Tom Thibodeau Rumors
Ricky Rubio: Well, we know it’s a process. We’re rebuilding. We know when a new coach comes into a team, he wants to do his philosophy, and we’ve gotta learn it. It takes time. We don’t have to get too discouraged with what we’re doing. We’ve been playing better lately, but it’s true, the beginning of the season was not as good as we expected. We gotta be professionals. This is a long process, but we gotta trust it. The story wasn’t what we wanted, but the past month, we’ve seen improvement. That gives us the drive to work hard every day.
But defensive success isn’t as simple as on-ball and off-ball defense, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “As the ball moves, your hands and feet have to move correctly,” Thibodeau said. “So that’s where you have to avoid the fouling. And if you’re not pressuring the ball properly, you’re going to allow that ball to be passed into the paint too easily. … So the individual defense, it’s a lot more than just the initial part. It’s tracing the ball, it’s pointing the ball in the direction that it needs to go in. It’s the correct stance. I think we’re still learning that.”