Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wolves Updates 7/10

The Wolves had an 85-83 overtime win over the Hornets in their summer league opening game.

Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press on Brewer's performance:
Brewer's focus on defense and knack for playing team basketball add key characteristics to a Timberwolves team that lacked chemistry last season. He showed his versatility during Monday night's summer league opener when he guarded several different New Orleans Hornets players, displayed good quickness and athleticism, and was aggressive offensively.

From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:
Brewer showed his sense of timing, scoring seven of his 16 points in the final minute of regulation and in OT. It was his drive with 13 seconds left that iced the game for the Wolves.
Overall, it was a steady debut. Brewer, the No. 7 overall pick out of Florida, had anticipated being nervous, but it didn't show.

Corey Brewer on last night's game:
“I was just hyped,” said Brewer. “It’s the first time I actually played in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform, first NBA-type game, so I was just really happy.”

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
Richard moves well for someone his size (6 feet 9, 250 pounds). And he might be able to play center in certain situations for the Wolves as well as his natural power forward position. If he can play defense well and rebound, that would be just what the Wolves need.

Wolves coach Randy Wittman said forward Craig Smith dominated during the first few days of two-a-day practices leading up to Monday's game. Wittman said it's obvious a year in the NBA has helped Smith mature.

Mike Max/WCCO talked to Coach Wittman about Garnett trade rumors, Corey Brewer, and what he hopes will be different next season.