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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20


Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20


Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20
--There will be some competition in the Wolves' locker room when the NCAA men's basketball tournament starts Thursday because their roster is filled with players whose colleges are prominent in the 64-team field:

Rodney Carney went to Memphis, Kevin Ollie to Connecticut, Randy Foye to Villanova, Kevin Love to UCLA, Brian Cardinal to Purdue, Craig Smith to Boston College and Shelden Williams to Duke.

Coach Kevin McHale was asked if he purposely this team around players from big-time, winning programs. The Wolves also have Corey Brewer and Mike Miller from Florida, the two-time NCAA champions who aren't in this year's tournament.

"I don't think so," McHale said. "If you told me Scottie Pippen (from little Central Arkansas) was available and he was 23, I don't think the fact he went to a small school would bother me much. It's just more coincidence. If you get guys from winning programs, I think that helps some. But the thing about the NBA is (that) it doesn't matter what you did in college. It matters what you do here."

Wolves coach Kevin McHale was in a better mood after Wednesday's game than he was after Tuesday's loss at San Antonio.

"We played better, we played hard, we had a chance," McHale said. "We had good looks that didn't go in. I've said all along we have to put ourselves in position to win games and the guys have to get that feeling of how they're going to perform in tight games. That's what we did. Unfortunately, we came up one shot short."

McHale was sullen and replied mostly with one-word answers in a post-game interview Tuesday.

"If you go out and do what you're supposed to do and it doesn't work out, you can live with that," McHale said. "But when you play completely opposite from the way you prepared to play, that's really irritating. We didn't do anything we were supposed to do in the first half. We didn't drive. We didn't do anything. That was part of my frustration level last night."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's what he does. He does it a lot." -- Wolves coach Kevin McHale, on New Orleans point guard Chris Paul's dribbling and dribbling that led to David West's game-winning dunk with 12.6 seconds left Wednesday.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

 

 
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