Wolves Updates 1/13

Wolves guard Randy Foye will rejoin the team for practice Monday and afterward team management will discuss whether he is healthy enough to fully practice in all contact drills. 
 
 
Keeping track of when and where Jefferson touches the ball for the first time in the shot clock gave interesting results. During the four game homestand, Minnesota went 1-3, only defeating the more disappointing Miami HEAT. Yet, as is the norm for the young Wolves, moments of embarrassing basketball were coupled with moments of adequate play. What should not surprise is the few moments of solid basketball were the only times the offense flowed through Jefferson…

 

 
 
Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune talks to assistant coach Ed Pinckney:
It’s not even a matter of ‘if’ Al Jefferson gets that part of his game. He’s
so efficient in the paint, if he can develop more of a pick-and-pop
move, he’ll be impossible to defend. Al’s going to get that. He works
on it. It’s something he wants. He has accomplished a lot in a very
short time. I’m telling you, I shake my head a lot of nights. He has
ridiculous instincts. Ridiculous.
 
I feel lucky to have more time with Randy Foye. I saw his growth
at Villanova when I coached there, saw the kind of player he turned
into. I know there are special things ahead for him because of the way
he handles himself, the work he puts in on the floor. He so badly wants
to play.
 
 
 
Smith said one of his goals is to represent the
Wolves in the rookie-sophomore game at all-star weekend next month in
New Orleans. But he will have to wait until Jan. 30 when the sophomore
team is announced, as voted upon by an assistant coach from each NBA
team.
 
Smith began Friday averaging 10.8 points and 4.8
rebounds a game, third on the team in both categories. He scored a
career-high 36 points against Washington on Dec. 11, the highest total
for a Wolves player this season.
 
 
 
Asked about that recollection of how his floater was developed, Smith smiled and said his mom deserves some of the credit.
 
"She set the foundation, but I made the shot," Smith
said. "I really developed it in middle school. She just told me there’s
going to be a lot of guys bigger than you. She basically showed me the
path of forming some type of shot to where I could get it over guys
that were much bigger than me."
 
 
 
 
From the Star Tribune:
The Wolves’ toughest stretch of the season — nine consecutive against
teams with winning records — continues Tuesday with the third of four
games in less than a month against Golden State. 
 
 
A little birdie says a Los Angeles group is interested in buying up to 30 percent of the Timberwolves from Taylor.
 
 
Postgame quotes from the loss to the Rockets.  
 
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