MINNEAPOLIS -- A.J. Price could sense it the first day of training camp in Mankato last week.
Welcomed back to NBA life with a hard three-plus-hour practice, most Timberwolves were dragging; Rick Adelman workouts aren't exactly the five-on-five, pickup-style scrimmage sessions most players engaged in during the days leading up to the preseason.
Keeping up wasn't as much of an issue for Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved or J.J. Barea, though.
"Those guys are definitely in shape, progressed a little bit ahead of everybody else in terms of their wind," Price said Tuesday, a week since Minnesota opened practice. "It took us a while, the rest of the team, to catch up. But those guys came in like they've been playing all summer."
All three international stars returned to the U.S. in close to game shape, having represented their countries in tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Rubio and Shved played for Spain and Russia, respectively, at EuroBasket ...