Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau visited the Golden State Warriors’ operations twice last season during his year’s sabbatical from coaching.
So did he learn any of coach Steve Kerr’s secrets?
“He saw us playing some music in practice,” Kerr said. “You can ask him if he plays any music now.”
Thibodeau calls the Warriors organization “something we aspire to be,” but not to that extent.
“It’s everything they do and the way they do everything,” Thibodeau said. “We have taken a lot of things from them, but that was not one of them.”
Asked about the Warriors’ musical tastes, Thibodeau said: “I forget who. They take turns with the playlist.”
Believe it or not, TNT analyst Charles Barkley had some opinions about the Wolves and their lousy season start during Thursday’s game at Toronto.
“I’m a big Thibs fan, but he’s got to turn these thoroughbreds loose, man,” Barkley said. “They’re one of the most athletic teams in the NBA. You’ve got to turn them loose and they’ve got to go ahead and put [rookie Kris] Dunn in. … Listen, [Ricky] Rubio is not their point guard of the future. Kris Dunn is. They’ve got to speed up the tempo. They’ve just got to play run-and-gun.”
The Wolves’ Thursday TNT game brought their own Andrew Wiggins and fellow Torontonian and pal Cory Joseph together again.
“He has come a long way,” said Joseph, a Raptors guard. “Watching him when he first got in the league, he’s being more of a leader now. He’s establishing himself a lot more in the game. He’s being more aggressive, not the laid-back Andrew that he sometimes was when he was younger.”