NBA: what will the integration of Rudy Gobert into Wolves training look like?
To open things up today, Dane begins by talking about his friendship with the late great Jonathan Tjarks, who passed away on Saturday following a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer over the past 18 months.
Tjarks was a universally loved person in his Dallas and NBA communities, and a valued writer and podcaster at The Ringer, where he shared with revered conviction his unique perspective on the NBA, player rating and the draft. the NBA, but most importantly, about life.
Jon is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their two-year-old son, Jackson.
If you can, please consider donating to the GoFundMe which will directly support Jon’s family.
Editor’s Note: In March, Tjarks wrote an essay about battling cancer, his relationship with his late father, faith, how he often faced mortality in waiting rooms thinking about her son, Jackson, and what might happen to her son if Tjarks dies. His perspective on life stayed with me from the moment I finished reading.
“Does my son know you? is a beautiful piece that allows you to discover who Tjarks was. You can read it here.
So, Frederic Jace from The St. Paul Pioneer Press joins Dane on Today’s show to discuss how the Minnesota Timberwolves’ integration process for Rudy Gobert could play out this fall, both on and off ground.
Dane and Jace discuss what they saw of Gobert in the FIBA game this summer with the French national team, and what they think is and isn’t relevant of this game versus the NBA game. Additionally, they address how Gobert the person might fit into the wolf personality pecking order.
Plus, a discussion of how Anthony Edwards’ hurtful comments about LGBTQ+ could impact how he fits into the locker room as a leader this season.