Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wolves Updates 4/14

From Kent Youngblood & Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
On most game days the Wolves meet for a morning shootaround. Not Friday.
The pregame ritual was abruptly canceled when a bomb threat was called into the health club situated in Target Center. Everyone in the building -- including Wolves players, coaches and office staff -- was evacuated from about 10 in the morning until about 1 p.m.

Also from the Star Tribune:
With the frustration of a second sub-.500 season palpable in the Wolves' locker room after their 110-91 loss to San Antonio on Friday night, Jaric said too many on the team shrug off setbacks and mistakes by shirking responsibility and waiting for others to fix things.

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
Even if Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett doesn't play another game this season, he is all but guaranteed to lead the NBA in rebounding for the fourth consecutive season, something only Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone and Dennis Rodman have done...

Despite Garnett's contributions, the Wolves rank among the league's worst rebounding teams.

Wolves GM Jim Stack on what he sees as "reasons to be hopeful in the future":
With remaining competitive, we have fallen short of that aspect; free agency hasn't worked out as well as we would have liked. But we don't feel like we're that far away. We feel like the young kids are going to grow, and with a tweak or two we can be a very good team...

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
The Wolves must finish with at least the seventh-worst record to guarantee a lottery pick regardless of what happens in the lottery. In that scenario, even if three teams won the lottery and leapfrogged them in the draft order, Minnesota would still finish in the top 10.

From Ian Thomsen/
Indeed, the three top-rated rookies -- according to the NBA's efficiency rating per minute -- are non-lottery picks: Millsap, fellow second-rounder Craig Smith of the Timberwolves and Renaldo Balkman, the No. 20 choice of the Knicks.