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Continued: Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea draw a media horde in Mexico City

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 4, 2013 - 6:22 AM

The Wolves started Tuesday’s practice with a 5-on-5 scrimmage so Adelman could see just what effect Mexico City’s 7,300-foot elevation might have on his players. The city is considerably higher than Denver’s bothersome “mile-high” altitude.

“It’s definitely a factor,” Adelman said. “We scrimmaged to see what it was like, and you could really see the difference. We’re going to have to be very aware of getting guys out earlier than we normally would. I think once they get through it — get out there and start playing — they’ll be OK. But initially, it hits you pretty good.”

By Wednesday’s opening tip, the Wolves will have had more than two full days in Mexico City to acclimate themselves. They have had time to make appearances with the NBA’s Latin American sponsors and explore some of the city, albeit under tight league security.

On Monday night’s travel, his teammates bought guard A.J. Price a stylish, broad-rimmed sombrero that he sportingly wore after Tuesday’s practice.

“We’re having fun,” Barea said about the experience of playing a regular-season game in such a far-flung destination. “I like it. It’s a change for us, changes the rhythm of the season a little bit, see some different fans. I think it’ll be good.”

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