New Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about his team’s plans and chances in the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season and also spoke about point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been involved in many NBA trade rumors in the offseason.
Thibodeau, who will be taking over the Timberwolves’ coaching after a stint with the Chicago Bulls, was impressed with Rubio’s defense and passing and said that’s he’s going to fit with the team. He also commented on Rubio’s possible role alongside rookie point guard Kris Dunn and the possibility that they start with two PGs.
“I think he’ll fit in very well. He’s a good player. He practices hard. He can really pass the ball,” Thibodeau said of Rubio, via The Star Tribune.
“Passing and defense are two things that help build your team, brings the best out of people. I think Ricky has the ability to make other people better.”
Rubio is a “pass-first” point guard and his value to the team is how he can set up his teammates and also his defense from the guard position. Thibodeau was also asked of the possible Rubio-Dunn backcourt in the starting five.
“We’re going to get a lot of those questions answered in the preseason as we go forward. You want to go step by step. You don’t want to skip over things. I like guys who can play multiple positions, I like different combinations,” Thibodeau said when asked about their starting backcourt for the new season.
“There are times when you play two point guards together. I did that a lot in Chicago, just the speed of the game changes.”
Thibodeau’s stint with the Bulls was a successful one as he led the East team to many playoff appearances. With Chicago, Thibodeau played two point guards, Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose in many games for the Bulls.
Thibodeau is hoping that a Rubio-Dunn backcourt can produce similar results.
Rubio has been involved in many NBA trade rumors this summer. Mainly because the Timberwolves have lots of good point guard in the roster. Dunn is also seen as a future star from the point guard position.
If the Timberwolves struggle in the early part of the new NBA season, Thibodeau, who is also the general manager, might consider parting with either Rubio, Dunn or Zach LaVine to achieve a more balanced line-up from the backcourt position.
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