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Rashad McCants: Getting More Class

2/7/2006

Back before the draft, the Blazers held a workout that changed the future of their franchise. They had three top guard prospects in at the same time: Martell Webster, Rashad McCants, and Nate Robinson.

That was the day the Blazers fell in love with Martell Webster. As you can see in this video the Blazers were kind enough to send TrueHoop, he hit shots from all freaking over, and even moved his feet a little bit on defense.

After that workout, the Blazers, holding the third pick, thumbed their noses at future All-Star point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and traded down the sixth spot to make Webster their prize of the draft.

What about the other guys from that workout? Of course, Nate Robinson's NBA career has been well documented. But how about McCants, who is on the bench in Minnesota? Steve Aschburner of the Star Tribune reports that he's improving.

Two weeks ago, Casey wasn't happy when he noticed rookie Rashad McCants and forward Ronald Dupree yukking it up with Pistons players late in a game in which Detroit was clobbering the Wolves. And at Golden State on Saturday, McCants was full of bravado after a couple of individual plays, taunting the Warriors -- despite another lopsided Wolves loss.

"I talked to him about that," Casey said. "That's not professional."

Asked if McCants, after 46 games, was catching on too slowly to professional ways, Casey said: "He's much, much better than he was. His approach, his work habits."

He had 16 points in a quarter at Houston the other day.