From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor insists his team is not for sale and that he will make the team better.
But SCA is the mightiest of causes with which Gomes has chosen to align
himself. Last year he partnered with Cardiac Science and the
organization Parent Heart Watch to distribute 12 defibrillators to
community centers and schools in NBA cities. The goal is to hit the
remaining 18 NBA stops next season.
More than a third of the 318 D-I coaches, some big-timers, too, have reacted favorably to Gomes’ request that they lend their names to his cause. Gomes pulled out a list that included UConn’s Jim Calhoun, Florida’s Billy Donovan, UCLA’s Ben Howland, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Alabama’s Mark Gottfried, Memphis’ John Calipari, Pitt’s Jamie Dixon, George Washington’s Karl Hobbs and Rhode Island’s Jim Baron.
To augment its telecasts, Comcast SportsNet will host on-line Celtics chats on Drivefor17.TV starting at 7:30 each game night. Comcast SportsNet will include comments from the chat during Celtics Pre-Game Live and Celtics Post Game Live. As a special programming note, former Celtics forward and Providence College star Ryan Gomes will join the telecast team for Comcast SportsNet’s Game 3 pre and post game coverage on Saturday.
The Wolves television team of Tom Hanneman and Jim Petersen, and radio analyst Billy Mc-Kinney had their contracts expire at the end of the season. That leaves only radio play-by-play voice Alan Horton under contract…
Wolves vice president of communications Ted Johnson said the NBA team
is having discussions with Hanneman, Petersen and McKinney. "Our intent
is to keep all three of them," Johnson said. "We’re really happy with
what they’ve been able to do to develop our broadcasts."
Former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey was at the Berto Center
on Thursday to talk with Paxson. Casey could land on the staff of new
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle if he doesn’t get the Bulls’ job.
There are more than two future All-Stars in the
upcoming draft, and it’s up to the Wolves’ hierarchy to identify those
players, which doesn’t give the team’s fans much hope.
Guard O.J. Mayo has undeniable talent but seems to
have a splash of J.R. Rider to him. Seven-footer Brook Lopez is the
best center in the draft, but the Wolves’ history of taking post
players — Felton Spencer, Luc Longley, Paul Grant, Rasho Nesterovic —
is alarming. Kevin Love has power-forward size with a center’s game.