The Minnesota Timberwolves went all-in over the summer, sending as many as five first-round picks to the Utah Jazz for three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert teamed up with superstar Karl-Anthony Towns. On Thursday night, the Timberwolves visited the Los Angeles Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season with injuries that wrecked the much-hyped trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers fired Frank Vogel, the coach who led the team to a championship in 2020, and brought in highly regarded veteran assistant coach Darwin Ham from the Milwaukee Bucks. The Big Three still exist, but the supporting cast is very different.
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Los Angeles from veteran Carmelo Anthony , Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Avery Bradley and Kent Bazemore got younger off the bench. The Lakers did add veteran Patrick Beverley in the backcourt and signed Dennis Schroder, Damian Jones, Juan Toscano Anderson, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker IV and Thomas Bryant , which is an extreme role player makeover.
Minnesota kicked off the preseason with a 121-111 win over Miami on Tuesday. Gobert, Towns and D’Angelo Russell all wore casual clothes, Anthony Edwards had 24 points and Torreon Prince had 19 off the bench.
Los Angeles trailed 0-2 in the preseason, losing 119-115 to the Suns on Wednesday night. James dropped 23 points in 17 minutes, while Kendrick Nunn, who missed the entire season last season with a knee injury, scored 21 in just 19 minutes.
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