Timberwolves fans have waited awhile for this.
After the Wolves spent their first five preseason games in one, long, week and a half-long road trip, with a day of relative rest Monday, the team is finally ready to let their fans have a good look.
The team will finish the preseason with home games Wednesday and Friday. The team will hold a fan fest at Target Center on Tuesday.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s a chance to get into Target Center; for some guys it will be the first time in as a Timberwolf.”
For some fans, it will be the first time to get a look at this year’s team. The event is free, but fans must have a ticket; there are available at timberwolves.com.
Thibodeau said Monday that training camp and the preseason, so far, had gone according to plan. Getting most of the players here in September was a big first step. Being the last team to play a preseason game gave them more time to practice. And the recently concluded trip allowed the team to bond; the team attended a football game in Louisville and went to a movie together while also playing five games.
“We still have a ton of work to do, but we’re moving in the right direction,” Thibodeau said.
After Tuesday’s fan fest, the team’s home exhibition games will be important for final personnel decisions, Thibodeau said.
“The starters have been going three quarters; now they’ll get into the fourth quarter,” Thibodeau said.
The final roster spots will also be decided.
“Probably the worst part of the job is making your final cuts,” Thibodeau said. “If you’ve gotten this far, you’re good enough to make it. Unfortunately, you can only carry 15.”
The team will hold a special event for members of the military earlier in the day. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with a practice/scrimmage to follow.
“We’ll get in there, get a little work in, say hello to [the fans] and thank ’em,” Thibodeau said.
The Wolves are 3-2 after five preseason games; Thibodeau rested all five of his starters Sunday at Oklahoma City, which was the second of back-to-back games.
The Wolves will be host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Friday’s preseason finale will be against Charlotte. The Wolves open the regular season Oct. 26 at Memphis.