Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wolves Updates 3/10

Stephen Litel (SportsPage Magazine, Wolves Hoops Blog) kicked off his new position as a writer on the City Pages Sports Blog with a recap of last night's game.

Charley Rosen/Fox Sports examines Garnett's performance in the loss to Miami:
For sure, Garnett was all-this and all-that and all-everything. But he simply lacks the sheer force, will-power, and clutch playoff performances that make an All-Star a franchise player.

Heat coach Pat Riley on Garnett not having "a real dominant sidekick":
"He's never had that over four or five years, and had that develop. He's had a lot of good players there, and he's always made it a very good team. So I'm sure he's probably pretty frustrated with it. But he'll have his day. He's still very young."

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
Wolves coach Randy Wittman said that NBA officials confirmed that the referees erred in Boston on Sunday and that Ricky Davis in fact had shot a three-pointer late in the first overtime. But the Wolves still had no recourse to appeal or change the outcome.

Mike James on his role with the team:
"It looked good," James, the former Heat point guard, said of signing with Minnesota, "but I just feel like it hasn't been a real good fit for me here. I don't think that it's a mutual (appreciation) of what I do or how I play on the court. But there's no excuses."

James added:
"All I can do is stay professional, and we'll just re-evaluate everything when the season is over with."

Sam Smith/Chicago Tribune on whether the Bulls would go after Pau Gasol or KG should the latter opt-out of his contract after next season:
I think the window for both has closed...And If Garnett walks away, I believe it is to L.A. He's not a classic low-post presence, anyway, but fits the Bulls' aggressive, defensive style. I don't see him choosing Chicago, but you never know with him as little he's done so far makes that much sense.

Kelly Dwyer/ puts Garnett at #3 in his weekly player rankings.

Assistant GM Rob Babcock with a scouting report.

A preview of tonight's game at Atlanta.