Jefferson to score. Hel l, there is more space for everyone to
score–that’s why an inside-outside scoring tandem is fundamental to
even mediocre offenses. That the Wolves have been trying to get by
exclusively pounding the ball into Jefferson–or relying on the likes
of Telfair, Jaric, Brewer, etc. to score from outside–is a rather
large reason why they’ve been so dreadful on offense the past month.
Toss Randy Foye into the mix, and you’ve got three players capable of
getting bushels of points in the paint–with about two dozen
cavaets–involving health, maturity, pecking orders, etc.– that we
won’t go into right now.
Foye said he awoke Tuesday morning with no pain or swelling in his
knee, one day after running with his teammates officially for the first
time since October. Wittman kept open the possibility Foye could be
sent to Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League for a few games to
play himself into shape.
Like today, when we were running through that dummy offense, coach
Sichting came to me and said ‘man, you still know the plays.’ That’s
because, when I was out, that whole time I wasn’t out, sitting on the
side, wearing a nice suit … I was out paying attention. (Wolves VP of
Basketball Operations Kevin) McHale told me to look at certain things
and come back and discuss it with him. So he tried and critique me on
certain things and gave me quizzes and things like that. He was like,
‘you really are paying attention.’
The imminent return of Foye will allow the Timberwolves to begin the evaluation of their team fully. Many believe Foye may be better suited towards the two-guard position and now must decide which slot he will consistently fill for the team. Foye and Telfair have different skill sets, so Minnesota must now decide if they are comfortable with this pairing running the show at the point guard position heading into 2008-09.
group to move forward with,” McHale said, "it’s very seldom do all
eight or nine guys just flourish and go.”
101-91 loss to the Wolves on Tuesday night, said he left the Wolves on
good terms and that he appreciates the opportunity vice president of
basketball operations Kevin McHale gave him by trading him to Miami.
was cool with all the other (Wolves) players. Me and McHale were cool.
Witt (coach Randy Wittman) was cool. McHale put me in a great
opportunity to succeed. He just put me in a position where I can go
forward and not be here struggling with the young guys, trying to
Big Al joins the company of Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer, Antawn Jamison and Yao Ming, as members of the 20/10 club.
Other than Ming and Howard, Jefferson is the only member of this
exclusive club to earn membership status as early as the fourth year on
an NBA roster. Jefferson ranks second in double-doubles (25) behind
Howard (30). Furthermore, Big Al ranks second in offensive rebounds
(4.2 per game), fifth in rebounding (12.2 per game), 21st in scoring
(20.6 points per game) and 30th in blocks (1.3 per game).