It was still the first week of the 2004-05 season and the Timberwolves had just escaped with a lackluster, 99-92 victory over a desultory New Orleans team that may still be winless as you read this. Having filled reporters' notebooks with his customarily colorful commentary, point guard Sam Cassell was dressing in front of his locker when I asked him if it was difficult to make an immediate transition from meaningless exhibition play to games that count in the standings. "I only try," Cassell said with a dismissive chuckle. "What you do in November don't matter. By March, nobody gives a damn what you... More >>>