Friday, June 15, 2007

Howard to help "stabilize the locker room"

From Jon Krawczynski/AP Sports:
All the while, Garnett asked for an established leader to take some of the attention away from him in the frontcourt, and help him in the locker room.

Howard would seem to fit that mold. The 13-year veteran averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in just over 26 minutes a game for the Rockets last season, but the Wolves no doubt hope that playing next to Garnett will help the former Fab-Fiver from Michigan get back closer to his career averages of 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds.

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
McHale said he likes Howard's leadership and said the veteran should help "stabilize the locker room." The Wolves lacked chemistry last season. Howard could be just as valuable for what he might do off the court as what he does on it.

From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:
Wittman said Kevin Garnett was on board with the move, and Howard said he and Garnett have been friends since they worked out together in Chicago during the offseason early in Garnett's career.

Howard says he felt that he "should have signed with Minnesota" while a free agent a few years ago. He also talks about his relationship with Garnett.

"He and I have a lot of respect for each other," Howard said in a telephone interview from his son's basketball camp in St. Louis. "Not only that, we're familiar with each other on the court, playing against each other for many years. We both come out and bring our lunch pail to work night in and night out. We're both fierce competitors."