Sunday, April 01, 2007

Wolves Updates 4/1

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
A handful of Wolves -- Kevin Garnett, Mark Madsen, Mark Blount and Randy Foye among them -- participated quietly in an early phase of the NBA's new (some might say overdue) evaluation process of synthetic basketballs.

Sid Hartman writes that
-"there will be some changes" in Wittman's coaching staff next season
-Bracey Wright will "likely will take advantage of his free agency" after this season
-Mike James says he's playing better because he's "having fun, just playing..."
-KG sees a "bright future" for Rashad McCants
-Dwane Casey says he's trying to sell his MN house to Tubby Smith.

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
A little birdie says some Timberwolves limited partners who were asked to increase their investments before this season might not if asked again unless there is a front-office change.

Also from Walters:
"I don't want to answer that question," the Timberwolves owner said before Friday's loss to Miami at Target Center, when asked if he plans to bring back his VP of basketball operations.

Pooh Richardson has a "major part" in Will Ferrell's upcoming movie "Semi-Pro."

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express lists Randy Wittman among the top 5 coaches most likely to be fired.

Mike James on when playoff hopes for the team ended:
"Probably last night," he said after Saturday's practice, referring to a 92-77 home loss to Miami, a game in which the Heat had a flurry of first-half layups. "We've given away so many games this year that we had a chance to win, that we had a chance to do well in. It's been a tough season all the way from the beginning. From the beginning, we've been saying that we're going to figure out our rhythm, and for some odd reason, we never figured it out."

Mad Dog writes that UCLA coach Ben Howland is a "complete class act."

A preview of this evening's game at Orlando.