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MINNEAPOLIS -- When it became clear to Kevin Martin that returning to Oklahoma City w
21.03.2018, 09:41
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MINNEAPOLIS -- When it became clear to Kevin Martin that returning to Oklahoma City w
MINNEAPOLIS -- When it became clear to Kevin Martin that returning to Oklahoma City wasnt an option, one of his first thoughts was to reunite with Rick Adelman, the coach who got him started in the NBA in Sacramento and later helped him become an offensive force in Houston. Joe Berger Jersey . As much as Martin wanted to play for Adelman, who will begin his third season as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves in October, it still wasnt exactly clear to him if the desire to get back together was mutual. Adelman is one of the most accomplished coaches in the game, and also one of the hardest to read. He rarely shows much emotion and is known as much for a curmudgeonly demeanour as he is for his famed corner offence. That question was emphatically answered when Martin came to Minnesota in July to sign a four-year deal that will pay him nearly $28 million. "He gave me a hug," Martin remembered on Monday at his introductory press conference. "As we all know Rick, hes not the guy to do anything like that, so thats when it kind of hit the stamp on my decision." Martin played for Adelman during his first two seasons in the league with the Kings, then spent two more years getting coached by him in Houston. In their final season together, Martin averaged 23.5 points, shot 38 per cent on 3-pointers and attempted more than seven free throws a game for the Rockets. When Adelman left, Martin didnt fit in with new coach Kevin McHales system, and he averaged 14 points per game last year in a supporting role with the Thunder. Now back under Adelmans tutelage, and playing for a team that desperately needs more scoring punch in the backcourt, Martin is ready to resume his role as a go-to scorer. New Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders made adding size and 3-point range at shooting guard his biggest priorities, and it didnt take long for him to zero in on Martin after having discussions with O.J. Mayo and J.J. Redick as well. Martin shot a career-high 42.6 per cent from 3-point range last season and knows Adelmans offence -- built on an intricate web of passing and cutting without the ball -- as well as anyone. Saunders said Monday that they were looking for a guy who could give them 17-18 points a game at the spot next season after years of dealing with underperformance at that position. "I have no pressure doing that," Martin said. "I feel I can do that in my sleep." Martin said it will be a challenge to get back to the 23.5 he averaged in Houston in 2010-11, but he is shooting for 22 per game. If the Wolves get that kind of production to go with Ricky Rubio, the healthy return of Kevin Love and the anticipated re-signing of restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic, their first playoff berth since 2004 could be well within reach. As much as Saunders is looking forward to Martins production on the court, he is also anxious to see the impact his presence has on a young locker room. The 30-year-old is entering his 10th season and has built a reputation as a hard worker and good locker room guy. Martin has already reached out to first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad, who was kicked out of the NBAs rookie transition program last week for violating event rules by bringing a woman to his hotel room. Saunders said the team wont impose any more discipline on Muhammad, who will have to attend the program again next year. "The biggest thing in any situation where there are rules and guidelines, you have to abide by them," Saunders said. "That shows discipline. As I explained to him, part of being successful at our level is being disciplined, both on and off the court." For now, Martin is headed back to Florida to start a six-week training program with longtime trainer David Thorpe and several other NBA players, including new teammate Corey Brewer. He knows that if he wants to play bigger minutes and have bigger responsibilities at his age, he cant afford to take any short cuts. "Im hungry for it," he said. Notes: Saunders has been granted permission by the Washington Wizards to talk to assistant GM Milt Newton about a position in the Timberwolves front office. ... F Robbie Hummel, G Othyus Jeffers and G Lorenzo Brown, have all received invites to training camp, Saunders said. Paul Krause Jersey . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Habs at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at. Cris Carter Jersey . The whole deflation of New England Patriots footballs is like a murder mystery without the violence or significance. On one side, this is a ridiculous issue. http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Yout...gs-Jersey/ . Its great to be back for another season in Banditland, and Im looking forward to another competitive season with my teammates, said Tavares.TORONTO -- Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, finalist Roger Federer of Switzerland and Canadian star Milos Raonic headline this years official player entry list for next months Rogers Cup. The top 44 players on the ATP World Tour rankings list have committed to playing at the Aug. 2-10 event at Rexall Centre, Tennis Canada said Monday in a release. "With one of the greatest player fields on the ATP World Tour combined with our new art of tennis theme and the exciting enhancements weve made throughout the grounds, we know this is going to be one of our best tournaments ever," said tournament director Karl Hale. "All of the top players are looking forward to returning to Toronto this year, and they will undoubtedly provide world-class action every day." Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., rose to No. 6 in the latest rankings after reaching the semifinals at the All England Club last week. Raonic lost in straight sets to Federer, who went on to drop a five-set decision to Djokovic in the final. Laquon Treadwell Jersey. "Im really looking forward to coming back to Toronto and playing Rogers Cup in my hometown," Raonic said. "There are only a few opportunities in a year that I get to play at home in front of Canadian fans and Im eager to do well again this year. "I always feel comfortable here as this is where I grew up and this is one of the best places in the world to play." Defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain, who beat Raonic in last years final at Montreal, is also in the field. In addition, Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil has earned direct entry into the tournament a year after making it into the semifinals as a wild card. 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