Somebody in the Timberwolves organization needs to put a call in to former Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" Rick Mahorn.

How about Charles Barkley? Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley were well-known enforcers with the New York Knicks. It might even be worth it to reach out to former Wolves assistant coach Bill Laimbeer, considered one of the meanest basketball players to ever lace up a pair of gym shoes.

Any one of these individuals is capable of coming to the Twin Cities to give Wolves players a tough-guy seminar.

The timing for such a session seems appropriate after the Wolves' 96-90 loss to the big, bad Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, at Target Center.

"We're a nice team, and we've got a bunch of nice guys, but I think we need to be a little tougher," Wolves guard J.J. Barea said. "We have to stop being too nice."

Backup center Greg Stiemsma tried to shed the Wolves' "nice" label, but he got the team in trouble.

Stiemsma made the Clippers mad in the second quarter when he leveled Grant Hill while Hill was going up for a rebound. Caron Butler and Ronny Turiaf confronted Stiemsma near the Wolves bench, grabbing his jersey, but threw no punches. They didn't have to. The angry looks said enough.