The Minnesota Timberwolves underwent a significant makeover this offseason, and coach Tom Thibodeau expects to learn more about his new-look team during next week's trip to China, where the Wolves will play two games against the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Shenzhen and Shanghai. The Timberwolves, who added Jimmy Butler and other veterans including Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson this summer, are looking to end a 13-year playoff drought. "We have been trying different things during our training camp in San Diego," Thibodeau said during a conference call with Chinese media ahead of next week's NBA Global Games. "We have a lot of new faces. The two games in China are a team bonding opportunity for us, and players will get to know each other more." Thibodeau said the new roster combines both valuable playoff experience and much-needed versatility, essential in today's game with so many NBA teams using small lineups. "We need players who can guard different positions and sizes on the court," he said. "We have lots of players on this team right now who can do this, but the biggest challenge remains whether or not we can have balance between our offense and defense."
Tom Thibodeau sees China trip as opportunity for new-look Timberwolves to learn
ESPN | Sep 27