The Wolves have completed their second day of training camp at their new Mayo Clinic Square facility and came through another 3.5-hour session, according to interim Sam Mitchell, still injury free.
"If there are any bumps and bruises, I don't want to hear about it anyway," he said. "That's just natural."
Mitchell once again emphasized defense, just like he did in Tuesday's camp-opening practice. That one was televised nationally by NBA TV. This one wasn't and it included more scrimmaging that just the small sample Mitchell gave the television audience the day before.
With so many young players, Mitchell is starting with the basics, beginning with the stance and working on up from there. For some of the veterans, that's remedial work they haven't experienced in years.
Veteran Tayshaun Prince said he probably has done that kind of work since he played for Lawrence Frank in Detroit.
"In Memphis, we had a veteran team so we spent 20, 30 minutes on defense," he said. "A couple show drills and stuff like that and then we went on to offense."
He's not Memphis no more.
The Wolves are practicing at 3 pm every day this week and going until almost 7 pm partly so the WNBA's Lynx can have the facility all morning and early afternoon as they prepare to play Indiana in a best-of-five finals series.
"They're competing for a championship," Mitchell said, "so we're sensitive to that."
The Wolves aren't training in Mankato -- owner Glen Taylor's hometown -- for the first time in years. Mitchell said that's partly because there wasn't time to plan such a journey and partly because they've got a beautiful new facility right here.
"We just felt it was best to have it here," he said.
A couple other things:
* I'm writing about newly signed Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica for Thursday's paper so look for that on the web site later this evening.
* And I'm holding my first live chat of the season Thursday at noon. Bring a sandwich and come ready with your questions at startribune.com. I'll have answers.