There was music in the air at Timberwolves practice Thursday, and it had been a long time since Andrew Wiggins said he heard tunes in the background a practice.
“I don’t know. College?” he said.
With the installation of Ryan Saunders as interim coach for the fired Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves will have some additional accompaniment when they practice and Wiggins got to be in charge of the playlist at Thursday’s session.
“I told them to play all Drake,” Wiggins said, referencing the rapper/singer and fellow Canadian.
After Wiggins’ 40-point night in Saunders’ victorious debut Tuesday night at Oklahoma City, the Wolves would have lived with it if he wanted to play nothing but somebody singing the phone book.
In advance of his first home game as a head coach Friday against Dallas, Saunders stated what every Wolves fan has seen since Wiggins donned an NBA uniform for the first time:
“We always say an engaged Andrew Wiggins is a very good Andrew Wiggins. So the more we can keep him engaged, especially early in the game when he’s running with everything, the better.”
Saunders has said he is going to implement the changes he wants to make to the Wolves gradually, but one point of emphasis he displayed in Tuesday’s game was the need to get Wiggins involved early and often. Thibodeau would do that as well, often running sets for Wiggins early in games, but Saunders wanted the Wolves to get out in transition as much as possible — and have the 6-8 forward attack the rim when the Wolves are able to run.