The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to Salt Lake City tomorrow to play the Jazz in what will be the return of Rudy Gobert to Utah. Affected by nostalgia and the personal ties he still has in the city and the organization, the center remembered the least sporting part of his transfer. “People tend to focus on basketball, but behind a transfer there are relationships, communities and people you leave behind.” Gobert fondly remembers his time with the Jazz, but is also comfortable with his current home. “I am very happy here,” he declared at the previous press conference.
The player is aware of the problems facing the team in this irregular start to the season. His arrival was aimed at maintaining a near solid position in playoff positions and at the moment the Wolves are even out of contention, albeit with the same winning percentage as the Warriors. “It’s a marathon of 82 games. It’s about building and trying to win every night we can, but understanding that there will be problems. […] As I said, it takes time, and here I am also developing new relationships,” the hub continues.
The Timberwolves will play their fourth straight game without Karl-Anthony Towns, absent due to a strain that will keep him sidelined for the entire month of December. In this division, Minnesota added two wins and one loss, with Gobert suspended in this one. For the rest, you see a D’Angelo Russell who seems to be leaving his offense behind and a much more based attack on the pick-and-roll with the French giant. Even so, the team’s headaches won’t go away until they can consistently overcome it with everyone on the court.
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