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Continued: Wolves: It had to be asked

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 29, 2007 - 9:46 PM

9 Q What can be expected from Rashad McCants, the team's 2005 first-round draft pick, after two absolutely inconclusive seasons that offered microfracture knee surgery?

A Much more than last season, when he missed the first 44 games while recovering from that knee surgery, but perhaps not as much as before the injury. He looks strong and lean and, according to Wittman, is noticeably improved from even his uneven summer-league play and ready to run in what the coach promises will be rapid basketball. "He has that quickness back," McHale said. "He just doesn't have that last bit of bounce. I don't know if you ever get that back. I mean, he had that kind of crazy bounce to him before."

10 Q Who gets Kevin Garnett's locker?

A Garnett assumed Jefferson's locker in Boston, so the young fellow felt it only right that he take Garnett's Target Center space.

Asked if he worried assuming Garnett's place in the locker room might invite further comparisons to the future Hall of Famer, Jefferson said: "I'm not really concerned about comparisons. I'm my own player. I think it's an honor to be compared to Kevin Garnett. He's one of the best players in the league. To be traded for him was an honor, too. I'm Al Jefferson, and he's Kevin Garnett. I know I have some big shoes to fill because of the things he has done. It's a big challenge for me, but I like a big challenge."

Jerry Zgoda • jzgoda@startribune.com

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