Sunday, February 18, 2007

Wolves Updates 2/18

The league made the official announcement yesterday that the Wolves, Celtics, Raptors, and Grizzlies will be taking part in NBA Europe Live 2007. The schedule is available for the teams' training camps and exhibition games in various European cities. The Wolves will be holding their training camp in Istanbul. The team's October 6 game against Efes Pilsen Istanbul of the Turkish League will be the first time an NBA team has played in Turkey.

KG responds to the news about the team's preseason:
"I've done it before," Garnett said. "It's not one of the easiest things to do. It will be quite difficult."

The D-League's Fort Worth Flyers have acquired Ndudi Ebi.

From David Berri/The New York Times:
The losing in Minnesota has produced a pattern similar to Philadelphia’s. This season Minnesota is playing before capacity crowds on the road. But at home, where Minnesota fans are again seeing a team struggling to reach .500, Garnett plays before crowds that only fill 86 percent of the Target Center.
The tales of Iverson and Garnett highlight the basic pattern in the N.B.A. Home fans demand that their teams win games.

Randy Foye said he treated his intial lack of playing time as a "learning experience":
"If I said I wasn't frustrated at the beginning because I wasn't playing, I'd be lying."

Mike James on being replaced by Foye in the starting lineup:
"It's tough at times because I just feel like, if I'm not a fit here, then like they always say, if it ain't one place, it always can be another."

From Sid Hartman:
Owner Glen Taylor and the Timberwolves were losing $250,000 a month in trying to book shows at Target Center when Taylor decided to give the worry back to the city.