Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wolves Updates 10/22

From Steve Aschburner:
The Wolves, through six games, rank among the league's worst in turnovers with an average of 21.7. Fifty of their 130 giveaways have come from forwards or centers, led by Mark Blount's 19 and Garnett's 11.

While plenty of those have come from traveling calls, offensive fouls or just plain mishandling of the ball, Casey said that too many have been caused by backcourt players not passing properly to the big men. He said that, in an up-tempo game, the guards are responsible for delivering the ball the right way, at the right time.

Marko Jaric on the fact that, besides the starters, there's no set rotation for the team:
"I think it's still kind of a feeling-out process," Marko Jaric said. "We've played almost 12 players in every game. Maybe the coaches already know who they're supposed to put together in a game, but I think we're still just playing randomly and trying to find the right rhythm."

Garnett on the starters:
"Each game we're getting better," Garnett said. "In practice, when we get on the floor, we try to get better, not just at basketball but at knowing each other. Knowing everybody's tendencies. We're talking, we're communicating. It's a decent starting group, too, that presents a lot of advantages."

Quad-Cities Online says that an "older, wiser and even more mature" Ricky Davis returned to Iowa for a preseason game.

Rob Babcock on Mike James:
"Mike brings a real element of toughness to your basketball team, besides great offensive skills," Babcock said. "He can shoot the three with great range, and he can also put it on the floor, take it to the hole and finish it strong. More importantly, he has the desire and the ability to make big shots when the shot clock is going down. He'll step up and make more than his share."