Saturday, March 17, 2007

Wolves Updates 3/17

According to The Rake, Steve Aschburner will continue working for the Star Tribune til the end of the Wolves season. Aschburner was one of 24 employees who accepted a buyout from the paper earlier this week.

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
The Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett said Friday he strongly supports Randy Wittman returning as coach next season but stopped short of repeating a reported comment that the all-star forward doesn't want to be in Minnesota if Wittman isn't retained...

When asked about that comment, Garnett said, "I don't want to be here if they're going to keep changing coaches. I think Witt's... half of a year doesn't really solidify who you are. I think you need a lot more time with your players to implement your whole system. I think he sort of came in and sort of tried to clean up the mess that's been here. That's what he's trying to do. I don't think it's fair to him (to give him only half a season)."

Coach Wittman on KG's comments:
Players do get emotionally involved in a coach, Wittman said. "Good and bad," he said. "As a player, you gain confidence of somebody or, understand a coach, you feel more comfortable with him. There are others that feel the other way, too."

Jamey Eisenberg/CBS Sportsline on Garnett's "frustration."

Portland's Brandon Roy on a conversation with Randy Foye during All-Star weekend:
"He said," Roy recalled, "'Hopefully one day me and you can be the guards of the future, the guys that carried the NBA, the Kobes, the Tracys. Hopefully, one day we can be that.'

Jessica Camerato/Hoopsworld talks to Foye about Villanova in the NCAA tournament.