Timberwolves Update: Training Camp
Day six of Timberwolves Training Camp was all about J.J. Barea, the free-agent point guard who was introduced Wednesday evening at Target Center. Barea comes to the team following a year in which he became a key part of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. The Barea signing gives the Timberwolves three point guards now: Barea, rookie Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour.
Barea’s experience with Dallas and with winning an NBA title last year, should prove beneficial to the young Wolves players according to Coach Rick Adelman:
Three point guards is raising concerns that there aren’t enough minutes to go around. Coach Adelman has a history of playing two point guards together. He thinks this will be a similar situation:
One of the reasons for three point guards? Coach Adelman is very concerned about the number of turnovers he’s seeing in scrimmages. No team had more turnovers per game than last year’s Timberwolves at over 17 per game. Cleaning that up has been job one so far in camp. Coach Adelman talked about the turnovers Wednesday:
New guard J.J. Barea was introduced at a press conference Wednesday evening. Some background on Barea. Was a college player at Northeastern in Boston and has been a key member of the Puerto Rican National team that has had a lot of international success. He’s entering his sixth year in the league, the first five with Dallas. Last year, he set career highs for games played, minutes, points and assists (82, 20.5, 9.5 and 3.9). On a personal note, he’s married to Zuleyka Rivera, the 2006 Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. They’re expecting their first child. Here’s Barea talking about free agency and coming to the Wolves:
And Barea on winning a championship with Dallas:
A training camp note for fans. The Wolves have announced they’ll host an open scrimmage on Monday, December 19th at noon. Target Center will be open to the public and is part of the Timberwolves “12 Days to Tipoff,” a slate of events over the next two weeks leading up to the regular season opener on Monday, Dec. 26 vs. Oklahoma City at Target Center. Visit the Timberwolves website for a full listing of activities.
Finally, here’s a six-minute interview Coach Rick Adelman did with the media following Wednesday’s practice: