Adelman aims to fit Mbah a Moute into rotation

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 28, 2013 - 6:29 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute walked out of the Timberwolves locker room about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He looked both ways down the hall, hesitated. Then he had to ask directions.

“How do I get to the court?” he asked a member of the team’s PR staff.

Just another step in a hectic day that had Mbah a Moute — acquired from Sacramento in a trade for Derrick Williams — going since 6 a.m. Doctors, physicals, paperwork, followed by a meeting with Wolves coach Rick Adelman.

“From what I’ve heard, he doesn’t talk a lot,” Mbah a Moute said. “I was glad I got to meet with him earlier today.”

In Mbah a Moute, the Wolves get another strong wing defender who can match up with almost any position. He is a player, Adelman said, who could help him solve the problem of inconsistent bench play.

“My biggest concern is now how to fit him in,” Adelman said of Mbah a Moute, who dressed but did not play in the 117-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets. “It’s what we can do to get a second group that’s going to be consistent. It’s been tough for us to get any continuity going. That’s my biggest mission, to figure out where he is in that mix.”

That could, ultimately, be off the bench. Or, even, as a starter, with Corey Brewer coming off the bench. For now, Adelman is glad to have another on-the-ball defender and Mbah a Moute is glad to be on a team with rising expectations.

“It’s always good to be in a situation like this,” said Mbah a Moute, who said he was both surprised and excited by the trade. “Trading for me showed they really had a need for [defense], someone like me.”

A UCLA teammate of Kevin Love’s for a season, Mbah a Moute was part of three Final Four teams.

“Having Luc around brings a guy who, defensively, is going to be great for us,” Love said. “He can guard basically anybody.”

Now Adelman has to use what little practice time he has to fit Mbah a Moute into the rotation. “That’s my biggest mission, figuring out where he’s at in that mix,” Adelman said.

Trade good by D-Will

To Adelman, the problem was simple. Williams was a natural power forward, and wasn’t comfortable when he tried to move to small forward. And the team already had a pretty good power forward in Love. That, plus the problems with the second unit, eventually cut Williams’ minutes.

“A lot of people think [he was] in the doghouse,” Adelman said. “I haven’t had a dog in years. So that’s just not true.

“As a coach, you’re crazy if you don’t play the people you think can win the most games for you. You look at all 15 guys, and see how that fits together.

“[Williams is] going to be a good player in this league,” Adelman said, “but he’s going to be a power forward. He’s going to get a chance to play [in Sacramento] and we’ll see what he can do. I wish him the best.”

In an interview posted on the Sacramento Kings website, Williams called the trade a case where both sides benefited. He said he was thrilled with a new chance with a young team.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work and I think we all felt that way and that’s the reason I’m here,” he said. “… It was just a bad fit for myself and the situation I was in.”

Etc.

• Wolves center Ronny Turiaf is still experiencing pain in his right elbow and could be out a good while longer.

• Adelman is not happy about the Wolves having to play San Antonio in Mexico on Dec. 4. “When you have 41 home games, it’s not a good idea to give away a home game against the Western Conference champions,” he said. “I’d rather play ’em here.’’

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - M. Bumgarner 7:07 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Carolina 6:00 PM
Columbus
Pittsburgh 6:30 PM
Detroit
Montreal 7:30 PM
Chicago
Arizona 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which struggling team is in the worst shape?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close