Friday, March 30, 2007

Wolves Updates 3/30

From Britt Robson/On The Ball:
The Wolves have slipped behind Sacramento to 12th place in the West, out of the playoffs by 4 games with 11 left to play. Minutes for Rashad McCants: 6:48. There is still a mathematical chance for the Wolves to bag that 8th spot of course, but the odds are steep enough that you have to wonder if Coach Wittman really is invoking a "tanking with vets" strategy...

Pooh Richardson, in town for the team's 80s night this evening, with his take on the team:
"It looks like they've got the talent," Richardson, an original Timberwolf, said of the current club. "What I've always thought, they've just got to inject some energy. There's got to be some new look, new life."

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
The Wolves practiced Thursday in an unusual move following back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Randy Wittman said he wanted his players to get back in a routine before today's game. ... Wittman said Rashad McCants was ill during the previous two games but felt better Thursday.

Kelly Dwyer/ lists Ricky Davis at #8 on his list of the most disappointing players of the season.

Dime gives Randy Foye an honorable mention on its list of NBA players with "the best handles."

Coach Wittman says he's "really pleased" with Craig Smith:
I'm satisfied with the kind of year he's given us. The bad thing about that is he's shown me what he can do, so he needs to take that another step this summer."

Dan Barreiro/KFAN puts the recent statements from owner Glen Taylor in the category of "the dumber sports-related comments we are forced to endure."

In a chat on ESPN, Chad Ford responds to whether he thinks Garnett will leave Minnesota:
Given all the opportunities that Minnesota has had to trade him, my gut says no UNLESS, Garnett finally, and publicly, asks for a trade. The Wolves just won't pull the trigger on their franchise player. They should've done it at the trade deadline when Chicago was willing to fork over several top young prospects including Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas to make it happen. I don't think they'll get a better deal.

Garnett says that he's "not surprised" with USA Today's NBA salary analysis, which shows that "center is the top-paid position, point guard the lowest."

Fred Hoiberg on KG's work ethic and why fans should be excited about Randy Foye, Craig Smith, and Rashad McCants.

Coach Wittman after the loss to the Sonics:
"Three games, all three games the same, we just ... don't have the mix of guys that, when it's time to put our foot on their neck and squash it right here, [have done that]...

A preview of tonight's game against the Heat.