Wolves host Bucks tonight, Love says he understands Wednesday's 4th quarter bench time and more
Previews of tonight's game against the Bucks:
Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis and forward Kevin Love proclaimed peace and harmony after their private chat Thursday morning to discuss Rambis' decision to sit Love for the final eight minutes of the Wolves' one-point loss to Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Rambis stood by his decision and said he was happy to see Love's frustration.
"If he wasn't frustrated, I would be significantly more concerned," Rambis said. "I want players who believe they should be on the floor for all 48 minutes."
Love said he understood the reasons for his bench time and felt the situation was "blown out of proportion."
Martell Webster, who had microdiscectomy surgery in his lower spine, said the sciatic pain he had been feeling down his leg is gone and that he feels good. Webster, observing practice, also said that a four- to six-week timetable for his return is on the speedy side. "Usually it takes a lot more time than that," he said. "I'm very in tune with my body, I let it speak to me." He said he wouldn't return until he felt 100 percent.
• The Wolves will exercise 2011-12 contract options by Monday to second- and third-year players Beasley, Love, Jonny Flynn, Kosta Koufos and Wayne Ellington, but there's no contract extension forthcoming with fourth-year swingman Corey Brewer, who will become a restricted free agent next summer if the Wolves make him a qualifying offer after the season.
From Stephen Litel/Downtown Journal: Michael Beasley Saying the Right Things Early
From Tom Ziller/Fanhouse: Wolves Suspect Blazers Withheld Knowledge of Martell Webster's Injury
From Steve Kyler/Hoopsworld: NBA AM: Wolves Want A Pick For Webster's Injury
From Royce Young/CBSSports.com: The curious case of Kevin Love
From Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller/Fanhouse: The Works: Where Is the Love?
David Kahn, whose Timberwolves lost their season opener 117-116 to Sacramento on Wednesday night, expects his team to contend for a playoff spot next season.
"To get to the upper echelon of the league might take a little longer," the Wolves' president said.
Also from Walters:
Noticeably absent at the Timberwolves' Target Center opener against Sacramento on Wednesday night was stockbroker Bill Beise, who spends virtually entire games off his courtside seat and on his haunches wildly slapping a program on the floor as if he's a coach encouraging players.
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Timberwolves are putting on a full court press to educate voters about Election Day, Nov. 2. Basketball-themed postcards packed with election essentials will be distributed to more than 20,000 fans leaving Target Center after watching the Timberwolves take on the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Oct. 29.