Skip to main content

Stuck in a rut, Wolves hold team meeting ahead of tough stretch

  • Author:
  • Updated:

After seven losses in their last eight games, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a timeout from the grind of practice and tried to right the ship by holding a 90 minute team meeting.

Minnesota fell to Philadelphia 109-99 Tuesday night and dropped to 12-23 on the season.

Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said after the team watched film, they went onto the practice floor and held the meeting where all players – veterans and youngsters alike – were encouraged to talk.

"We talked about what we wanted to be as a team," Mitchell told the Star Tribune. "Normally the coach is the one who's always talking. But we let the players talk. What are the goals for the year, as a team, individually? And I think it was good for us."

The newspaper notes some of the themes, according to Mitchell, centered around sacrifice and what sacrifices each player needs to make to make the team better.

According to the Associated Press, Mitchell felt it was important to get his team back on the same page.

After Minnesota hosts Denver on Wednesday night, the road gets a little rougher with Cleveland, Dallas and Oklahoma City all coming to town next.

The meeting left Wolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns feeling positive. He called it the best practice of the season.

"I can't tell you how valuable this practice was to us," Towns told the Star Tribune. "Especially to our growth, and our process and our success. I personally know how practices like this can lead to big success, because at Kentucky we've had a lot of these and they about only led to greatness and great things."

Next Up


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 28

The state is still in the process of catching up with 10,000 yet-to-be processed tests.

Bryan Acuna

Twins sign 16-year-old brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr.

Bryan Acuna is one of the top international prospects, according to

Christopher Endicott

Authorities: Former principal who died in MN jail took his own life

He was found unresponsive in the jail last November.


Sheriff: 2 injured, drunk driver arrested after head-on crash

The allegedly drunk driver wasn't injured in the crash.


Newest 'Dirty Jobs' ep. has Mike Rowe scraping shmutz in MN

He'll scrape and clean a "special kind of shmutz" from the bottom of an escalator at a local hockey arena.

school, classroom

Here are the 77 nominees for the MN Teacher of the Year award

The nominees will be trimmed to a group of semifinalists and then a group of finalists.

crystal police department

2 women found dead in Crystal home, police investigating

Authorities investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.