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Adelman frustrated, basically calls Timberwolves lollygaggers

Oct 14, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

Rick Adelman AP

Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Larry: Lollygaggers!
Skip: Lollygaggers.
— “Bull Durham

Rick Adelman didn’t exactly quote “Bull Durham” when talking about his Timberwolves team through four preseason games, but he came pretty close.

Adelman is frustrated with the way Minnesota is approaching the preseason, particularly the last couple of games, and was clear about it to the Star Tribune (hat tip Eye on Basketball)

“They’ve got to figure out what they want to do as a team,” Adelman said. “I just told them, ‘What kind of season do you want?’ That’s really up to us to make what we want. They’ve got to figure out what they want to do as a team….

“I don’t understand,” he said. “Like I told them afterward, we’ve played two games here at home and we’re acting like we’re just going through the motions. We aren’t the San Antonio Spurs and we aren’t Miami. We act like we have plenty of time.”


Minnesota has the talent to be a playoff team in the West, what Adelman is demanding of them is some professionalism. Seems pretty fair to me. That said, this is not on Adelman. Ultimately this really falls to Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and anyone else considered a leader of this team. They have to set the tone. Now, not try to flip the switch in January.

The Timberwolves have a week off between preseason games, we’ll see how they come out of it.

  1. jpstyles314 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Or maybe, just maybe, they flip the switch when the season starts.

  2. lakerade - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Love and Rubio pacing themselves given their injury history? Tough to balance that with achieving flow. Adelman is right to call them out, at least to let them know the team goes as they do. That said, it’s preseason, I expect them to shine when the real games tip.

  3. johngalt1783 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I didn’t see the game vs the Raptors but the new look Raptors without Bargnani are one of the more focused high energy teams in the NBA. I don’t know how many games they will win they are focused and play hard every night.

    If Adleman is comparing the T-Wolves energy and toughness to the Raptors its a battle the T-Wolves will not win at least in 2013-14.

    A lot of teams in a lot of Raptors games in 13-14 will look like they are lollygagging when on the court with the Raptors and its not because they will have blown the Raptors out.

  4. whereyaat - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    My guess is that this has nothing to do with Love and Rubio, and has everything to do with the less-talented people on the roster.

  5. mackcarrington - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    They’ve never been “there” before, so how would they know what it’s like?

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