Wolves host Indiana at Target Center tonight (preseason), Rambis on Tolliver's work ethic, Flynn on Syracuse memories and more
After Monday's practice, Flynn went through agility and shooting drills with Jason Glover, the Wolves' new assistant player development coach. Flynn's activity has been limited throughout training camp and the preseason after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Flynn is scheduled to be evaluated by Marc Phillippon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Phillippon performed the surgery at the clinic.
Briefly: Tonight's Wolves-Indiana game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports North. The Wolves' final exhibition game Friday night at Milwaukee will not be televised.
He's not likely to supplant Kevin Love as the starting power forward. But he'll get his minutes. And, depending on matchups, he might get some minutes at small forward or center in a backup role. Asked what the Wolves liked most about Tolliver, coach Kurt Rambis offered a list: "His work ethic, his character, his ability to stretch the floor, run the floor, his defense, his willingness to take charges. ... You love guys who have had to work extremely hard to get to this position."
Mainly because those guys tend to keep on working. Tolliver plays good positional defense, has long arms and good range. Last year, he shot 43.1 percent for the Warriors, including 33 percent from three-point range.
In six preseason games, Tolliver has shot 14-for-29 (48.3 percent), hit on half of his eight three-pointers and is averaging five rebounds.
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic believes he made a mistake and tried to comeback to Europe too early. "I just wanted to return to my country. But when I was traded I have got my soul back! We had a meeting and I told them ‘I’m sorry, I made a mistake’. I thought it will be like everywhere else and I will be a bench-player or they will put me on injured list," Milicic said.
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It's safe to say the Wolves aren't there yet. But, for the first time in a long while, it appears they're on their way to getting there.
But if anyone knows the value of patience, it's Love. The 3rd year pro will now get a chance to be Minnesota's starting power forward after Al Jefferson was traded this summer. And while he's tired of the constant rebuilding, it's clear he believes this team can handle it better.
"We know throughout the season, sometimes we'll have down moments," Love said. "And, you know, it might not always show in wins and losses, but we just want to come together as a group and get better from here on out."
Minnesota wraps up their preseason with two games this week against Indiana and Milwaukee, before the regular season tips off October 27 against the Sacramento Kings.