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Adelman wanted Kirilenko in Minny. Brandon Roy? Meh.

Oct 1, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

Rick Adelman AP

Maybe its’ because Glen Taylor is older and trying to slide out the door of Timberwolves ownership, so he is less concerned with what he tells the media. Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator who has been trusted with secrets of genuine importance that talking about what goes on behind closed doors at an NBA franchise rightfully seems trivial.

Whatever the reason, Timberwolves owner Taylor has been talking more lately.

The Minnesota Post followed up one article with the bits of an interview with Taylor that didn’t make the first cut — but there are some juicy parts. Like how Rick Adelman really wanted to get Andrei Kirilenko, but Brandon Roy… not so much.

“The coach wanted a guy who could defend more than one position, and David (Kahn, Minnesota GM) found the best person who fit that description in [Nicholas] Batum. We overpaid to try and get him but we lost him. So then we went after Kirilenko.

“The coach says, ‘This is the guy I want. He never talks about scoring, he talks about passing and he talks about defense. I need that player in my system to be successful.’ So that one was clearly the coach….

“Brandon Roy, you might think that is the coach, but that is more David. I think it is David saying, ‘Let give this player to Rick and get the backup in place in case it doesn’t work out.’ Because Rick keeps saying to me, ‘I don’t know if he can play!’ And I tell him, ‘Rick, I don’t know if he can play either!’ So the Brandon Roy thing is a risk.”

It is a risk. But I like the gamble because they didn’t bet everything on it, Minnesota was playing with house money. They still have Kevin Love and, when he returns, Ricky Rubio as anchors. They have Kirilenko now and I like the Chase Budinger pickup for their style of play (that was an Adelman call, Taylor says).

If Roy works out and is just good, not his former All-Star self, that is a quality addition. If it doesn’t work out, you move on, you didn’t base your team around it.

Minnesota is going to be one of the most interesting teams to watch this season. And Taylor talking is just adding to the color.

  1. rooney24 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    “Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator”

    FYI – He was a State Senator, not a US Senator. Your following point is still valid, but the Senator note is not completely accurate.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      LOL. You sound like the cast of The Office correcting Angela

  2. prosourcetalk - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Not a Wolves fan but I can’t wait to see how this all plays out

  3. nbascreed - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    1. US Senator??? Really Kurt?

    2. I’m sure Roy knows that under the “strictly business” guise these types of conversations went on about him inside all of the orgs he was considering but I can’t imagine he likes finding out the details.

  4. money2long - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    i don’t know if ANY player wants it to be known that their coach wasn’t sold on having them. but that just makes (the more determined ones) work harder to win them over.

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