Asked Karl-Anthony Towns about his "Remember Us" tweet a little while back: pic.twitter.com/2Ca5ugiC1s— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 27, 2016
Just let that quote marinate a little bit. Karl-Anthony Towns, reigning rookie of the year, added another quote to his many of optimism and hope this offseason. This one comes as more of a warning to the rest of the league of the statement of intent the Wolves plan to make entering the 2016-17 NBA season.
Towns already feels like the voice of the team, in no small part because many other members of this Wolves team aren't as fond of talking to the media and public. Even just entering his second year, he appears to be attempting to embrace his role as an on-the-court leader.
Really, though, the good thing about this quote is that it's another good talking point to take us through the dullest part of the season, before we even have the small morsel of the Olympics to tide our need for basketball over until the preseason in October. Although we will see no visible signs of it other than the odd tweet, several Wolves remain in the Twin Cities putting the hours in to prepare for those days already.
On top of Tyus... Dunn, KAT, Bjelica, + Aldrich getting strength work/on-court work in at facility. Payne was here too for a bit. #twolves— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 27, 2016
That's six of the fifteen currently contracted Wolves at Mayo Clinic Square putting time in on a random day in late July. During an offseason that could be spent doing any kind of workouts anywhere they wanted, they were in Minnesota to work. That may be just a simple little thing, but I think it's pretty cool.
Speaking of pretty cool offseason things, a couple of writers formerly of these pages spent some time with Andrew Wiggins recently and managed to record the whole thing for your listening pleasure. I haven't had the chance to listen to it yet but have heard nothing but good things about the conversation.
To get over half of the current roster's whereabouts tracked, here's a nice piece from Kyle Ratke at timberwolves.com on Zach LaVine's summer workouts and focus points from earlier this week. LaVine, as you might expect, has been in a gym most of the summer.
The Olympics are rapidly approaching, with the USA's first game only nine days away and Spain's first game, hopefully with one healthy Ricky Rubio included, just ten days away. Spain have games against Croatia, Brazil, Nigeria, Lithuania and Argentina in the group stage of the games in Rio de Janeiro, and one hopes that the games will go off without any problems.
My apologies to Nikola Pekovic, Jordan Hill, Brandon Rush, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, whose whereabouts I could not easily track down, and to Kevin Garnett, who we will continue to wait on until the time is right for him to make his decision about next season.
All that aside, it's the last Thursday in July, which means it's almost August, which is two months from October. May the time move quickly. Enjoy your Thursday!