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Continued: Wittman on Wolves' Love: 'The basketball IQ was there from the beginning'

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 20, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Reunion

A Wolves-Wizards game remains something of a family affair: Wolves basketball boss Flip Saunders coached the Wizards not that long ago, and his son Ryan remains a Washington assistant coach. Wolves GM Milt Newton last summer was hired away from the Wizards, where he had been a front-office executive for years.

Wizards assistants Don Zierden and Sam Cassell have Wolves/Saunders connections as well, and Wittman coached under Saunders in Minnesota and Washington and still lives in Minnesota in the summer.

“Once you’ve been in it 30 years, I lost that fuzzy feeling,” Wittman said about playing the Wolves. “I’ve been to a lot of different teams. Obviously, I have a home there and people I know.”

Former Wolves swingman Martell Webster started for the Wizards. He made five three-pointers, including a big one in the final minute, on his way to a 17-point night.

And Wolves reserve guard A.J. Price played for Washington last season and he thought he’d return this season, but the Wizards never made him an offer last summer.

“They never did, which is kind of surprising,” Price said. “What a GM does is his decision, you know what I mean?

“I control only the things I have control over.”

Etc.

• Wolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad missed his third consecutive game Tuesday because of a sprained ankle. He has played little even when he has been healthy.

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