Where: Wells Fargo Center, Phildelphia
When: 6:00 pm
See it: FSN
Hear it: WCCO 830 AM
The story out of Philly this season? Andrew Bynum’s hair is just dominating headlines. It’s growing out of proportion and critics are wondering if he’ll ever get it back into game shape.
It’s a fair question. The Timberwolves themselves have had some hair issues in their past. Think back to the Michael Beasley days. He himself had some hairdo issues as well. He tried out the Samurai Bun. No go. He tried out the Corn Rows. No go. He even dared attempt the afro.
Even this season, Wolves’ own Alexey Shved, the new, hip Euro-style swaggered-out guard came in with a ‘do dilemma. He came in with the idea that letting his long locks flow in the wind as he whipped up and down the floor would give the best results of both production and flair. What happened? His locks turned to sweaty dreads and drastically affected his shooting stroke and never supported his facial features in the right way. Not good.
A haircut brings up anyone’s day. You walk out of it feeling like a new you. People compliment you. You have confidence you’ve never had before. There’s just more pep in your step and people notice. Shved went through the shaggy-haired phase and decided it just wasn’t for him, so he cut it. And cut it short. And cut it good.
Now, Shved has turned into a leader in crunch time for the Wolves. Is it his playmaking ability? Is it his improved shooting? How about his secretly good defense?
Nope. It’s all in the ‘do.
Shved learned his lesson the hard way, which makes me think that Bynum will too. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling to sit in the barber’s chair and see chunks of your beautifully tamed mane fall off your shoulders to the floor but as the barber buzzes away, your newly clean scalp begins to gleam in confidence. It’s a proven fact.
As for on-the-court headlines, the Wolves are coming off a stout win at home against the Bucks. They’ve also had three days rest with a mental boost knowing that Rubio’s return is literally around the corner. The 76ers have underwhelmed this season — mostly because of Bynum’s obscure absence. Built around some awfully young pieces such as Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, the 76ers are certainly missing some much-needed experience in their starting lineup. They have Jason Richardson to help that cause but they also have Nick Young to hurt. It’s a lot of give-and-take in Philly but they’re lucky to have Doug Collins steering this ship.
Projected Starting Five:
Luke Ridnour — PG — Jrue Holiday
Malcolm Lee — SG — Jason Richardson
Josh Howard — SF — Evan Turner
Kevin Love — PF — Thad Young
Nikola Pekovic — C — Lavoy Allen (Yikes)