Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wolves News From The Pioneer Press

Although Casey has denied benching Garnett and Davis to protect their conditional first round pick, the NBA began "looking into" the situation on Monday. But because teams can now place any player on the inactive list, the Wolves are not likely to incur any penalties. Regardless, Mad Dog says "everyone is still treating each game like a playoff type of game."

Kevin McHale and Dwane Casey are expected to return next season. The Wolves are also expected to hire an assistant coach like Randy Wittman who has had previous experience as an NBA head coach.

Don't think for a moment that the Timberwolves' franchise player, Kevin Garnett, wasn't perturbed by his limited playing time Friday against Utah to give younger players on the team more minutes. And don't think that Garnett's absence on the Wolves' bench Sunday against Atlanta was because he needed to rehabilitate a knee.

The PiPress also has an article on (surprise, surprise) whether KG will stay on next season.
"The word trade has never even come up," coach Dwane Casey said. "That's not even been discussed with me, with (owner) Glen (Taylor) or with (team vice president) Kevin (McHale), with anybody. That's not even a part of the equation whatsoever. Our main thing is developing and giving these young guys minutes."

"Kevin Garnett's one of the great players in NBA history," NBA hall of famer Bill Walton said. "There's no question about it. But he's in the same situation as LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant. It's not how good you are, it's how good your teammates are. And how do you get out of that rut of where it's not happening?
"San Antonio is the classic example. You get guys like Nick Van Exel, Robert Horry, Michael Finley and Brent Barry to take less money to come in and be a part of something special. That's the challenge for Kevin Garnett and Minnesota is to create that environment where people say 'Hey, I want to go play with him.' "