Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wolves Updates 12/28

Mike James on the reception he received during his return to Toronto:
"They tried to boo me at the beginning, and it was kind of cute," James said after the Wolves lost 100-97 to the Raptors. "That is just all fun."

Garnett on the loss to the Raptors:
"We had a lot of opportunities to win the game," Garnett said. "As long as you give yourself a chance to win, that's all you can ask for. But a loss is a loss."

Stephen Litel on what he sees as Coach Casey's biggest flaw.

Tony Mejia/CBS Sportsline thinks Randy Foye needs to spend less time on the bench:
Foye needs more than the 18 minutes he's averaging this month, because he has to become more aware of ways to overcome his limitations. It has to be trial and error.

In their Western Conference Wrap, SLAM Online names Foye and Craig Smith to their Western All-Rookie Team.

Garnett on why Sam Mitchell and his Raptors are 5-0 against the Wolves:
"I'm sure he gets up for Minnesota," Garnett said of Mitchell, his mentor into the NBA when he arrived in 1995. "Something to prove to [Wolves VP of basketball operations Kevin] McHale. He could have brought [Mitchell] in, interviewed him for a coaching [job]. I know that, when he was an assistant in Milwaukee [2002-04], he was trying to get on the staff here, and I think they went in another direction."

Craig Smith on Foye:
"Definitely, he's always been a big-time player, especially in the clutch. He always comes up with the shots like that. He beat us a couple of times with some game-winners," said Smith about Foye, who scored a career-high 25 points against the Bulls. "He pretty much has seen every situation imaginable. No surprise at all, especially not to me. I knew he was capable of doing this the whole time."

Assistant GM Rob Babcock on Mike James:
"Mike is still adjusting to a new system but I'm convinced he will have a good year," Babcock said.