Needless to say, the Minnesota Timberwolves are working hard and they need to, if a new team with a new coach are going to be ready to compete in 2011-12.
The media have been all over Ricky Rubio since he arrived in Minnesota last week. After three days of learning Adelman's system, Rubio says: "I love it. You have freedom to see which is the best option for us, not like robots." Rubio is also very grateful of having former TWolves guard: Terry Porter on the coaching staff: "I'm so excited to learn from him. So happy he's on the staff. He'll show me how to handle the hard situations. I'm excited for it," says Rubio. There is one thing that has become pretty clear--when Ricky has the ball, everyone better be ready for a pass.
Another rookie guard at training camp--Malcolm Lee is also working hard these first three days. Technically the Wolves 2nd round pick doesn't have a contract (his agent is still negotiating with Minnesota), but Lee is participating because he wants "to show what I can do!" And on his first training camp, Rubio says: "I think I'm adjusting real well. Coaches are putting us in good positions."
More on Bonzi Wells. As reported in yesterday's post, we talked about Wells as a training camp invitee for the Timberwolves as he looks to bring his NBA career back from the dead. The Wolves are hoping Wells gets his FIBA clearance, which will allow the 35-year-old shooting guard to start participating in training camp--hopefully by tomorrow. Bonzi says, "I really didn't like the way I left the game. You want to go out and say you're retired. You don't want to go out because someone tells you they don't want you anymore." As noted previously--Bonzi was always a gifted player, however his stubbornness and immaturity eventually--pushed him out of a job. One ideal is that Wells is here to show how an NBA career isn't supposed to go--possibly to a young, immature Michael Beasley--who's always getting to problems off the court......just a thought.
Other notes from today: The Timberwolves have stayed healthy these first three days with no major injuries. Kevin Love did take a knee to his thigh in practice yesterday, but today wasn't hindered whatsoever.
Lastly, you may want to keep an eye on Houston's Kevin Martin. The Timberwolves--especially Rick Adelman are very "high" on K-Mart and new Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, reportedly isn't. Nothing's imminent, but you could possibly see a trade for the 29-year-old shooting guard, who played under Adelman in both Sacramento & Houston. A trade that features Wesley Johnson or Michael Beasley as well as some others would likely be featured! Also, one last thing--with the J.J. Barea news yesterday (that Minnesota is interested in signing him), there has been no further news today, however, it's looking unlikely the Knicks can afford him as he's wanting more than just the $2.5M mid-level exception the Knicks are offering.
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