If there is a slogan for this year's Timberwolves — at least unofficially, since it wouldn't be very catchy on T-shirts, posters or temporary tattoos — it emerged early and often during new coach/basketball president Tom Thibodeau's opening session at Monday's media day.
With the Wolves set to begin training camp Tuesday, these three words are sure to follow them around: "Close the gap."
Thibodeau said it multiple times Monday, perhaps none more clearly than toward the end of one response.
"We don't want to fool ourselves," he said. "We're a 29-win team. We want to close the gap."
How exactly are the Wolves going to close the gap? Thibodeau talked about the need to become a top-10 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They were close on offense last year (No. 12 per Basketball Reference) but woefully short on defense (No. 28).
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