MINNEAPOLIS Pete Philo is 6-foot-4. To put it simply, Pete Philo is tall. When Pete Philo stands in a crowd, he sticks out. Even among the basketball players he scouts for a living, Pete Philo is hardly undersized.
Except when he's in Montenegro.
The Timberwolves' director of international scouting has traveled to tiny country wedged between Serbia and the Adriatic Sea about 10 times, and each time, he's been struck by the size of the people he sees in the narrow, European streets of its capital, Podgorica.
"It's a region of very tall people," Philo said. "I don't know, some areas of the world produce different types of players. It's in the food, and that's the truth. In Montenegro, when I walk down the street in Podgorica it seems like everyone is 6-5 or 6-8, 6-10. You see just people tall and long walking all over the place, and you're wondering if it's other basketball players or what they are."
Most likely, they're not basketball players, not in Podgorica. (That's Pohd-gor...