“In a league that tends to the ‘small ball,’ we start with the big ones.” With these words, the coach of the Wolves, Chris Finch, summed up the mini-revolution that his team is about to experience with the arrival of Rudy Goberto in their ranks.
Beyond the new status that Minnesota will have to defend after the resumption, it is in Rudy Gobert’s adaptation to the Russell-Edwards-Towns trio that the main challenge for Chris Finch’s men will lie this season.
Ready to live in the snowshoe
For Rudy Gobert it is also a big change as he will have to live on the racket with Karl-Anthony Towns, who is still the team’s “franchise player” and will now only be used in position 4.
“During my career, I haven’t played with another great. We played more with four full-backs, which allowed us to spread out the field.Rudy Gobert said during the Wolves Media Day. “It was a style of basketball that we had a lot of success with over the years. Now, I have always liked to play with another dominant inside, because I have always thought that I could also pass, and be able to play short-roll (action where the center receives the ball on the racket head in the pick-up). and-roll, to provoke the assist and serve the unmarked teammate), or being in situations where I haven’t necessarily been seen in recent years, but I can make my teammates better”.
For Anthony Edwards, his input will also be invaluable in setting up screens, just like for a player like D’Angelo Russell.
“I think that trade was very important for D’Lo because he has a great pick-and-roll partner there and because he likes the midrange game. I’m not even worried about my offensive position when D’Lo has the ball. As long as Rudy is on the court with him, I think we’re in good hands.”slipped Anthony Edwards.
No problems, only solutions
Putting up screens for playmakers, and swapping out the 5th rebounder when KAT strays from the paint, that’s what his record will look like, too, as well as always being a defensive anchor.
“Those are things we talk about, whether it’s the header, the heads-up, my way of attacking, finding my teammates, open shooters. These are things we will see, I think. Of course, I’ll keep putting up screens and stuff, because I think that’s what’s going to make us even better offensively. But basically, I’ll do what the team needs me to do.” added the tricolor pivot.
This KAT-Gobert partnership, which might seem like a puzzle at first glance, could become a formidable weapon. Still, on paper, Minnesota has the cards in hand to aim high.
“When you look at the roster and the talent we have in this group, it’s pretty amazing. I’m lucky to be surrounded by a group of guys that I believe can achieve anything. Now it’s about acquiring the right habits and keep learning, keep improving every day and this group will have no limits to set.concluded Rudy Gobert, who also recalled the main objective of his arrival in Minneapolis, namely, to recover a title.
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