Mitchell feels for Garnett

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

The Minnesota Timberwolves have largely been fang-less this season (28-41), having lost nine of their past 11 games after losing to the Raptors 99-77 last night.

The once-proud franchise has fallen on hard times and there's even talk that T-Wolves management may trade superstar Kevin Garnett, a move that once was considered sacrilege.

"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got traded. Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal) left," said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who played with Garnett in Minnesota for seven seasons, from 1995 to 2002. "Anybody can get traded. It wouldn't surprise me this year if Brett Favre played for another team in the NFL. It's sports.

"But I feel for Kevin, I tell him that all the time, except for two games out of the year (when they play the Raptors)," Mitchell said. "But it's the NBA. That's why when you have a chance to win it all, you have to seize the moment because the very next year, with trades and injuries, you could be out of the picture."

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Mitchell is not impressed with opponents having shot 50% or better against his team the previous two games.

The head coach said his players have to be more aggressive guarding the other team's best shooters, and make them put the ball on the floor if possible.

"You go through stretches of the season like that, when teams just make shots against you," he said. "But that's something we've talked about. We want to get better defensively."

AROUND THE RIM

The annual Raptors Foundation Rap Up Charity Event will be held on Tuesday, 7-10 p.m., at the Air Canada Centre. The event gives fans an opportunity to mingle with the players and coaches and will feature live entertainment acts, including dancers, celebrity impersonators, magicians, show girls and acrobatic dancers in a salute to Las Vegas -- site of next season's NBA all-star game.


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