From 10,000 Takes: The Whit(t)man's Sampler: Minnesota Timberwolves Edition
Britt Robson/On The Ball on the losses to the Nets and Raptors:
Whatever you think of him--and my bar graph on the guy rises and falls like an amusement park ride--McCants get his own shot better than anyone on the squad, leads the team not only in three-pointers made but three point percentage (40.9%), and, after falling in love with the long bomb earlier in the season, mixes that trey threat in with deft drives to the hoop. He is the only Timberwolves player who can burn an opponent for a bushel of points in a big hurry should they decide to play Ring Around the Rosey on Jefferson and dare Minnesota to beat them elsewhere.
Wolves guard Marko Jaric when asked if he thinks much about the trade deadline: "I do, yes. I definitely wish to play on a contender in the playoffs and try to compete for a championship. But you know what? For me right now, it's not fair, being a starting guard on this team to think about being somewhere else. So, as long as I'm here, my head is going to be here and I'm going to be 100 percent for this team and for these guys."
Although it is difficult to truly gauge Foye's development at this point, the initial numbers do not impress. After missing the first 43 games of the season, Foye has averaged 7.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 34% from the field in his seven games entering Wednesday's matchup with Los Angeles.
Jaric has big plans for the NBA all-star break this weekend. He's headed to the Bahamas, presumably with his supermodel girlfriend Adriana Lima.
"I'm going to have company," Jaric said with a smile. "It's going to be two of us."
Also from Alonzo:
Wittman said center Theo Ratliff is still "a couple weeks away" from playing in games. Ratliff is on his way back from right knee surgery.
Scott Boeck/USA Todayon the Slam Dunk contest:
Green, who will try to become the first back-to-back winner since Richardson, is the tallest player to win the contest since Kenny "Sky" Walker, 6-8, won it in 1989.
Kelli Wright/The Demopolis Times on the Theo Ratliff Center.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor will spend the NBA all-star weekend in New Orleans helping test kids' hearing and donating 200 hearing aids to needy youngsters.
The Timberwolves' game against ex-Wolf Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics last Friday evening had a 1.4 rating on KSTC-TV, meaning a viewership of about 20,000 households, although the Wolves-Celtics game also was on ESPN.