Sunday, February 25, 2007

Wolves Updates 2/25

Mike James on playing for the Wolves:
"At times it's like putting an oval block in a circle piece," said James. "It looks like it's going to fit. It seems like it's going to fit, but no matter how hard you try, it just doesn't seem like that fit is there. It's been kind of difficult. Maybe I can sand down the sides of the oval shape and force it to be a circle."

KG on the Sonics retiring Spencer Haywood's jersey:
"I'm forever grateful to him for leading the way," Garnett said last week. "Without Spencer Haywood there would be no Bill Willoughby, Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone or myself. I'm very happy that he's being recognized for all of his accomplishments and is receiving the recognition he deserves. I want to congratulate him on having his number retired."

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
The Timberwolves, occasionally chastised by their coach for thinking of "me" instead of "we," have a greater problem right now: being thought of as wee.

Israel Gutierrez/Miami Herald wonders how McHale "manages to get away clean."

A preview of this afternoon's game against the Wizards.


Coach Wittman on KG's comment "thank god for opt-outs":
"Kevin's a professional," Wittman said. "He comes every night to play. I'm not worried about Garnett coming to play or playing well. Sure, he's frustrated a little bit."

According to Charley Walters/Pioneer Press, "people who know say " KG could have been traded to the Bulls before last summer's draft for Tyson Chandler, Luol Deng, their 2006 draft pick, and the draft pick they're getting this summer from the Knicks. Walters says the Wolves "wouldn't entertain the offer."

Walters also writes:
Regardless, look for the Wolves, despite a huge financial cost, to start over with new players after the season. And for assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg to become the chief decision maker in the organization.

The Bulls, by the way, also were interested in Hoiberg to work in their front office after he was forced to retire as a player because of heart complications.