FROM GRIM JIM TO GRIN, WIN Happy to finally be rid of Butler, Thibs’ Wolves get easy ‘W’ vs. Bulls
MINNEAPOLIS — Things have changed around Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau.
Players have changed, staffs have changed, heck, even the game has changed since Thibodeau barked out, “Ice ... Ice!’’ while patrolling the bench at the United Center for years.
But has Thibodeau changed? He still growls out answers at media sessions, still coaches each game as though his life depends on it. Same old Thibs.
When asked about the “noise’’ that has distracted his team since the start of training camp because of the Jimmy Butler ordeal, with a wry smile on his face, he answered, “What noise?’’
“That’s the NBA,’’ Thibodeau said. “You can’t get distracted. You see it all the time. Every team goes through something at a different time. Keep marching forward. That’s what you have to do. In this league, you can find an excuse every night if you choose to do so. Just be mentally tough through adversity. Everybody has it. Deal with it. Move forward.’’
Thibodeau and his Timberwolves have done that since trading Butler to the 76ers. They improved to 5-2 with their new-look roster after beating the Bulls 111-96 at the Target Center on Saturday.
“I think the ball movement, everyone being on the same page and the new pieces that we have, like they’re for the team,’’ T-wolves guard Derrick Rose said. “They’re professional, great dudes, and that’s what we needed.’’
Thanks to Butler, the Timberwolves had been in the news for all
Bulls forward Jabari Parker, who had 27 points, drives around Timberwolves forward Dario Saric in the second half Saturday night at the Target Center.