“Aussie Shaq” or the “Blunder from Down Under?”

Kevin McHale may be gone, but his constant search for a "needle in a haystack" NBA center remains.

The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired 6-foot-10, 285-pound man-child Nathan Jawai in a trade from the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. The trade was considered too good to pass up, as all the Wolves had to give up was a very conditional second-round pick.

This trade doesn’t amount to much really. However, while searching for information on Jawai, I of course went to his Wikipedia page (never a good idea for journalistic practices, but useful for this blog’s purposes). Here’s a link.

It says on it that he’s been nicknamed "Baby Shaq" or "Aussie Shaq" because he bears a resemblance to the Cleveland Cavaliers all-word 7-footer.

I love it when players are called "Baby Shaq" or "Baby Jordan." It’s the kiss of death, really.

It also reminds me of when the Timberwolves had a forward named Charles Shackleford back when I was a kid. He had a game where he scored like 20 points – a ton by Shackleford standards – and then-Wolves broadcaster Kevin Harlan tossed out every Shaq name he could think of every time Shackleford scored.

"Oh, what a move by the Shack Diesel!"


Also, for those who wish to tune in to "Sports Talk" on 970-AM from 1-2 p.m. today, we’ll have North Dakota State volleyball coach Erich Hinterstocker to talk about the team’s lengthy Summit League win streak. We’re also going to discuss my colleague Jeff Kolpack‘s hatred of the New York Yankees – I’ll certainly chime in on that – and the latest on the Timberwolves. Should be a bad year for the Wolves, but without Kevin Love and Al Jefferson, how bad will it really be?

Tune in. And feel free to call in and be a part of the show at (701) 293-9000.