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Continued: Zgoda's NBA Insider: Wolves have to sell hope to sell tickets

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA
  • Last update: March 16, 2013 - 11:15 PM

 

Q: A 70 percent renewal rate is almost a third of your season ticket base lost. Will the revenue generated from the price increase offset that enough?

A: Yes, especially since the vast majority of our renewals is in the lower levels. We feel very comfortable with that.

 

Q: How important is to get Kevin Love and everybody else back on the floor in these final weeks to prove there’s a reason for fans to hope next season?

A: It’s really important the guys get back and pretty meaningful for our fans to see the guys run out there so people understand those players are going down the path Ricky has come back from.

 

Q: Have you heard from any season-ticket buyers concerned that if they get any closer, they’re going to end up with a pulled groin or torn ACL?

A: I haven’t been down that path yet.

GONE STREAKING

 

The Miami Heat won its 21st consecutive game Friday night in Milwaukee. That’s the third-longest winning streak in NBA history. A look at the others in the top four:

33: 1971-72 Los angeles Lakers
Coach: Bill Sharman
Regular-season record: 69-13
Playoffs: Won NBA championship
The streak: From a 110-106 victory over the Baltimore Bullets on Nov. 5, 1971, to a 120-104 loss to Milwaukee on Jan. 9, 1972.
Did you know? Elgin Baylor had retired and Wilt Chamberlain was heading that way, but with Jerry West dishing assists and Gail Goodrich scoring 26 points per game that season the Lakers surpassed Milwaukee’s record of 20 consecutive victories set the year before and just kept going.

22: 2007-08 Houston Rockets
Coach: Rick Adelman
Regular-season record: 55-27
Playoffs: Lost to Utah in first round
The streak: From a 111-107 victory over Golden State on Jan. 29, 2008, to a 94-74 loss to Boston on March 18, 2008.
Did you know? The Rockets lost Yao Ming to an injury midway through the streak but kept going for six weeks with Tracy McGrady and rookies Luis Scola and Carl Landry playing major roles alongside rock-solid Shane Battier.

20: 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks
Coach: Larry Costello
Regular-season record: 66-16
Playoffs: Won NBA championship
The streak: From a 111-105 victory over Golden State on Feb. 6, 1971 to a 110-103 overtime loss to Chicago on March 8, 1971.
Did you know? The Bucks rode second-year star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and veteran Oscar Robertson for more than a month and then won it all in just the franchise’s third season

 

 

WOLVES WEEK AHEAD

 

Sunday: 6 p.m. vs. New Orleans (FSN)
Monday: 7 p.m. at Memphis (FSN)
Thursday: 9 p.m. at Sacramento (No TV)
Friday: 9 p.m. at Phoenix (Ch. 29)

Player to watch:
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
An underrated big man who’s on a tear for Memphis, which has recovered from the Rudy Gay trade and won 14 of 15 games entering the weekend.

Voices

« I’m not talking about injuries again. »
Wolves coach Rick Adelman after learning that injured star forward Kevin Love must wait another two to three weeks to get clearance for contact play
 

 

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