Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Jimmy Butler, who has pressed the team to trade him, had a message for his teammates ahead of their season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night; Don’t worry about head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“Don’t worry about Thibs. I got him.” Butler said, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “Just hoop, I told them, and I think that I can get Thibs to relax a little bit.”
“He’s never going to say anything about offense as long as you go down there and play with effort on the defensive end and get a couple stops,” Butler continued. “It’s whenever you’re not getting stops when he starts yelling.”
“I think Thibs has calmed down a lot, and guys are playing with effort. It’s never about offense. We’re always going to score enough points. It’s all about getting stops.”
Minnesota struggled during the preseason and Karl-Anthony Towns had a dreadful opening night, but Butler wants his coach to let his guys play, and chill out a bit.
“Thibs didn’t exert as much energy as he always does the past few weeks,h e needs to do that more: Sit down, take the load off and trust your guys to get a W.”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Says Everyone Sleeps on Minnesota, Plays Big in Win over Heat
Towns believes everyone sleeps on Minnesota.
“Everyone always sleeps on people in Minnesota because they don’t hear our name a lot,” Towns said earlier this month, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “That’s fine. That’s cool. We are going to come from the underground and just find ourselves in the playoffs if we continue to do what we’re doing. …
“It’s fine. Keep sleeping on us.”
Towns went out and showed a more aggressive style of play on Sunday, and he sparked a big win for the Wolves with his play.
“I was just being aggressive,” Towns said following the game. “I’m just trying to help us get some victories.”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Training to Think Like a Guard
Towns is training to add more guard-like skill sets to his arsenal
“We really did a lot of guard-oriented thought process,” trainer Matt Mazarei said, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
“During his big-man work we were making him think like a guard, see every option, use those ball drills. He does it, but now it’s more of an emphasis. See the slashers early. He wants to get everyone involved. It’s a team game. That’s the only way they’re going to get into the playoffs.”
Towns posted 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season for Minnesota.
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Wants Karl-Anthony Towns to Improve Pick and Roll Defense
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is looking for superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns to improve one specific area of his defense this upcoming season.
His defense against pick and rolls.
“It’s his feel in terms of pick-and-roll coverage. Not being in no man’s land,” Saunders said, according to the Star Tribune’s Chris Hine. “With that, I understand the responsibility that we have as a staff and I have as a coach, we need to find what his best coverage is, and really commit to that, and for him to become very good at that coverage.”
While Towns has shown improvements on the defensive end of the court, he is not known for his defense, something that will need to improve id he plans on making a difference on an ascending Timberwolves team.
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