Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wittman's Back, Courtside Press Seats Gone

From Sid Hartman:
The Wolves are rehiring Randy Wittman in the capacity of assistant head coach. Coach Dwane Casey said "he he had invited Wittman to join the staff and welcomed him because he felt his 2005-2006 staff might have lacked some experience."

Meanwhile, the Wolves will be bringing in players to work out next week, including former Gophers guard Vincent Grier. Rudy Gay, the 6-9 former UConn forward who turned pro in April after his sophomore year, might also work out here next week.

Apparently, the Wolves will have tough competition to sign point guard Marcus Banks, who also is being pursued by the Lakers and Spurs. The Wolves have the right to match any offer for free agent forward Justin Reed, who they want to bring back.

Also from the Star Tribune:
The Timberwolves are among the growing list of teams that plan to downsize press-row seating next season and add about 16 courtside seats that will go for $1,500 per game and be sold on a season-ticket basis. (That figures to be $61,500 per seat for the regular season.)

Wolves radio analyst Billy McKinney has expressed his desire to return next season, according to team officials. The Wolves, meanwhile, are continuing to explore their options for a new radio contract. They had a one-year deal with longtime rights-holder KFAN this past season.

KFAN's Dan Barreiro on KG:
We all know what Garnett does well. We've all seen it for years. You know what we don't see? We don't see that look in his eye. If you've been watching these playoffs _ the ratings suggest you haven't _ then you know the look I'm talking about. You can see it in Duncan, Nowitzki, James, Brand, Bryant, Cassell, Billups, Nash, even Arenas.
It's the look that unmistakably says, "Gimme the damn ball and let me try to win it.''
Again. And again.
And Garnett ain't got it.