Updates Part IIMike Trudell/Timberwolves site talks to Al Jefferson who had the following to say about the team:
"Coming over with Ryan (Gomes), Sebastian (Telfair) and Gerald (Green), I know those guys feel how I feel. They want to win. I feel like people say 'young' like it's an excuse, like we're supposed to lose. But it shouldn't be. We've still got five players on the floor and we're still pros. Every night we've just got to step out there and be ready to play and give it our all."
From Jodie Valade/Plain Dealer:
The Cavaliers were one of a handful of teams that tried to get in on the Kevin Garnett Sweepstakes, an NBA source said, even in the hours before Minnesota finalized the mega-deal that sent Garnett to Boston.
SI.com ranks the Twin Cities as the fifth worst sports city of 2007.
Restaurant critic Andrew Zimmern on meeting Ricky Davis on a plane ride during which the player was apparently "singing hip-hop tunes the whole flight home." When Zimmerman asked if he thought Garnett would be traded, Davis "emphatically said no way, insisting that no team would be stupid enough to trade an NBA player of Kevin’s caliber without getting equal value in return."
Stephon Marbury on Sebastian Telfair coming to Minnesota:
"As far as my little cousin, I wish him all the best because he's got to deal with Kevin McHale," Marbury said. "I wouldn't want to play for Kevin McHale. When I left, all of a sudden I became a bad person from his standpoint. I became selfish and jealous of Kevin."
From Al Iannazzone/NorthJersey.com:
Because of McHale, the game has mattered more the last few days than whether Tim Donaghy shaved points.
From Dime Magazine:
...the presumed starting backcourt in Minnesota would be Randy Foye at the point and Ricky Buckets at the two, with Corey Brewer at the three. Then again, you could start Foye, Rashad McCants at the guards and Davis at the three. Or Telfair at the point, Foye at the two, and Gerald Green at the three. Lots of guys there with only so many minutes to go around. For Question No. 2, this could be the best thing to happen to Bassy at this point in his career. There’s not going to be any pressure on him in Minnesota. The kid still has promise, after all …
From Jeff Grayson/10,000 Takes:
People get convenient memories about things like this. Where was all the passion when thousands of seats went unfilled last season, a season where KG was a Timberwolf? The Timberwolves won 32 games last season. The only way I thought KG should stay here would be if the Wolves could’ve gotten Allen Iverson at midseason---a move they were this close to making---or another star during the offseason.