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Reporters posed several questions to Mayo and Love about their first NBA meeting and the fallout from their draft-day swap, but both played it down.
“Get it out the way,” Love said. “It’s overrated but it’s going to be there. I heard some of the screams tonight – ‘We want Mayo, we want the juice’ – but it is what it is.”
McHale, asked if he had any reaction to Clippers (and former Wolves) guard Ricky Davis getting a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy: “Aspirin.”
3. Mike Miller, Minnesota Timberwolves
Miller isn’t on this list as a pox against his game. The former Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man Award winner continues to perform at a high level and act as a consummate professional. As a part of the deal that sent budding superstar O.J. Mayo from Minnesota to Memphis on Draft Day, though, most Timberwolves fans will tell you that they’d rather still see Miller launching parabolas as a Grizzly if they could root for the inside-outside punch of Al Jefferson and Mayo for years to come.
Those few Wolves apologists still to be found locally contend trading Mayo was wise, since it was clear he didn’t want to play in Minnesota. The supporting evidence offered was that Mayo declined to work out for the team.
Mayo was asked if that was a proper read on his situation.
“No, not at all,” he said. “It was what my agent thought was best for me. Mr. [Leon] Rose has been around this a long time. I just went with what he felt.”
Tonight’s game marks a turning point in the schedule for the Wolves, whose next 10 games are against opponents with a combined winning percentage of .392, including seven with losing records.
The best bid on an Internet ticket service for $800 seats for Monday’s Timberwolves-Memphis game at Target Center was $65.
Crazy trade rumor: Rashad McCants and Sebastian Telfair of the Timberwolves to the Knicks for former Wolf Stephon Marbury.