Wednesday, September 01, 2004


From the Star Tribune:
Apparently, Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett doesn't like to be scored upon, especially by rookies he's guarding.

Garnett reportedly sucker punched former University of Minnesota standout Rick Rickert last week during a pickup game at the Target Center, according to reports in Wednesday's editions of the Washington Post and the Pioneer Press.

Rickert suffered a cut that required seven stitches to close, as well as a chipped tooth, the Post reported.

The fracas began after Rickert scored repeatedly while Garnett was guarding him, the Post reported. Several other players began to tease Garnett about being outplayed. Rickert scored once more, and Garnett then threw the punch, the Post reported.

Despite the damage, Rickert returned to practice the following day to work out with the same players, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Wolves selected Rickert during the second round of the 2003 draft. The Press reported that Rickert still has a chance to make the Wolves' team.


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