Timberwolves at the speed of Rubio

June, 17, 2011
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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In the 2010-2011 regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves played at the fastest pace in the NBA -- but that was not fast enough.

In a sit-down interview with Timberwolves.com to discuss the signing of Ricky Rubio, the team's president of basketball operations, David Kahn, says he'd like to see the team play even faster:
[Rubio] needs to be out in the open floor, and really pushing the ball. And to that end, we do too. And I think that one of the things of primary importance for us is to next year that even though we have managed to increase our pace of play these last couple of years, we still have much work to do at making us more of an open floor full-court defense and offense type of team.

Kahn points out that the 'Wolves have a growing list of potential targets for a player like Rubio, including Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Wesley Johnson, Martell Webster and Anthony Randolph. The team also has the second pick in next week's draft, which has a high likelihood of being dynamic scorer Derrick Williams.

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