Postgame: It's all over
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- April 27, 2012 - 4:03 AM
I almost literally ran into Rick Adelman after Thursday night's season-ending loss to Denver at Target Center.
I was rushing back from press row, my computer and a stack of game notes and stat sheets bundled in my arms, into the press room in time for Adelman's postgame address when he was just walking in.
I stopped and gestured for him to proceed.
He did the same to me, then won me by saying, "Go ahead, people have been blowing by us all night."
And true, too.
He called this one a "statement game" that only "reinforces" thoughts he has had about how this team's roster must change this summer.
Here's the game story from Thursday's game in which I contrast Brad Miller's tearful goodbye to the game after a 14-year NBA career with several of his teammates who played as if they didn't care a bit.
And here's another piece for Friday's paper in which Adelman talks about the future and how he expects his voice to be heard loud and clear as the team enters a crucial summer in which he vows they will be aggressive in improving this team either by player development, the draft, trades or all three.
There also should be video up here by morning of Miller talking about the final game of his career on a night when several teammates wore blue headbands to honor him.
The Wolves finished the season by losing 13 of their final 14 games and end with a 26-40 record in this lockout-shortened 66-game season.
That's still nine more than they won in a regular 82-game season last year.
On Friday, they will find out where that first-round draft pick they get from Utah falls.
The Jazz finished tied with Dallas and New York with 36-30 record, so there will be a blind draw Friday that detemines if the Wolves will draft 16, 17 or 18 overall with that pick.
That's all I got tonight from Target Center.
It has been a hectic season, a long, late night and I'll be at Target Center early Friday for the postseason news conference in which both Adelman and David Kahn will speak.
I'll check back with you then.
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