Thursday, October 05, 2006

More Training Camp Recaps

Starting lineup in Mankato so far:
Mike James, Trenton Hassell, Ricky Davis, Kevin Garnett and Mark Blount

Stephen Litel/SportsPageMagazine asks some of the players about, among other things, Vin Baker and the need for a big man
Mike James: “Vin has solidified himself in the league. Then, coming here, he’s going to help the younger players…and Craig is a good player also. Craig, at his size, athletic, can handle the ball, can shoot and can rebound the ball. He’s going to help on the inside and he’s going to surprise people because nobody knows him. He’s gonna sneak up on some people. He’s strong.”

and KG's SLAM interview
Mark Madsen: “I don’t think it put any more pressure on us. Kevin is very honest. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s not going to sugarcoat anything. He’s the leader of this team, what you see is what you get. He’s not going to say one thing privately and one thing publicly. When he sees guys who need pressure and need a kick in the butt, he’ll do it behind closed doors. I really respect him for that.”

Vin Baker on training camp:
"My stamina's getting better," said Baker, who played in Seattle when Casey was an assistant there. "Obviously, knowing coach Casey's plays, they're starting to click right back. That could have been an issue, but I know the majority of coach Casey's plays. Sometimes the (age) 34 shows up, when I first get to the gym, but once I get going it's back to business."