During the season, NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners and Jim Reilly will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog. East, Week 1 | West, Week 1 | East, Week 2 | West, Week 2 | East, Week 3 | West, Week 3 | East, Week 4

Martin C. Sumners

Team in Transition
With Kevin Garnett, the Big Ticket, in Boston, the Timberwolves are a team in transition. The team is now led by 20/10 man, Big Al, Al Jefferson. Actually, as of today, heís a 19.5/11.1 man, but my third grade teacher, Miss Copeland, taught me to round up like that and 19.5 along with 11.1 does not ring as well as 20/10. By the way, there is an NBA connection with Miss Copeland. Her cousin, Hollis Copeland, played for the New York Knicks in the early 1980s.

Anyway, the links below have little to do with my elementary education or whoís the bigger man in Minnesota. They, however, do highlight that the Wolves site is no longer focused on one superstar. This shift has produced some excellent content that even extends to covering the opponent.

On hump-day of last week, the Wolves were about to face the Kings and ultimately garner the seasonís first win. At shootaround, in Kings Chatter, the staff of Timberwolves.com spoke with the league's second leading scorer Kevin Martin. The staff also caught up with Ron Artest. The two Kings spoke about the otherís game and the Wolves.

On TGIF, the Wolves hosted the Wizards and in the post-game locker room got a hold of the one called, for now, Nacho. There, you may be able to get a glimpse into the world of Gilbert Arenas as you can hear him in an audiophile talk about winning in Minnesota for the first time and not being able to keep up with his own trash talk.

In From a Fanís Perspective, a season ticket holder is interviewed about the new branding of the franchise. And Timberwolves TV analyst Jim Petersen breaks down the Western Conference and gives his early season predictions on how things will finish in the heavily stacked conference. Finally, in the Mad Dog Diary, Mark Madsen, gives advice on the politics of high school sports.


Defense + Defense = Wins
Grizz guard Casey Jacobsen in his latest blog post reflects on the poor 2-5 start of the Grizzlies. Not ready to hit the panic button, but the team realizes that defense is the key.

B. Shaw Y'all
In Brian Shaw: The Eternal Voice of Reason, Jeff Skibiski, reflects on Shaw as a Laker in the second iteration of the Shaw-Shaq Redemption as he helped ignite a comeback in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conf. Finals, and now as a calming voice on the Lakers staff.

On the Road
Blazers television play-by-play voice Mike Barrett in his blog discusses two tough road losses, one to Philadelphia after holding a big fourth quarter lead and to Washington sans Nacho.

On the Road Again
Andrew Nicholson of Kings.com traveling with the team notes the on the court action and the humorous moments like rookie Spencer Hawes trying to get the veteran Brad Miller's bags through security.

The Music Man
There's trouble right there on the Riverwalk. Bill Schoening, The Radio Voice of the Spurs reveals that Fabricio Oberto loves music and needs a bigger Ipod.

Kerr Returns to TV
Former TNT broadcaster and now Suns President of Basketball Operations/GM Steve Kerr debuts in a new monthly segment on Suns.com TV called Kerr's 3-Points of Emphasis.

Much Ado About Nothing
Nuggets television play-by-play man Chris Marlowe references William Shakespeare in one of his blog entries and comments in another on the clothing stylings of Nuggets players and staff.

My Name is Stephen
Stephen Jackson, who recently played in his first game of the 2007-08 season after serving a suspension for off-court, off-season indiscretions was busy during that time reaching out to others in the Bay Area community.

The Best for Last
We reward those who wade through the Conference Call blog with the new Mavericks dancers section.