Tom Thibodeau Rumors

Tom Thibodeau’s reaction regarding Karl-Anthony Towns advocating for medicinal marijuana use within the NBA: “Karl, he’s got a lot of different interests. And I think it says a lot about who he is as a person. I saw [the story] briefly this morning and just knowing Karl, he’s a thoughtful guy. I don’t know how much he’s studied the research, but in terms of helping people and people that are suffering, I know that that’s the type of person he is. He’s a very open-minded person, he’s got great curiosity in a lot of different things, very thoughtful. So it was his opinion, it was honest and I don’t have a problem with it.”
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Chalk the Minnesota Timberwolves’ defensive woes up to a few reasons. Decision-making, for one. The Wolves lack defensive discipline. They crash the boards when they should sprint back and routinely get caught out of position. “Whether you go forward or you go back, whether you sprint or you have to backpedal, those are the things we have to work on,” Thibodeau said. And for the young players, technique remains sloppy. “How you trace the ball, how you pressure the ball, how you challenge shots, that’s important,” Thibodeau said. “We’ve been high deflections, [but] we haven’t finished our defense as well as we should. There has to be more physicality to what we are doing.”
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau likes to say the games played will tell a team exactly where it is. So what does their 125-101 thumping at Golden State on Wednesday night tell them? “It tells us that we got humbled tonight,” Wolves veteran forward Taj Gibson said. “It’s a learning curve,” Gibson said. “That’s what happens when you’re feeling good: Five-game winning streak, people telling you how good you are. We just got humbled. Back to the drawing board and learn from it. I’m excited for the next game. I know we’re going to bounce back even better.”
When you got that call from Bernie, how did you honestly process the reunion component with Thibs? I have had some people tell me how you guys are like-minded in some ways, but how in other ways Jimmy would be lying to you if he says he always loves playing for Thibs. So, what is it? Jimmy Butler: “Man, me and Thibs will butt heads a million times throughout this year. That’s a given. We’ll probably butt heads more than anybody else on the team, because we go about things the same way but he may see something differently the way that I see it, and he’ll speak on it and I’ll speak on it and before you know it we’re like, ‘Yo…dadadada, listen this, listen this,’ but that’s because we both want to win. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing for Thibs, man. He’s always working, always studying the game. You always see him in the gym, in his office. You’re going to ride for guys that do that, because you know at the end of the day they’re going to work just as hard as you are.”