Michael Grange/Globe and Mail on Al Jefferson:
But the guy he really reminds me of is Kevin McHale, the former Celtics great and current Timberwolves general manager. All those fakes and the awkward angles of attack near the basket using his long arms to his advantage are very McHale, though he lacks him bosses’ defensive instincts. When you think of a straight out of high school guy the tendency is to expect some kind of uber-athlete like Amare Stoudamire. But Jefferson’s game is total throwback stuff: little spins and leans and hesitations complimented by great touch...
Myles Brown/SLAM Online on KG's appearance at the Target Center on Friday night:
As he exited the visiting locker room of the Target Center for the first time, flanked by cameramen, I saw his head hung awkwardly low for a man of such pride. Onlookers shouted deeply felt thanks and appreciation and he could barely look up. Not out of shame or frustration, but just as before, out of strength and humility. It was the look of a man trying to maintain composure as he headed towards half court. The spot where once again, he would be laid bare before our eyes. Kevin Garnett only did one thing on the basketball court Friday night and it was more than enough for everyone.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site on the team's Monday morning practice:
Theo Ratliff continued to look good in five-on-five, full-court action; Gerald Green threw down two nasty dunks in a three-minute span; Sebastian Telfair is not slow; Rashad McCants did not practice due to an ankle tweak, and is listed as day-to-day. Furthermore, Telfair was the last man in the gym, honing a jump shot with assistant coaches as he hasn't been happy with his shooting in the last few games.
Guard Rashad McCants said he won't play tonight at New Jersey after spraining his right ankle during Sunday's game against Toronto. McCants, who did not practice Monday, traveled with the team but said he wasn't expecting a miracle.
Also from Alonzo:
Wittman said the Wolves would decide whether to recall rookie Chris Richard from the Development League after Thursday's Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce game. That will be Richard's sixth D-League game.
Previews of tonight's game at New Jersey:
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Green has mixed emotions about getting the chance to soar in front of the country. In fact, he finds it difficult to think about Saturday's competition when he's trying so hard in practice to earn more playing time.
"It's very difficult," he said. "Especially when I feel I should be playing. It's very difficult. But I have to go out there and do [the contest] for my fans and my family and my friends. They want to see me perform.
From the Associated Press:
Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell's home is up for foreclosure and his yacht sold at auction to help pay off the $1.3 million he owes on the boat, according to court filings.
Sprewell, who once turned down a three-year, $21 million contract extension saying, "I've got my family to feed," has apparently fallen on tough times.
Bob Sansevere/Pioneer Press talks to Sebastian Telfair:
On whether teammate Al Jefferson will be regarded as one of the NBA's best players within the next five seasons: "If he stays at his steady pace and his growth in the game, yes. It's going to be up to us next year to get him into the All-Star Game...
Postgame quotes from Sunday's loss to the Raptors.