Zach LaVine came back for his second NBA season looking more muscularly defined and stronger.
He seems to have brought his shot, too.
The Wolves scrimmaged at the end of Thursday’s Day 3 of training camp and LaVine impressed, at least the last part when Sam Mitchell let in media to watch when it seemed like he didn’t miss a shot.
“He missed a few early,” Mitchell said. “I tell you what, when he gets it going, he gets it going.”
Pal Andrew Wiggins said, “He probably went for like 40 just now,” only partly exaggerating.
Mitchell has begun installing offensive sets after focusing heavily on defense these first three days of camp.
“We’re trying to play pass, screen, cut, play with flow,” Mitchell said. “We’re encouraging our guys that if you catch the ball in flow and rhythm and you’re open, shoot the ball. Zach is a very good catch-and-shoot guy. Guys did a good job finding him. He happened to be open because we’re setting screens and moving.”
Mitchell has set forth developing of his team’s young players as the priority this season and you get the impression that could include starting LaVine over veteran Kevin Martin sooner rather later.
After practice, Mitchell said, “It’s too early to even worry about that. We got a lot of time between now and then.”
A few other things:
* Guess who was a visitor at Thursday’s practice? Former coach Rick Adelman, who’s in town visiting son David and his new grandchild.
* “He won a lot of basketball games running that motion offense, so anytime a coach like him is in town I’m always going to invite him to pick his brain,” Mitchell said of a guy who won 1,042 NBA games. “He could be doing a lot of things and I appreciate that he comes over here and spends three hours with us.”
* Wolves’ single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at timberwolves.com/wolvestix or by calling 612-673-1234.The Wolves are introducing a new digital ticket system this season. The home opener is Nov. 2 against Portland.
* The Wolves aren’t training in Mankato this year, but they’re headed there this weekend nonetheless to have their annual lasagna dinner at owner Glen Taylor’s house.