Q&A With Rob BabcockThe Wolves site has posted a Q&A with Rob Babcock regarding the team's backcourt. Click on the link for the full session. Below are a few of the questions.
Trudell: You've talked about the fact that neither James nor Foye are of the "pure" point guard breed. How do you see the newest Timberwolves working together on the court?
Babcock:They both can score and pass, particularly when they put the ball on the floor, drive and kick it out. They can certainly play together, and are both strong enough to defend the two guard position. There is always the question you ask that isn't so much offensively, but how versatile is the player, and whom can he guard? If you are playing two "point guards" together at the same time, can one of those guys guard a two? The answer is, both of our guys can guard a two, and that's really important. If you throw two point guards on the court at the same time and neither one of them can guard a two, then that guy is just going to get posted up like crazy and you're going to have problems.
Trudell: OK, cool. We'll get you out of here with a final thought on what Timberwolves fans can expect from their guards for the 2006-07 season.
Babcock: I think the coaches are going to be able to get just about everything that they need out of our guards. There isn't that "true" point guard, and if you look at that group, it's the one thing that you might question. But the answer is, if you design your system appropriately, you don't have to have a true point guard. The Dallas Mavericks went to the finals last season and had a great year, without a true point guard on their team. Jason Terry and Devin Harris aren't true point guards. It certainly can be done. So take that out, and I think at the guard position we have just about everything that we need. We have shooters, finishers, size, quickness, transition scorers, guys that can post up, put the ball on the floor, and good defenders. With Mike James and Troy Hudson healthy, the three-point capability of our team goes way up. If you have both of those guys on the court at the same time, you better get out and cover them, because they can knock it down. That's the variety of what you need, and it's exciting.