Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/11/13
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NEW ORLEANS It was just a joke, really. Terry Porter wasn't serious when he pondered the notion of the player-coach before Friday's loss in New Orleans. He compared himself to Bill Russell, after all, the guy who won two championships as a player-coach in Boston in 1968 and 1969. Terry Porter is no Bill Russell, not as this stand-in coach and certainly not in his playing days, either, and he knows it. But wait. Porter looks fit enough in his warmups. He's a young 49, still muscular, still spry. He's fit enough, for sure. And so you begin wondering, what could he contribute? How well does he keep pace with his players at practice? Would he be good for 10 minutes, eight, even, if strapped? And that is the crazy state of these Timberwolves, that when a coach makes a joke like that, a sports writer wonders, and wonders only half-jokingly, and thinks to herself that it really might not be a terrible experiment, especially if another wing player went down. But then, well, you know Por...
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