Thursday, December 14, 2006

Updates Part II

Britt Robson/City Pages recaps last night's game.
To reiterate what I said in my last post, when James, Ricky Davis and Kevin Garnett can establish crisp, unselish ball movement, everybody benefits. When James and Davis can't break down defenses or otherwise compel opponents to stop double-teaming and trapping KG, their stats are ugly and the Wolves lose. So it was Wednesday night.

Coach Casey on taking McCants on the team's recent road trip:
"It's something we'd like to keep him around closer as time gets closer to him coming back," Casey said.

Garnett on the upcoming switch back to the leather balls:
"The ball issue is very sensitive but a very important issue," Garnett said. "It's how we make our living. It will be good to see the old leather back."

From Sid Hartman:
The Timberwolves are one of the teams affiliated with the Sioux Falls CBA basketball team, and now that ex-Gopher Vincent Grier has joined the Skyforce, there's a good chance he could wind up with the Wolves if they have an opening.

Fred Hoiberg, Timberwolves assistant general manager, describes the recent performance of Marko Jaric as "phenomenal."He's actually had a good season for us the whole year," Hoiberg said. "I think Marko Jaric may lead the league in deflections. You know, a lot of teams chart deflections, and he does as good a job as anybody getting his hands on balls."

Iverson rumors:
Boston Globe: With no deal in sight, Iverson's stock appears to have fallen dramatically. Possible suitors now sound skittish about acquiring the talented but notoriously difficult All-Star guard. Minnesota, Golden State, and Denver remain the front-runners, with Dallas, Indiana, Chicago, and the Clippers other possibilities. Boston could reemerge in the Iverson sweepstakes, but likely only as a trading partner in a three- or four-team deal.

CBS Sportsline: Minnesota's chances hinge on their willingness to part with rookie Randy Foye, which sources say isn't likely.