Sunday, January 14, 2007

Wolves Updates 1/14

Owner Glen Taylor on Eddie Griffin's suspension:
"I will tell you this," Taylor said during halftime of Saturday's game. "Because of Eddie's history, we did have language in the contract he signed that might have covered this situation. But the NBA and the union signed a new labor agreement since then, and it says that a team can't give a suspension to a player -- a drug suspension -- that's longer than the league suspension.

"I would say it's doubtful that the language we put in Eddie's contract would allow us to go beyond the five-game suspension he's serving from the league."

Patrick Reusse on Eddie Griffin:
When the five games are over, Griffin will be gone. He also will stand as another example that when a team signs a player who has shown himself to be an idiot elsewhere, the odds are a fraction under 100 percent he will prove to be an idiot in Minnesota.

The eagerly awaited T-Hud record, "Undrafted" is scheduled to come out on April 17.

KG after the Nets game:
“Just because you have a lot of energy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not tired,” said Garnett ... “Lord knows I was. But it’s part of the league, and I’m pretty used to it.”

Wolves guard Marko Jaric missed his fourth game in the past seven because of a sprained right thumb, and Casey indictated Jaric might be out awhile longer.

Mad Dog blogs about Jerry West and Jason Kidd:
All I can say is that Jason Kidd must be like the really expensive kind of French Cheese that gets better and better with age.

Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune suggests that if the team "wanted to pick up some frontcourt help and weren't sheepish about turning their $4.2 million trade exception into actual salary (pushing over the luxury-tax threshold), they could go after Charlotte's Melvin Ely."

In the wake of recent injuries in the league, Aschburner also talks about the "risk Kevin Garnett takes on every time he leaps high to block a shot that won't count anyway."

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
It will be surprising if Fred Hoiberg, right, doesn't take over Timberwolves basketball operations next summer.

From the Pioneer Press:
Timberwolves public address announcer Rod Johnson was named the state champion auctioneer at the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association in St. Cloud and advances to national competition in San Diego in July.

Jim Souhan/Star Tribune on how signing free agents hasn't been too beneficial for local sports teams.