Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Szczerbiak, Garnett Sort out Problems

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Szczerbiak, Garnett Sort out Problems

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak said he and teammate Kevin Garnett had "pretty much ironed everything out" after two confrontations on Tuesday in which Garnett had to be restrained.

Garnett concurred after the 'Wolves' 92-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Target Center.

"It's been resolved," Garnett said.

He added: "The situation yesterday was just something that happens in every basketball team. Scuffles. It's not going to dictate how we play the game, whether we pass the ball to each other or nothing like that. We understand once we touch the hardwood, it's nothing but business. Nothing more, nothing less."

For six seasons, Garnett, a first-round draft pick in 1995, has been trying to lead the Timberwolves to an NBA championship. For two seasons, Szczerbiak, a first-round draft pick in 1999, has been trying to help -- and learning hard NBA lessons day after day in practice.

"I'm to the point where this is my second year, and the guys are going to have to accept that I'm going to stand up for myself," Szczerbiak said at Wednesday morning's shootaround.

"I realize that as a rookie, you're gonna get beaten down quite a bit, but that's not going to happen anymore," Szczerbiak said. "In order for us to be a successful, competitive team, we all have to look at each other as equals, no matter who we are."

Said Garnett: "I'm coming out every night just trying to be the best every night, man. I know we've been going through a lot right now, and I'm just trying to maintain and hold the fort down, so to speak. When you cut the head off, the body falls. And I'm trying to be that head, I'm trying to be that example, I'm trying to be that surge."

Szczerbiak said the confrontation began in Tuesday's practice, which was closed to the media. …

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