Sunday, December 31, 2006

Wolves Updates 12/31

Rashad McCants says he could be playing again in "a week-and-a-half, two weeks."
While admitting to some discomfort in his right knee and limitations on bad days, McCants said most of his workouts recently have been good. He said he hopes not to be on a short leash, in terms of minutes, when he does return first to full practices and then to games.

"That would be a rush-back process, wanting to come back if I wasn't ready," he said. "But when I'm 100 percent and the coach knows it, it won't be five minutes here, five minutes there. I'll be ready to play."

On having his UNC jersey honored today:
"I don't know anybody who goes in there hoping to be just another basketball player. I know I wasn't," McCants said. "It's special to be a part of [that tradition], but to be remembered is a great feat."

The Chapel Hill News refers to it as a "special day for North Carolina basketball."

Star Tribune on last night's game:
Marko Jaric sprained his right thumb in the second quarter and was done after a nine-minute stint. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day for Monday's game.

Coach Dwane Casey said he used Bracey Wright in the second half rather than Troy Hudson because he needed a sturdier body on Vince Carter.

Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune revisits Ndudi Ebi:
Guys drafted after him continue to shine and thrive, rubbing it in as to how helpful they might have been in a Minnesota uniform. Except that last week, two really, really shined and thrived.

Coach Casey on Randy Foye:
"Randy Foye is one of the most talented kids I've been around, and I've been around Rashard Lewis, Desmond Mason, a lot of guys," the Wolves coach said. "He's on that arc. But he's not there yet: One night he'll look like a million dollars and the next night he doesn't know what side of the floor he's on. Typical rookie play."

Casey on the numerous injuries in the league this season:
"We've been on the fortunate end, knock on wood," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said by phone from Minnesota before the Wolves dropped Seattle 101-82 Friday. "It hasn't really hit us like it has other teams and the league in general. There's been a lot already, which is very unusual. I don't think there's any real reason for it, just a fluke."