Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wolves Updates 3/20

Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press writes on Coach Wittman's belief that the team has no "leader that's going to control the locker room." Alonzo suggests that this could be why the players seem "more carefree than might be expected" on plane rides after losses. Ricky Davis disagrees.

"What we do on the plane doesn't have anything to do with what we do on the court," Davis said, explaining that the players take losses seriously. "I don't think there should be a disciplinary act if we lose, you can't play music, you can't play cards, something like that. What we do on the court shouldn't (directly influence) what we do on the plane. If the music's blasting and we're out there laughing and joking and we got beat, it's a different story."

While Wittman emphasizes the importance of having a vocal leader on the team, Trent Hassell says that Garnett, though not that person, is the team's leader.

"It don't matter if you have somebody (vocal) like that, if the other players don't want to do it, they're not going to do it," Hassell said. "Ticket's our leader. He does the right things. It's up to the players to follow him, yes or no. We have a leader on this team. As far as vocally, maybe not, but action-wise, we've got a leader."

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
Kevin Garnett is 13 points behind Isiah Thomas (18,822) for 44th on the NBA's all-time scoring list and with his six assists Sunday moved four past the legendary Bill Russell (4,100) into 76th place in that category.

This week's overall rookie rankings from NBA.com have Randy Foye at #7 and Craig Smith at #9.

Coach Wittman on possibly having "three backups but no starter" at point guard:
"I hope not," Wittman said. "I hope we can have a guy emerge from these three who steps up and takes control of the job. As time goes on, I think one will. We're waiting for that one to emerge."

Dirk Nowitzki and Garnett top USA Today's MVP Index rating.

A preview of tonight's game at Phoenix.