It’s been 195 days since the Minnesota Timberwolves last played 5-on-5 basketball. When the Wolves season was shuttered after their final game in Houston on March 10th, league protocols have prevented them from gathering in groups to, well, play basketball. But as of today, September 21st, the Wolves are back at it.
Along with the other seven teams who were not invited to the Orlando Bubble, Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders have been permitted to put together what is being called the NBA’s In-Market Program, which is functionally just a bubble in downtown Minneapolis at Mayo Clinic Square. In advance of entering the bubble on Monday, Rosas and Saunders spoke with local media via Zoom not only about what the Bubble will look like but also a general commentary on where the team sits come the fall of 2020.
In today’s pod, you will find audio clippings from Rosas and Saunders coupled with my reactions to their commentary. These were the topics touched on:
- Karl-Anthony Towns’ clean bill of health.
- Saunders mentioning the Toronto Raptors as a team the Wolves could look to mimic next season. (Plus a film review from me on what Toronto’s system would look like applied to the Wolves roster.)
- Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez’s involvement in the bubble give their free agent status.
- Rosas discussing Jarred Vanderbilt’s as an under-the-radar acquisition at the deadline. (And a film review from me on the Vanderbilt’s college tape from his lone season at Kentucky.)