MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Adelman learned his lesson after asking the NBA for a reprieve regarding Minnesota's demanding travel schedule.
"They sent us the Mexico," the Timberwolves coach cracked after practice this week. "That's why we don't ask again."
Minnesota will log more miles to play than any other NBA team this season, a fact bolstered by its Dec. 4 clash with San Antonio in Mexico City. As usual, long road trips to California and Texas also grace the schedule.
It's a product of geography combined with conference alignment. A rigorous travel slate is nothing new to the Timberwolves, and players say it's not that big of a deal.
Adelman begs to differ.
"Yeah, it matters," Adelman said. "It's pretty obvious that we're not real close to the Western teams, so it adds a lot. I think it really bothers you when you have to play here and then get on a plane and play the next night in an eastern city. You're gonna get there late or you play some place on the road, have to come back and pla...