On the first day--Thursday, the only player at the Target Center was forward Anthony Randolph. He just lifted weights that day and he didn't go back until today (Wed. 12/7).
Then, on Saturday, Kevin Love came to town, got in a workout and talked with the media, stating that he hoped the rest of the Wolves would follow his lead. Unfortunately the only player who came the next day (Sunday) was rookie Malcolm Lee (who isn't even under contract)--Devean George, a potential free agent signing or a possible player development "coach" was also at the Target Center.
On Monday, the only two players at the Target Center were again: Kevin Love & Malcolm Lee. Now, today, with just two days until training camps open across the NBA, the majority of the Wolves finally showed up.
At the Target Center today are: Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Anthony Tolliver, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love & Anthony Randolph. That means Malcolm Lee isn't at the facility today, though he has been there the past two days. Apparently Wayne Ellington showed up in the late-afternoon, according to his Twitter account he met Rubio for the first time and seems pretty stoked. We still haven't seen rookie Derrick Williams, though according to his Twitter account, he left Los Angeles this afternoon and should be in the Twin Cities sometime this evening. There's hasn't been any news on Luke Ridnour, Martell Webster, Lazar Hayward or Brad Miller are coming to town--but obviously before Friday and hopefully sometime Friday!
It would've been better had these young Timberwolves gotten together as soon as possible to build chemistry, relationships & camaraderie. Michael Beasley is reportedly looking to take an early leadership role and he's told David Kahn that he's organizing some 5-on-5 scrimmages for the Timberwolves tomorrow.
Ricky Rubio, is finally in Minnesota to stay and he's apparently extremely excited about getting his NBA career started. When asked about the Timberwolves' 2011-12 schedule, Rubio said he was putting the schedule into his iPad and saw "16, 17, 18. Three games in a row--what the hell?!" He was also the Timberwolves won't visit some of the big teams like: Boston, Miami, Chicago or New York. Also, Rubio, recently visited Ottawa Canada to get his work visa, so he could play basketball in the NBA, however it doesn't sound like he was a big fan of Canada, "I went there for two days, take my visa and get out!"
SOME OTHER WOLVES NEWS: According to Chuck Hayes' agent, MN head coach Rick Adelman personally called Hayes to come play in Minnesota.......The schedule came out yesterday and you can take a look by clicking on our schedule box up top for all 66-games+ the preseason.......The Wolves have six nationally televised games this season (last season with 82 games they had two), it's the most since the 2005-2006 season........As expected the TWolves finally reported there coaching staff for the season and as noted before, the list includes: Terry Porter, Jack Sikma, TR Dunn & Bill Bayno. Rick Adelman's son RJ will be working in the front office as well as game prep, David Adelman is a player development 'coach'......
Hopefully the remaining players show up for some of those scrimmages tomorrow. Until then, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your TWolves news, info & updates all year round! GO WOLVES!