Bob Sansevere/Pioneer Press talks to Mark Madsen:
My teammates would be surprised to know that I like to cook. I like to make bread. I make one kind of bread. Whole wheat. I do it by hand. I grind the wheat. I have a grinder. I have 500 pounds of wheat in my basement that's vacuum-sealed. So, anytime I want bread I just go and take a little bit of wheat and grind it. I made 18 loaves one time in four hours. I freeze them and give a few away. You could go to a grocery store and pay two or three bucks. Or, you can make your own. I haven't actually done the math on the cash savings.
-The Wolves began Sunday averaging 14,426 fans a game, which ranked 23rd in the NBA. That is down 1,572 fans from last season's average of 15,998, which ranked 24th.
-Wolves guard Rashad McCants sprained his right ankle in the first half Sunday and did not return. He is listed as day to day.
Hardwood Paroxysm on the team's tribute to Garnett on Friday.
Wolves forward Chris Richard scored nine points and had 11 rebounds Sunday in his fourth game with the team's Sioux Falls NBA Development League affiliate, putting him at 10.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a game. He is expected to play two more games with the Skyforce this week before he rejoins the Wolves after the NBA All-Star Game break.
FOR a couple months now I've been saying on NBATV how much I prefer watching the baby-toothed, ego-less Timberwolves (Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Rashad McCants, Corey Brewer, Marko Jaric and, lately, Randy Foye) than Kevin Garnett's uninspired, friction-ravaged, selfish teams the last two seasons
Despite being worst in the West, the T'wolves, I submit, are infinitely more appealing and acceptable to their fans, as well. There's a lot of on-the-high-rise, coachable young talent in place. Their effort every game is indisputable. And there's hope on the horizon in place of players' passports painted black.
From Sid Hartman:
The word is Theo Ratliff, the veteran of the group coming over in the trade, is practicing daily after having knee surgery. He is expected back in a couple of weeks, and once he returns, his shot-blocking ability will make the Wolves much better.
When Minnesota was 4-35, there seemed to be little doubt that McHale made the most lopsided NBA trade since Red Auerbach landed McHale and Robert Parish by sending the draft rights to Joe Barry Carroll to Golden State.
Now the centerpiece of that deal with the Celtics, power forward Al Jefferson, is averaging 21.5 points and 12.2 rebounds. Whether Jefferson can turn them into winners is debatable, but it's no player the Bulls could send to Minnesota is capable of posting those big numbers.