MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves officials had better keep an eye on Ettore Messina on Monday night.
If no one's looking, the CSKA Moscow coach wouldn't mind kidnapping Alexey Shved and taking him back to Russia.
"We should take him in the plane and put him in the back and carry him back home," Messina joked before his team's exhibition matchup with Minnesota. "Seriously, we're just happy that he's enjoying success here."
Messina coached Shved during his first two years of professional basketball and has watched the Timberwolves guard's career with great interest ever since. Shved was 16 when he made his CSKA debut, and Messina recalls a long-haired, uncontrollable youngster who insisted upon playing point guard and had yet to even fully grow into his body.
"He was a wild horse," Messina said.
A lot has changed since coach and player worked together in the Russian capital.
Shved grew into a formidable European star, improving his shooting and athleticism while adding a little muscl...