Phil Jasner/Philadelphia Daily News on Randy Foye:
But everything changed for him during the first set of two-a-day practices before the start of the Las Vegas summer league. He reached back for a loose ball, fell and landed hard on his knee. He played in five games, averaging 18.4 points, knocking down 14 of 26 three-point shots.
And then everything changed again. Foye was resting before it was time to start preparing for camp when the Wolves traded Kevin Garnett, their gemstone, to the Boston Celtics. The franchise, just like that, was starting over.
"I had to amp up my workouts, because they called and [said] they expected big things from me, that they wanted me to come back 2 weeks earlier," Foye recalled. "I wanted to impress them, show how hard I had been working. That's when I aggravated [the knee]."
Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune on a visit comedian Bill Bellamy made to the Target Center on Tuesday:
He arrived wearing fur-lined tundra boots and before he switched into sneakers, somebody said if Gerald Green really wanted to impress with a dunk, he’d do a between-the-legs windmill slam wearing those boots rather than just stocking-footed, as he did in Saturday’s NBA All-Star slam dunk contest in New Orleans.
“Gerald Green?” Bellamy asked. “Cupcake plays for this team? Cupcake’s here?…Is he a starter?”
Wittman said he would tweak his starting rotation over the final 30 games for a broader overview of what the Wolves have to work with. He eagerly awaits the impact of forward Theo Ratliff, who has missed all but six games recovering from knee surgery but is inching closer to returning.
"I want to see what happens when Theo comes back and when he plays alongside Al (Jefferson) and how Al reacts to Theo," the coach said.
Wittman said he expects to play Richard more the rest of the season than he did playing 9.2 minutes a game in 24 of the Wolves' first 51 games. The rookie dressed for but didn't play in Tuesday's 104-88 victory over Philadelphia.
"Even in practice, he's more confident, more active," Wittman said, referring to Monday's practice and Tuesday morning's shootaround. "He's looking for the ball more than he had before. I think that time there should be a big help."