Thursday, April 05, 2007

Wolves Updates 4/5

John Denton/Florida Today describes Orlando's Dwight Howard as "part heartbroken, part frustrated, and part realistic" about Garnett's recent critique of the young player. One of the comments Garnett made was that Howard "has to do his homework to evolve his game."

From Dave Campbell/AP Sports:
Wittman was asked whether the opportunity has arrived to start Smith, Foye and second-year guard Rashad McCants, but he pointed out that the young trio of recent draft picks has already been receiving significant playing time. Wittman also stressed that he prefers Smith and Foye in reserve roles to avoid negatively altering their rhythm.

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
The Timberwolves will have a full staff at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational today, evaluating prospects in preparation for the NBA draft June 28.

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
Everybody's evaluating everybody.

That li'l kernel of homespun Tennessee wisdom came courtesy of Timberwolves guard Trenton Hassell after practice Wednesday. He tossed it off with a shrug to describe the state of affairs within the team, the locker room and the organization. And simple as it sounds, it is the mode into which the Wolves have thrust themselves.

Dime is putting out a Chinese translation of the magazine and the inaugural issue features Garnett on the cover.

Charles Hallman/Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder on Spike Lee being the featured speaker at the Target Center before Saturday's game:
Bringing in Lee — a writer-director, actor, producer, author and philanthropist — serves a two-fold purpose: It makes African-American Night the most successful ethnic-themed night in franchise history, and it attempts a reconnection with the local Black community.

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Pssst: The Gophers missed out on hiring Flip Saunders because of a timing issue with the NBA playoffs, but don't think the Detroit Pistons coach couldn't be enticed to return to the Timberwolves if he were given dual responsibilities of coach and general manager.

From Dan Barreiro/KFAN:
By the way, Garnett continues his curious transition to chippy, full-fledged drama queen. It doesn't get talked about much, but watch closely: Nobody acts more aggrieved or victimized when an opposing player happens to take a hard _ but legitimate _ foul on him. No star on a mediocre team jabbers more incessantly than Garnett...