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Apr 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) dribbles up court during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Flip Saunders Talks Wolves Updates and Upgrades

Feel good week continues as Jerry has an interview with Flip up at the strib. Among the things discussed: Pek still isn’t going to play in the Eurobasket, Flip thinks payroll = wins, and the Wolves are planning on getting a new strength coach and physical therapist.

How much is just advanced stats lip service is up for debate, but acknowledging you have a need to update the way you train your athletes is a start.

A little concerning is the lack of details surrounding Ricky’s workouts. Would like to know if a shot doctor has been consulted or something.


Q Is it harder extending a player a $60 million offer when you’re also a minority team owner?

A No. Listen, I knew one thing coming into this whether you’re a coach, president or owner: Good players are going to get paid. More than likely, the teams that have the highest payrolls are the teams that happen to win. You’ve got to choose the right guys. You want to be sure they have a certain skill. Pek can score on the block, he’s got great strength and he can rebound. I don’t think those things are going to change.

Q Given his injury history, are you relieved that Pek won’t be playing in the Euro championships?

A As he said, it was getting to the point where if he didn’t have a proper training camp. … You’re always concerned about anybody with injuries. You want your players to go into any competition properly trained.

Q Different situation for Ricky Rubio, who didn’t play a full season last year, and Shved?

A Ricky has been training hard. He hasn’t been locked away, not answering phone calls and hiding from everyone like Pek. He’s doing more cross-training, going on 25-mile bike rides into the mountains around Barcelona and getting out kayaking on the ocean. We’ll have to make sure Ricky, Lexey and J.J. get some time off during training camp or in preseason games. (Barea is playing for Puerto Rico in a world-championship qualifier).

Q You plan on hiring a new strength coach and physical therapist. How long will it take to find answers to the team’s injury problems?

A We’re probably never going to figure it out totally, but I think we’ll be able to chip away at it. We want to be innovative, cutting edge in what we do. Sometimes you go status quo because you think it can’t keep happening. We can’t think that. We’re pretty much going to look at everything. It’s going to be trial and error this year, next year and five years, eight years down the road.

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