Thibodeau's role w/Wolves: 'It's about alignment, not power'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau came to Minnesota for the impressive young core of talent assembled. He came to the Timberwolves for the shiny new facilities and the chance to take over a team that has been at the bottom of the NBA and bring it back into the playoffs. And he came to work with a close friend in Scott Layden, forming a partnership with a man he has trusted for nearly two decades after he clashed with Bulls management in a messy exit from the Chicago last spring. ''For me personally, this is about alignment,''
Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president, Layden is GM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau's NBA career started as an assistant on the inaugural Minnesota Timberwolves team. He returns 25 years later as one of the most high-profile coaches in the game, ready to lead a talent-laden young roster out of the abyss. The Timberwolves hired Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations on Wednesday, a power move for a franchise that has been depicted as a basketball wasteland for the last dozen years. Thibodeau was the most coveted coach on the market, and he's bringing his un
Analysis: Despite his strong summer, Payne may not have even been the team's best player thanks to the shows put on courtesy of both Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. However, Minnesota would be foolish to overlook Payne's strong performance. The former Michigan State product led the Timberwolves in the rebounding department this summer. Unfortunately for Payne, Minnesota has a plethora of bigs such as Karl Anthony-Towns and Nikola Pekovic which is likely to restrict much if not all of his production.
Analysis: Rubio picked up the injury last week in an exhibition game against Angola, but was only held out Monday for precautionary purposes. The point guard is expected to be at full strength when the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in August.