Updates Part IIThough Mike James is a fan of the synthetic ball, Mad Dog shares that some of his teammates were pretty happy to find out about the upcoming ball switch:
"K.G. went up to Ricky (Davis) and said, 'Hey, we got the old ball back!' I wish you could have seen the look on Ricky's face — excitement..."
Tom Powers/Pioneer Press argues that the Iverson speculation has made the Wolves "relevant again."
Notice that in every story dealing with the Iverson rumor, it's also mentioned that the Wolves have been playing great lately.
The Boston Globe: Other NBA teams also think the Sixers are looking for too much in exchange for Iverson, said league sources. As a result, Philadelphia general manager Billy King may need more time than he originally hoped to complete a deal. Minnesota, Denver, Golden State, Dallas, Indiana, Chicago, and the Clippers remain possible suitors, though a different front-runner emerges daily, if not hourly.
The favorites yesterday came out of the Western Conference, namely the Warriors and Timberwolves.
The New York Times: At least four Western Conference teams remain interested in Iverson, according to several executives in the league: Denver, which expressed interest in acquiring Iverson last season; Memphis; Minnesota; and the Los Angeles Clippers. In the East, Boston and Indiana are interested.
The Detroit News: The Timberwolves appear to have fallen to the end of the line. Randy Foye has some value to the Sixers, but apparently that's where the intrigue ends for King.