Talking Points: New job for Terry Porter?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
The Minnesota Timberwolves have interviewed Terry Porter for their recently opened position of head coach. Porter, if you remember, coached the Bucks from 2003-2005 and the Suns from 2008-2009, but was let go from both posts.
He did, however, lead Milwaukee to a surprising run to the playoffs despite having lost two of his key players.
His stint with Phoenix, on the other end, was considered a great underachievement, as the former Blazers point guard tried to slow down the Suns’ famed run ’n’ gun offense while never figuring out how to manage the egos of stars such as Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Minnesota might be a good fit for Porter, though. The Wolves finished with the league’s worst record last year, and have only one big name in Kevin Love, who’s about as arrogant as Gandhi. Porter might not have the stage presence you’d expect of a leading man, but he knows the game, and can garner respect from those who want to learn.
Yawn. No more Women’s World Cup. No Wimbledon. No British Open.
No NBA, NHL, NFL or NCAA.
This, typically, is the Great Sports Lull, where baseball highlights will sustain us for the next month or so, with a quick, four-day appearance from the PGA Championship.
Talking Points contends that early March through late June is sports’ finest three months — starting with the NCAA basketball tournament, which passes the baton to the Masters, which segues to the NHL and NBA playoffs and then the U.S. Open. But mid-July to mid-August? That’s just a month of peanuts and crackerjacks.
For you football fans out there, Talking Points No. 3 would like to say that Talking Points No. 2 doesn’t know what he’s talking about.