Wolves have best practice so far, Adelman says

  • Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
  • December 19, 2011 - 5:27 PM

After the breezy feel of the open scrimmage Monday, the Wolves got  back to work in the afternoon. And the result was what coach Rick Adelman called perhaps the best practice of camp so far.

"They had the day off yesterday, and we said we need to come today and have a really good workout today and tomorrow," Adelman said. "I think they came with that attitude."

What made it the best? To Adelman, it was the focus the players brought to the workout facility. "It might have been our best as far as them coming in and keeping their attitude right on through. Two and a half hours and they didn't break down once in their attitude. So I thought it was a very good practice."

That said, a couple players were missing. Ricky Rubio's right ankle -- turned in the preseason opener Saturday -- was still a little sore. He said he felt something when he was trying to warm up, so he sat out practice. So did guard J.J. Barea, who has a bruised thigh. Neither seems serious and Adelman described sitting the two players as  precautionary.

Other items of interest:

--Rubio, who didn't appear to be limping at all, met with two members of the Spanish language newspaper La Voz Latina, and with Kevin Friedland of the Minnesota Stars soccer team. Friedland is player/coach of the Stars, who won the 2011 North American Soccer League championship.

Friedland gave Rubio a personalized Stars jersey. Afterward Rubio was asked if he played  soccer growing up in Spain. "I was playing both basketball and soccer," he said. "I decided to play soccer, because all of my friends were playing soccer. But after two months, or a month, I went to my mom and I said I didn't like soccer, I prefer to play basketball. I think I make right decision."'

That happened when Rubio was about 10 years old. And why didn't he like soccer? "Soccer was kind of boring," Rubio said. "Because, sometimes, when you don't score, you don't touch the ball for five minutes. You're running and not touching the ball. I prefer to control to control everything. So that's why I'm a point guard in basketball."

--Rubio and Derrick Williams went along with the rookie hazing that went with the open scrimmage -- the singing and dancing -- but it sounds like they're looking forward to doing the same thing to the new rookies next season.

--Adelman said both Anthony Randolph and Nikola Pekovic will get more minutes in the preseason rematch in Milwaukee Wednesday. Also, Adelman said the starting lineup would  likely change, but that he hadn't settled on a starting five yet.


That's about all. Have a good night.


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