Simons Says - Sept. 27, 2012

It’s very busy around Target Center these days. Rush and Geddy Lee were in just a few days ago. The Lynx are keeping the joint jumpin’ as they prepare for the playoffs and another title run. These ladies aren’t going to stop short of back to back crowns. They are loaded and ready for playoffs, no question about it.

It’s become very busy because down the halls and a few locker rooms away, the Wolves are back too. All those new faces are showing up. These are the guys who are going to make things happen for Team Adelman starting this fall. Brandon Roy bouncing around the facility. Ricky Rubio rehabbing his surgically repaired knee as his mates work out and play pick-up games. They are all coming. Big Nikola Pekovic has been in full speed practice for weeks and looks just great. And the man is here too.

Kevin Love is making the media rounds and showing a good spirit as he prepares for a playoff run with his Timberwolves. If you didn’t see it, Love’s appearance on the Target Field pitchers mound was pretty cool as the Twins hosted the New York Yankees Wednesday. Love has become the face of this franchise. Locals love him and they love his passion for perfection. His teammates are appreciative and excited to have him back, healthy and confident about the upcoming season. Love IS the man here.

A few fans weighed in with questions as camp opens:

Donald in Rochester wrote: “Will Love’s teammates hold any grudges for his statements during the off-season about the need to upgrade the team?”

Donald, thanks for the note. You know, I actually asked Big Pek about this very point a few weeks ago when he headlined our 100th GameON! taping. Pek told me, quoting, “There is no problem with any of us. We all want to get better, we (players) know we have to get more veteran players on the team so we can get better. He (Love) was saying what many of us were thinking.” So, no. What might have come off as perhaps arrogant or pushy in the press was actually just Love being Love. The kid wants to win and get into the playoffs. They all do. He’s good to go. Great question, thanks for taking the time.

Suzanne in Woodbury: “I have heard you on your show and on radio saying that the Wolves are a playoff team this season. Seriously?!” Suzanne, thanks for the note and yes, I do believe they will eek, yes…eek, their way into the post-season. I like the pieces with which coach Rick Adelman has to work. I’ll explain more and break down the roster in much more detail over the next few weeks but yes. If the Wolves can stay healthy, we’re in business.

Billy in New Hope: “You mentioned on your show that you had a short visit to LA. Are my Lakers still the best team in Southern California?”

You do watch the show. That little nugget of information went by quickly in our last broadcast, thanks for watching. Anyhow, last year with the arrival of Chris Paul and others teamed with Blake Griffin, I would have said the Clips owned LA. They are making a run for favored status again as I picked up an LA Times the other day and saw a big banner in which the Clippers proclaimed REPRESENT with a game shot of CP3. Unfortunately, with Kobe, Pau and Dwight Howard’s arrival then throw in a guard named Steve Nash, and you have trouble. Some don’t agree with me but I see the Lake Show as one of the best in the league and certainly in the West. Billy, your Lakers still own SoCal. By the way, you need to make better friends with the home team. C’mon, Show ‘em some love. So let it begin. Basketball is back. No lockout. No replacement refs. No work stoppage. The Wolves are ready to run. I love this time of the year.

Still a “deal”

With more than 9,000 season tickets, the Timberwolves are still offering fans customizable ticket packages. Fans once again have the opportunity to create their own multi-game ticket package at the prices they want. Through the Flex Pack, fans can build a personalized ticket package by selecting 12 or more games of their choice, with the flexibility to change seat location, the number of tickets per game and price point based on the matchup. They start as low as $108! Additionally, fans that purchase 16 games will receive 5% off their total order, while buyers of 20 games will receive 10% off. Flex Packs are on sale and will be available at the Minnesota State Fair before it ends next week. To purchase a Flex Pack, log on to or call 612-673-1234.

TV Time

You know that GameON! is on FOX’s MY29 and now the Wolves tell us that a franchise-record 78 regular-season games will be televised locally, including 50 on Fox Sports North and 25 on the Wolves' exclusive over-the-air broadcast home, WFTC My29. For the second consecutive season, every Wolves regular season contest will be carried live on News Radio 830 WCCO-AM.

The 2012-13 Wolves Home Opener vs. Sacramento will be broadcast on WFTC MY29, beginning a string of 36 consecutive televised games to start the season.

See you on TV

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GameON! powered by SEVEN allows you the opportunity to get up close and personal, to meet your favorite players and fellow fans at our weekly tapings next door to Target Center at SEVEN (7th and Hennepin). GameON! offers in-depth interviews with the top players, great food, sports newsmakers and we get you inside your favorite teams (including the Wolves). You can friend us on Facebook @ GameOnTvMN and drop me a note, We reserve the right to use your e-mails here in SimonsSays at

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