Rick Adelman’s Media Day quotes

Steve McPherson —  October 1, 2012 — 1 Comment
Rick Adelman

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Adelman’s press conference at the start of Media Day was an effective keynote address for things that the players addressed again and again throughout the day: a need for staunch team defense, the chance to run more plays with more practice time in this non-lockout-shortened season, and the kind of locker room culture he sees evolving on the team.

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    Adelman talking about what huge drop off the #Twolves had due to injury and not having guys to step up.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:01:40
  2. Adelman really hammered how the Wolves were in a good position last season prior to Rubio’s injury (and other injuries like Pek’s nagging bone spurs), but how their lack of depth was felt most keenly not in the abilities of the bench but in their attitude and approach.
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    Adelman: “We’ll still have defensive deficiencies but we can be smart team defenders.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:02:58
  4. This was a point that got brought up time and again. Their frontcourt is certainly not going to be a defensive terror, but Adelman believes (as do many players) that what’s then important is buying into team defense.
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    Adelman: “Veterans like Roy and Andrei know how to play and that’s a big difference.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:04:36
  6. It’s important that the Timberwolves didn’t just get older, but actively sought out players who have been in the playoffs and had success there. It’s clear that Adelman really values that particular kind of veteran presence.
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    Adelman says Roy can still get his shot, gives more flexibility at the end of games. Hasn’t had any setbacks with health.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:06:31
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    Adelman: “Pek had a better run than Lin in New York.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:07:17
  9. Well, maybe. Of course, he didn’t have the benefit of Lin’s tremendous backstory. But come on, he’s just as cuddly and adorable.
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    Adelman says you can wait for Ricky to come back, have to play with the guys they have right now.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:08:30
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    Adelman: “Rubio created an atmosphere that made guys feel like they could win any game.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:10:05
  12. I can’t overstate how important I think this is. Rubio himself echoed it when he talked about how even when he’s not playing he has to be there to bring the team together. I think he’s the guy that really does this, and it comes down to something you can’t train or teach. He just exudes confidence and it’s infectious.
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    Adelman says Williams is a forward and needs to play both positions.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:11:19
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    Players playing out of position (Ridnour, Williams) are going to have deficiencies, but they have to play through them, says Adelman.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:12:45
  15. As we know, Adelman prizes flexibility in his players. It’s clear he thinks of positions more in terms of “wings” and “forwards” and “ballhandlers,” with the lines sometimes being blurred between all of those ideas. That can be a tough thing for players to grasp, but hopefully with more time to work on the system, players playing more than one position will be able to take advantage of that, rather than being hamstrung by it.
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    Adelman: “Shved has to be more selfish. Almost passing to a fault.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:14:52
  17. This stands in interesting distinction to his play in the Olympics, where he seemed to be confidently running the team and taking the right open shots. It’s maybe the case that the language barrier shouldn’t be underestimated here. Even just a little bit of hesitation in making sense of on-court communication could be leading to him deferring as he adjusts.
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    “It’s a shock for guys from overseas not because of big games but playing 82 games against great players.” –Adelman
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:17:16
  19. I like that Adelman emphasized how it’s not the size of any individual game in the NBA for players coming into the league, but more the sheer slog of the long season. Players like Rubio last season and Shved this season are coming from much lighter schedules. That’s the biggest adjustment for them, and for rookies as well.
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    Adelman: “Everybody talks about my system. My system was Vlade Divac and Chis Webber.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:19:55
  21. Love this. Systems are great, but when you’ve got sweet passing big men like that, you can make a lot of stuff work.
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    Adelman: “We went to so much pick and roll [last season] because that was the way to win.” #Twolves
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:21:21
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    Adelman: “You’re going to see us run a lot more things than we used to run.” #Twolves
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:22:21
  24. I’m excited for this possibility, but I hope they still go with the pick and roll a bunch, given how good Shved has looked running it, plus Rubio when he comes back.
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    Seems like we’re going to see a lot of different looks in the preseason as Adelman figures out how Shved, etc. work with the team.
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:23:48
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    Adelman: “Too many times last year, when we lost a game, it didn’t hurt enough.”
    Mon, Oct 01 2012 10:25:31
  27. This was another thing that a lot of players emphasized. Without calling anyone out, I think they just tried to convey that as things fell apart last season through injury, a lot of guys didn’t stay in the game but instead started putting their heads down and just hoping to get through the season. Of course, that culture is there for the Wolves going back further than last season, but it will be great if they can begin to change that this season.

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One response to Rick Adelman’s Media Day quotes

  1. I think the low amount of games in Europe gets exaggerated slightly in NBA circles. I believe Rubio averaged 66 games per season the 3 seasons before coming over. I imagine Shved had a similar schedule.

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