August 29, 2017 12:17 PM
When the Minnesota Timberwolves report to training camp, the team will have a different look and a different attitude.
The Wolves have added pieces like Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague this offseason, moves that could make the team a playoff contender. The team will also have more bonding time together, something head coach Tom Thibodeau said is looking forward to.
The Timberwolves will play their first preseason game in California against the Lakers and then will travel to China for two games against the Golden State Warriors in October.
"I think the team building that you get from it, the opportunity to learn a new culture, will certainly help us," Thibodeau said. "It'll be a continuation of our training camp and we have the opportunity to go up against Golden State twice, so that'll be a good test for us."
To see this team take the next step the Wolves will be leaning on Karl-Anthony Towns. Thibodeau knows that if Towns wants to be a superstar, the work starts during the offseason.
"The summer is when you want your players to put the work in and get better," he said. "I think all the good players in this league, every summer that commitment is made to improve. You never want to be the same. KAT has had a good summer, Jimmy (Butler) had a great summer, and Andrew (Wiggins) had a great summer as well, so you want your leaders to set the tone for that."
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Updated: August 29, 2017 12:17 PM
Created: August 28, 2017 08:53 PM
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