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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-09

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-09

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-09--Target Center fans booed the home team Friday night and perhaps left the arena thinking the Wolves' lifeless third quarter against Milwaukee was about as bad as it gets.

And they've seen a lot of bad basketball in 21 seasons.

Well, for those who thought so, here are a few words from Wolves coach Kurt Rambis.

"We didn't come out of the locker room in the third quarter and get the energy, the execution," he said. "They picked up their defensive intensity and we just kind of succumbed to it. We didn't start working harder, we started working less. That was the frustrating part.

"You can tell those people I thought the three games prior to that, this team played exceptionally well. This is a young team. We're growing and we're learning. We're still trying to figure out what we can and can't do. This is going to be a process all year long. It's not going to turn around overnight, not in a week, not in a month. We've just got to continue to get better."

--Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez is best friends with Spanish national team member Ricky Rubio, who is playing in Spain rather than with the Wolves for at least the next two seasons.

"It's a good decision for him to play more time in Europe," Fernandez said. "More experience for him. He can play in Barcelona for one of the best teams in Europe and then come to the NBA."

Rubio elected to accept a transfer from one pro team in his hometown of Barcelona to another rather than come to the NBA this season even after the Wolves painstakingly worked out a buyout agreement with his DKV Joventut team.

How will his game translate to the NBA?

"We'll see in two years," Fernandez said. "He played against the USA in the Olympics and he played good. Ricky is talented, good player, smart player. For sure, he can play in the NBA."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He might. I'm not the fashion police." -- Wolves basketball boss David Kahn, when asked if his eight-year-old son, who lives in Portland, would wear his Brandon Roy jersey to Sunday night's game, as he did at Las Vegas Summer League last July. His son wore a Timberwolves sweatshirt instead.

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