MINNEAPOLIS Age has afforded Andrei Kirilenko certain things.
Upon arriving in Minneapolis on Thursday, the final Timberwolves player to join the team told president of basketball operations David Kahn that he was entitled to his tardiness. He might be five days younger than the Timberwolves' oldest player, Luke Ridnour, Kirilenko told Kahn, but he has one more year of NBA service.
It was tongue-in-cheek, but true, the first sign of Kirilenko's easy humor. Just one day into his training regimen in Minnesota, the Russian forward is relaxed, and as he prepares to join just his second NBA team in 11 years, he seems well equipped to transition successfully.
Kirilenko's comments about his right to be late were in jest, but there's no denying that talk of age and experience have colored his transition back to the NBA. For the 31-year-old forward, age has meant questions. How rested do you feel after an easier season in Russia? (Very.) How many years will you continue to play? (No idea...