Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By PHIL ERVIN  |  Last updated 10/25/13
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 play here, because there's not quick flights." All told, Adelman and his players will journey almost 50,000 miles this season. Their longest road swing comes in January, when they'll face Utah, Golden State, Portland and Chicago in six-day span. During a four-day stretch starting Dec. 13, the Timberwolves play at San Antonio, at Memphis and at Boston. They also head out to California three times and Texas and Florida once for a set of two games in each locale. All but one of those trips feature games on back-to-back nights. Back-to-backs can be especially taxing, particularly on the West Coast after two time zone changes. Not an issue, Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic said. "You just accept it like a part of your job," the big man from Montenegro said. "We are not even thinking, I think, about that we've got more miles." Pekovic, especially, appreciates the first-class flying conditions he and his teammates enjoy. Wait times can be a lot longer in foreign airports, and it's not like NBA players are flying economy. "It don't have any effect," said Pekovic, who seemed amused when asked about covering so much ground this year. "We've got great planes and everything. It's not like you're flying in Europe so you've got to wait in the airport and everything. It's normal." The Timberwolves aren't the only Western Conference team racking up frequent flyer miles, either. Both Memphis and New Orleans are located even further east than Minneapolis, giving the Grizzlies and Pelicans plenty of real estate to cover on their road trips. But Adelman still has complained to the league about Minnesota's plight. Unfortunately for the 23rd-year head man, there's not a whole lot the league can do, short of realigning and swapping the Timberwolves with an Eastern Conference team. That's not happening any time soon. "It matters, but it's the way it is," Adelman said. "It's where Minnesota is, and you have to deal with it." Said Pekovic: "If you need to travel, you travel. That's all." Follow Phil Ervin on Twitter
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cardinals reportedly preparing for possibility of Bruce Arians retiring

Report: NFL taking over Richardson misconduct investigation

LeBron James isn’t letting age define him

Marvin Lewis reportedly planning to leave Bengals after season

Report: Split between Bill O’Brien, Texans is ‘imminent’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Doctors told Carson Wentz he will be ready for start of 2018

Report: Packers ‘concerned’ about Aaron Rodgers re-breaking collarbone

Nick Foles reportedly took less money to sign with Eagles

JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to play against Patriots

Winners and losers from NFL Saturday in Week 15

Lions break out Rockettes celebration after touchdown

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker