 first overall bust to average 28.8 points in 2019.
Now without Coach Thibs around, Maple Jordan plans to show the Association why he was chosen as the centerpiece of Minnesota and why he gets paid more money than 99% of the league.