After a low-pressure but upbeat practice Tuesday, Wolves coach Rick Adelman essentially endorsed what guard J.J. Barea said after Sunday’s loss to Golden State.
Greetings. Kent Youngblood here. I covered practice today.
You remember what Barea said after the Wolves had blown a 21-point lead in Sunday’s loss. He said there were a bunch of guys in the locker room who didn’t care enough. Adelman? He said that if what Barea meant was that there were too many guys not angry enough about losing, he agrees.
“I think you have to care enough where, if you lose like we’ve lost, it’s really got to bother you,” Adelman said. “Whether that was what he was talking about or not, I don’t know. You’ll have to ask him. I thank him for saying that so I have to come over here and answer it for him. But I think that’s what he was saying. There are times, in the growth of players, where it’s not about you. You have to feel the hurt when you lose games. After the game is over, when you lose a game like we did against Golden State, I think the frustration just took over with (Barea). And it certainly did with me, too. I didn’t say anything.”
Adelman said players should get mad after bad losses. “I think young players, sometimes, have to learn that,” he said. “The game ends, you don’t get dressed in 10 minutes and leave. You think about it. And I think that’s what he was saying. I think that’s a lesson for all of our team especially. You don’t accept losing. I mean, you just don’t do that.”
So, bottom line, when a veteran coming from a winning background says something like Barea said? “I don’t mind that at all,” Adelman said. “There should be discussion about it. I don’t know if I’ve ever been on a team where guys didn’t get upset with losing the game. We’ve lost what, 12 out of 13? That’s pretty big to me. I mean, I don’t’ like it. We got rid of that April thing, with one win. I’m surprised how we started backing into that stuff at the end of the year, whether we were hurt or not. You can’t do that. We tried, as a staff, to figure out everything we could to keep the thing (going well).’’
Meanwhile, Adelman had some fun today. He split up the team into two groups – guards and big men – and had them scrimmage against each other while he watched. He was just trying to inject some fun into the end of the season. “It’s good to get in the gym and have some fun again,” Anthony Tolliver said. “I wish we’d done this earlier.”
Adelman also made his pitch for Nikola Pekovic for most improved player.
Kevin Love also talked. He said he hoped the team would be aggressive in making off-season moves, said he’d help the team by lobbying for free agents if asked and looked forward to his probable place on the U.S.A. Olympic team this summer.
Love also talked about the mild concussion he sustained April 11. He was asked if he talked with the Twins’ Justin Morneau about the process. Turns out Love had talked to Morneau before Love got his own injury. “He mentioned that he woke up and just never quite felt right,” Love said. “For me, waking up three, four, five days in a row and just feeling woozy and uneasy and kind of off-balance? Every time I looked up I wanted to faint or fall down. It was a weird thing. The fact that I’m symptom-free now, and I’m able to be cleared and go into full practices and lift weights and everything feels good.”
That's about all for now. Have a good afternoon.