Minnesota Timberwolves: Minnesota vice president Kevin McHale is sure glad he took a chance on some high school kid nine years ago. "To me, what happened with Kevin [Garnett] was just hard work," said McHale in the Star Tribune after KG won the MVP award. "I remember nine years ago sitting down with a skinny little kid -- I was skinnier too back then -- and him telling me he wanted to be the best player in the league. I remember thinking, 'Set your goals high. Reach for the sky.' We talked and I said, 'You work hard and take the time, and we'll see what happens.' That young man has turned into a bigger man and a hell of a basketball player." Head coach Flip Saunders agrees. "A lot of people ask me, what makes KG so special? I think there's really three things," Saunders said. "No. 1, he has great respect for the game, knowing where the game was and the players who made it special, whether it was Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, right on down the line. He has an unbelievable amount of loyalty. He has shown the loyalty twice to this organization, re-signing with us, and the main reason was he felt there were things that weren't done. The third thing is, he has a great amount of passion. What [fans] see 82 games on the floor, we see for 200 days every day of the season."