McCants will 'tone it down'

Wolves rookie showing too much emotion on the court

Knight Ridder Newspapers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Rashad McCants said he's aware his reputation precedes him. Now it's just a matter of doing something about it.

After being ejected for collecting two technical fouls Sunday night in Denver, McCants said Monday he will "tone it down'' in regard to the emotion he shows during games. It's a fine line, though, between playing with emotion and getting hit with technical fouls.

And it's one that McCants is struggling to understand.


"Either you're an emotional player or you're not,'' McCants said. "Michael Jordan was very emotional. When he dunked on somebody …; kind of like the Patrick Ewing dunk he did in New York. He got all up in his face. It's a reaction. In the heat of the moment, and the game is tight, you just kind of react. It's not anything disrespectful at all.''

In the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, McCants dunked on Marcus Camby, shoved him in the back and was hit with his second technical foul, which resulted in an automatic ejection. Wolves coach Dwane Casey said the incident was clearly taunting, and he criticized the rookie.

Wolves all-star Kevin Garnett suggested McCants try to talk to official Bennett Salvatore about the ejection after the game. McCants said he didn't get the chance, but Garnett's point was understood. McCants has to take the initiative to change his reputation.

In regard to another ejection in the future, McCants said, "It won't happen again.'' But he's also not apologizing for trying to establish himself in the NBA as a rookie. The dunk on Camby was a highlight-reel play.

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