After ending the 17-game winning streak of the Phoenix Suns last Monday, Timberwolves all-star Kevin Garnett had a message for new coach Randy Wittman:
Garnett went up to Wittman, smacked him on the chest and yelled in his ear.
"It was heartfelt, letting him know we'll fight for him every night," Garnett said after scoring 44 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and taking the game by the throat in the fourth quarter.
"We won it more for him and these fans, probably, than we won it for ourselves."
Since that bold declaration, the Wolves have gone 0-4 while averaging 88 points per game.
What I found even more absurd was Wolves TV analyst Jim Petersen’s explanation of the latest debacle, a 105-77 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Rockets Monday evening. I’m paraphrasing but it was something to the effect that the team was still in mourning over the firing of coach Dwane Casey a couple weeks back.
So let’s get this straight: If the Wolves somehow muster an impressive win, it’s because they’d go through a wall for current coach Wittman. If they lose it’s due to the fact they still miss former coach Casey.