All Jumbled Up

The Wolves muff a golden opportunity for a fast start

Ditto the Kandi Man, except that he is blissfully gone at the end of this season. Is anybody surprised that Olowokandi didn't convert a game-deciding bunny against the Sonics? Perhaps Casey's biggest mistake has been his resolve that Kandi become a high-priority low-post option in the Wolves' offense. Kandi's career shooting percentage is abysmal for a seven-footer--.435. Thus far this year, surprise surprise, he's shooting .429. And the highest free-throw percentage of his seven-year career was last season, when he made merely two-out-of-three (66.7%).

By contrast, Eddie G. has once again been a crunch-time titan for the Wolves this year, making a couple of key blocks against Portland and helping key a second-half surge against the Clippers. It is only a little simplistic to suggest that the Wolves lost in Seattle because Carter and Griffin were left on the bench and then lost in L.A. because Wally and Jaric failed to take advantage of favorable matchups.

The Rookie Needs A Clue Rashad McCants has been almost comically inept thus far this season. It didn't take scouts long to notice that he can be exploited on defense—Seattle and the Clippers both went right at him when he entered the game—and the oohs and aahs he can generate by his spectacular, athletic misses have already grown tiresome. If for just a minute or two he could let the game come to him, rather than acting like an 8-year kid living out his bedroom fantasy with balled up socks and a wastebasket, maybe all that talent might be put to good use, and Casey could allow him another double-digits' worth of playing time. Until that happens, he belongs beside Troy Hudson as a "what the hell" option when the Wolves are way ahead or behind.

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