As for Minnesota, it’s clear there is talent on its young roster. It is equally clear that the youth will be served, which might not sit well with veterans such as Ricky Davis, Marko Jaric, Mark Blount and Juwan Howard. Howard already has expressed a desire to play elsewhere and the other three reportedly are being shopped. But playing them enough minutes to avoid their grumbling probably means giving up too many minutes that would be better spent on the kids. And if the on-the-job training for the likes of Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Craig Smith, Gerald Green and the rest doesn’t produce victories that would stifle the neglected vets, look out.
"Rebuilding is just an excuse for losing,” Davis said the other day. Coach Randy Wittman, who at this point has no idea what the team’s pecking order is, admits he will be keeping an eye on a possible split within the ranks.
Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman won’t
disclose his system of fines for players who don’t follow team rules
but said: "They’ll know. We’re building this thing from the bottom up
with young kids, and we’ve got to teach them the right way to play and
the right way to conduct themselves. That’s going to be as important as
for video of Randy Wittman from Media Day.