By Jerry Zgoda
As if being traded for one another isn’t enough to link them together perhaps for the rest of their careers, they’ve got last names that rhyme: Randy Foye, Brandon Roy. The Wolves decision to draft Roy, considered a ready-made NBA scoring guard, on draft day 2006 and trade him down one slot to Portland for Randy Foye and cash looks slightly less lopsided now that Foye is back playing, especially like he did in Saturday’s comeback victory in L.A. against the Clippers.
Foye after Tuesday’s morning shootaround on the player against whom he will compared perhaps forever:
“It’s funny, you know: Roy, Foye. He’s a good player. We’re both in great situations. Obviously, I got hurt earlier this year and he’s having a great season, played in his first All-Star Game. It’s just important that, even though we swapped teams, people try not to link us together because I’m here in Minnesota and he’s there in Portland.
“Obviously, people are always going to do that. People always are going to jump on the bandwagon. Last year, I was played really well and people loved me and they said it was it was an even trade. Now, since I got hurt and he’s played really well, it’s different. You can’t compare us: We played different. Different situations. Different coaches. Different players. I had a great year last year and I’m coming on now.”
Foye, Roy, they meet tonight at Target Center for the first time this season.
Sebastian Telfair’s magnetic resonance imaging test scheduled for Monday was moved to Tuesday and the Wolves, as of early afternoon, were waiting for results designed to tell them how badly the ankle Telfair sprained Friday at Sacramento is. Until he returns — at least a week more, probably — Foye will start at point guard, a trail that could be permanent through season’s end if he continues to play like he did Saturday.