Posted December 14, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Minnesota Timberwolves are welcoming J.J. Barea into the fold, hoping he can bring veteran poise and leadership to one of the youngest teams in the league. The Wolves announced the signing of the free agent point guard to a four-year deal on Wednesday. Barea spent his first five seasons in the league with Dallas and played a big role in the Mavericks' run to the title last season. Barea says he is excited to join a new team and work with fellow point guard Ricky Rubio. New Wolves coach Rick Adelman says he will play Rubio and Barea together at times. Adelman wants as many ball-handlers on the floor as possible and likens the pairing to when he played Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson together in Sacramento.

Rubio sounds off about pressure, and NBA life

Ricky Rubio is finally here. The 21-year-old point guard joins the Minnesota Timberwolves this season after he was drafted by them fifth overall in 2009. But he spent two years in his native Spain before coming to the United States to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.Rubio hasnt played a game yet, but he has already created a bit of a buzz around the Twin Cities, as Wolves...

Adelman wants to help young Wolves grow

Long-time NBA coach Rick Adelman signed on during the offseason to take over a Timberwolves franchise that won just 17 games in 2010-11 and hasn't had a winning season since 2004-05. Adelman is the eighth-winningest coach in NBA history, having coached the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and, most recently, the Houston Rockets. In his 20 seasons...

Rubio to debut on Saturday against Bucks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- For two years, Ricky Rubio has been little more than a myth for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their success-starved fans. They salivated over grainy YouTube clips of Rubio's fancy passing in European games, nervously read reports that the young Spanish point guard did not want to play in Minnesota and fretted over his paltry statistics for Regal Barcelona...

Rubio's long-awaited debut finally a reality

For two years, Ricky Rubio has been little more than a myth for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their success-starved fans.

T'wolves welcome newly acquired Barea

J.J. Barea is ready to team up with Ricky Rubio and add a little spice to the Minnesota Timberwolves' backcourt. Barea signed his four-year contract with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, and the flashy combo guard will be expected to help the slick-passing Rubio make the transition from Spain to the NBA, as well as provide some veteran leadership and direction for one of the league...

New Nugget played with the fascinating Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio, the Spanish magician, is finally (fiiiiiinally) in the NBA. The point guard played for Minnesota and new Nugget Rudy Fernandez was his teammate on the national team. “I think he has a lot of talent and he improves every day – he’ll probably have to improve his shot, but I think he has time and Minnesota and Rick Adelman will be good for him,” said Fernandez...

Connect the dots

Three generations of point guards (Rick Adelman, Terry Porter, Ricky Rubio) put their heads together.

Mastering the pass is next on Love's agenda

Rick Adelman thinks Brad Miller could be ideal tutor in new offense.

Adelman wants to see versatility from Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves have many players capable of playing multiple positions, and Wesley Johnson is one of them.Johnson, a second-year player out of Syracuse, was drafted fourth overall by the Wolves in 2010. In his rookie season, he played both small forward and shooting guard and averaged 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.With plenty of forwards on the roster...

Ricky Rubio on point for Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS - There are point guards who are made and those who are, for the lack of a better term, born to orchestrate...

Adelman wants only English on court

"I want to know what they're saying," the Wolves coach said of Spanish-speaking point guards Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea.

2011-12 Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

2010-11 record: 17-65 Head Coach: Rick Adelman, his first year on the job in Minny. Key Departures: Sebastian Telfair, Lazar Hayward Key Additions: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea, Brad Miller (who is out injured to start the season) Best-Case Scenario: Adelman, Rubio and Williams turn the Timberwolves into a run-and-gun force made of tweeners,…
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