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Coach K, Pitino, Wittman attend Wolves' training camp opening

There were a lot of coaches at the Timberwolves’ first training camp practice Tuesday morning.

I mean, a lot.

And not just the new staff head coach Tom Thibodeau has assembled. Duke and Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke staff was there, one day after they had gone to Apple Valley to see Tre Jones. Former Wolves head coach and assistant Randy Wittman was there, as was University of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino.

After leaving Chicago, Thibodeau spent last season traveling around the country taking extended looks at the way other coaches did things. Now he’s returning the favor.

“I’m obviously thrilled that coach K and his staff are here on the first day,’’ said Thibodeau, who was an assistant to Krzyzewski for Team USA in Rio. “I had the good fortune to work with him on the Olympic team. And he’s the best. So I appreciate it. Randy Wittman, who has been a great coach in the league for a long time, he’s here. Richard Pitino is here. It’s always good to get their thoughts on what they see. So it was good.’’

So what did they see? A practice that by most accounts lived up to Thibodeau’s reputation of running intense sessions. But, given the fact that most of the Wolves players have been here for three weeks getting ready for this, not really surprising. “We knew what we were doing,” Andrew Wiggins said. “It was a quick, fast-paced practice. But we had fun, too. ‘’

Said Karl-Anthony Towns:  “We’re in great shape. We all put our bodies to new limits. So we were able to come in and get a great first practice in. We all felt great.’’

According to Thibodeau, there will be a very well-planned and deliberate process to camp. It started with individual work in the weeks prior to Tuesday’s opener. That will continue until Thibodeau is happy the players are ready for more. Thibodeau’s mantra is getting something down, then adding layers over it. “Summer was a lot of individual work, building relationships, getting to know ‘em,’’ he said. “The fall was really a good next step, and this is the step that follows that. It gives us a good baseline of where we are, we know where we need to go.’’

Wolves add three players as training camp opens

The Timberwolves added Rasual Butler, John Lucas III and Toure’ Murry to the roster for their training camp, which opened today.

Butler, 37, has played 13 seasons in the NBA and was with San Antonio last season. He was briefly with Chicago in 2010-11 when current Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau led the Bulls.

Lucas, 33, is an eight-year veteran who was last in the NBA in 2014-15 with Detroit.

Murry, 26, hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14 with the Knicks. He played for Texas and Sioux Falls in the D-League last season.

Here is the training camp roster, supplied by the Wolves:


No    Player    Pos    Ht    Wt    DOB    Prior to NBA    Yrs
45    Cole Aldrich    C    6-11    245    10/31/88    Kansas/USA    6
88    Nemanja Bjelica    F    6-10    234    05/09/88    Serbia    1
12    Rasual Butler    F    6-7    215    05/23/79    La Salle    13
5    Gorgui Dieng    C    6-11    233    01/18/90    Louisville/Sénégal    3
3    Kris Dunn    G    6-4    210    03/18/94    Providence/USA    R
27    Jordan Hill    C    6-10    245    07/27/87    Arizona/USA    7
1    Tyus Jones    G    6-1    190    05/10/96    Duke/USA    1
8    Zach LaVine    G    6-5    183    03/10/95    UCLA/USA    2
11    John Lucas III    G    5-11    165    11/21/82    Oklahoma State/USA    7
15    Shabazz Muhammad    F    6-6    227    11/13/92    UCLA/USA    3
23    Toure’ Murry    G    6-5    200    11/08/89    Wichita State/USA    2
33    Adreian Payne    F    6-10    240    02/19/91    Michigan State/USA    2
14    Nikola Pekovic    C    6-11    295    01/03/86   Montenegro    6
9    Ricky Rubio    G    6-4    192    10/21/90    FC Barcelona/Spain    5
4    Brandon Rush    F/G    6-6    220    07/07/85    Kansas/USA    8
32    Karl-Anthony Towns    F/C    6-11    250    11/15/95    Kentucky/USA    1
22    Andrew Wiggins    F    6-8    199    02/23/95    Kansas/Canada    2
Head coach: Tom Thibodeau (Salem State)
Assistant coach: Andy Greer (Brockport), Ryan Saunders (Minnesota), Rick Brunson (Temple)

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