What goes on in Vegas…Rockets 79, Wolves 65

Posted on July 12th, 2009 – 6:52 PM
By Jerry Zgoda

The Wolves’ summer-league team began its Las Vegas play today against a Rockets team that already had played — and won — twice.

Make that three times now.

Some details:

– Corey Brewer saw his first game action since he tore his ACL in a game against Denver last November and played 18 minutes. He was much better in the second half than his brief six first-half minutes, shooting the ball with some range and flair after halftime. He finished 4-for-11 (6 for 6 from the line) and had 14 points, five rebounds, an assist and a turnover in 18 minutes.

– Jonny Flynn looked quick, strong, alternately decisive and out of control and careless in his pro debut, with an 11-point (3-for-11 from the field), seven assist, seven turnover,  29 minute game. Played both on and off the ball. Let’s give him another summer-league game before we write off his career…

–  Wayne Ellington, probably the only pure shooter on the team now that Mike Miller and Randy Foye both are gone, went 2 for 12.

– Gerald Henderson, who’s playing on the Wolves team because Charlotte isn’t fielding a summer-league team, missed all three of his shots and didn’t score a point in 18 minutes.

– NDSU’s Ben Woodside didn’t play because summer-league coach Jerry Sichting split point-guard time between Flynn and Bobby Brown. Woodside should get a look tomorrow against the D League Select team.

– The Wolves added 7-foot center Adam Parada, who has played in the D League as well as Jordan, Asia and Mexico, to their summer-league roster to replace Steven Hill. Parada led them in rebounding with nine.

– Kevin Love was on the web broadcast in the second half and said he’s been working hard on his body and mid-range jump shots. He isn’t playing in summer league but came to Vegas early to be around the Wolves team and to prepare for next week’s camp there with the U.S. national team collection of young NBA stars.

Sebastian Telfair, who I believe has a place in Vegas, and Ryan Gomes also are out there and with Love sat on the Wolves’ bench.

– While talking with Love, announcers Joel Meyers and David Aldridge suggested the team could lure a desirable free agent with all their accumulated cap space if the Wolves can approach a .500 record this season and prove they are an up-and-coming team.

Presuming Ricky Rubio doesn’t play in the NBA this season (I’d guess it’s more likely he doesn’t than does)  and the Wolves don’t make some big, unexpected move, this roster is closer to the league’s worst team (one that’ll struggle to win 20 games) than a .500 team, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Here’s a Q-and-A for Monday’s paper with Jonny Flynn done before the Wolves went to Vegas.


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