Notebook: J.J. Barea, Ricky Rubio sidelined for precautionary reasons
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said one of the big reasons the team signed point guard J.J. Barea was to add depth that would be needed to get through a lockout-shortened, 66-game season.
Turns out they will need that depth just to get through two weeks of training camp.
Barea and rookie Ricky Rubio both sat out practice on Monday for "precautionary" reasons, according to coach Rick Adelman.
"They are just banged up from the other night, so they didn't practice (Monday)," Adelman said. "We will just take it day-by-day."
Rubio left Saturday's exhibition win over the Milwaukee Bucks after rolling his ankle but returned later in the game. He received treatment afterwards and said it was still sore on Sunday and Monday.
"When I change speed, I feel some pain in the ankle," Rubio said. "So, I take more therapy and see what's going on."
Rubio said he tried practicing "a little bit, but in the beginning, I try to warm up and I feel pain. I don't know -- doctors going to say."
Adelman said Barea was bruised up from Saturday's game but believes both he and Rubio will be ready for the second-half of the home-and-home exhibition series with the Bucks on Wednesday.
Wesley Johnson and rookie Malcolm Lee were playing point guard during the team's scrimmage at the end of practice, which Adelman said "might have been their best practice as far as them coming in and keeping their attitude right on through.
"We went two-and-a-half hours and they didn't break down once in their attitudes, so I thought it was a very good practice."
A crowd of about 2,000 fans showed up to Target Center on Monday afternoon to watch the team hold an open scrimmage.
The scrimmage was more of a walkthrough, with very little effort being put on defense and a lot of emphasis put on goofy passes and big dunks.
The pair of comedians said they wanted the rookies to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the crowd. Rubio, who hails from Spain, was let off the hook since he didn't know the lyrics yet.
"It was my idea to have them sing the national anthem, because I knew Ricky didn't know the words," Love said, laughing.
The only problem was Lee and Williams didn't know the words either and needed prompting from a ringer who was brought on the court.
The two rookies stumbled through the song and the fans even made it official by getting on their feet. But Love and Webster weren't going to let Rubio off that easily, making the rookie sing happy birthday to a girl they brought onto the court.
Next, the trio of already-embarrassed rookies were forced to compete in a dance contest.
"It was embarrassing," Rubio said with a smile. "I'm shy. I don't know how to do that. But it's what every rookie has to do."
Williams was the unofficial winner of the contest, but even he knew his moves weren't very impressive.
"That was bad," Williams said.
Added Love, "They were pretty embarrassed about the dancing. I would be, too."
• Love has been wearing a protective wrap on his elbow and got treatment last week but said it's just a bruise. "I am fine," he said.
• Webster remains on the sideline with a back injury and has yet to practice during training camp. There is no timeline for his return.
• Adelman said he will mix up the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Rubio starting would be a safe bet.