Wolves Updates 8/19From Sid Hartman:
Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves, admitted the club received a phone call from Juwan Howard, who was acquired from Houston for Mike James and Justin Reed, saying the reason he approved the trade was that he was looking forward to play with Kevin Garnett. Now that Garnett is gone, Howard says he wants to be traded because, at 34 years old, he doesn't have too many seasons left to play and he wants to finish with a winning team. Taylor's answer was that if the Wolves could get equal value for Howard in a trade, he would make a deal. Otherwise, he felt the veteran presence of Howard would be a big plus for the team.
From Dime Magazine:
Team USA didn’t lose to the select squad of NBA youngsters (Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, etc.) on Saturday, but they didn’t beat ‘em either. Split into four separately-scored quarters, the scrimmage was a tie: the kids won two quarters and the grown-ups won two.
Lonnie White/LA Times says that Jefferson has "battled well inside."
Marko Jaric on playing for Serbia in EuroBasket 2007 in Spain:
"I know just one thing: I came here to be victorious," he said.
From Oly Sandor/Hoopsvibe:
After Mark Madsen’s jet-skiing accident and Vlad Radmanovic’s snowboarding injury, franchises must be praying players return to making hip hop music. Both Madsen and Radmanovic were lucky not to have their contracts voided.
From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Former Gopher Rick Rickert leaves today to play basketball in New Zealand.