Bobcats coach knew 'em way back when

New Orleans coach Monty Williams played nine NBA seasons, three with San Antonio when two young power forwards named Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett had just started out on their road to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Williams said it just feels right that Garnett is back in Minnesota, even if he hasn't played recently because of a bad knee and illness, and says Garnett never should have left.

"It's appropriate for him go back there and finish his career," Williams said. "Guys like that, you wish they'd just stay in one spot. He left and won a championship, it's cool for him. But when I think of Garnett, I just think of Minnesota."

Raptors fans at home

The Toronto Raptors came to Target Center last week for the only visit and so, too, did Canadian fans who drowned out Wolves fans with their cheers.

That left Wolves rookie Zach LaVine confused.

"I didn't get that at first," he said. "I didn't know if Minnesota had a lot of Canadians or anything like that or if they just came down to see the game because it's really close. It was kind of weird. I was like, 'Where we at? This is a Timberwolves game and the crowd is talking trash to us? Wait a minute, man.' You just got to deal with it."

Tuning in at tourney time

Wolves coach Flip Saunders scouted an NCAA tournament regional in Cleveland recently while he was there to visit his ailing father. Otherwise, he has kept up on adopted alma mater Michigan State and his scouting duties as president of basketball operations like everybody else has: by watching on television.

He calls this weekend's Final Four "an unbelievable coaching clinic" because it presents pal Tom Izzo, John Calipari, Bo Ryan and Mike Krzyzewski. It also presents Duke center Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns, perhaps the top two prospects in the NBA's June draft.

"I've watched all the games," Saunders said. "They've been good. It's a great time of year to watch college basketball."