Newspaper article The Canadian Press

While Fans Would Love Wiggins in Toronto, He's Learning from Legend in Minnesota

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

While Fans Would Love Wiggins in Toronto, He's Learning from Legend in Minnesota

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Wiggins learning from the veteran Garnett


TORONTO - The Minnesota Timberwolves were practising in Toronto, and off to one side, Andrew Wiggins was leaning, head bent to one side, listening to Kevin Garnett.

It's become a common sight since Garnett returned to the T'Wolves in February of last season, a mentoring partnership between one of the league's oldest and greatest players and Wiggins, the game's future.

"Just in those couple of minutes, he teaches me and tells me stuff that can help me for the rest of my career," Wiggins said.

The 20-year-old from Vaughan, Ont., scored a team-high 21 points in a Minnesota's 112-105 loss to the Toronto Raptors in a pre-season game Monday.

Wiggins bought 16 courtside seats for family and friends at the Air Canada Centre.

Both the Raptors and their fans would undoubtedly rather see the reigning NBA rookie of the year in a Toronto jersey, but the young star is in a good place in Minnesota, according to T'Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell.

"Our veteran guys have pitched in trying to mentor our young guys and trying to make them understand just how difficult this league is and how hard you have to work, and most important how to prepare for games," said the former Raptors coach. "We have a nice mix of guys."

The T'Wolves also signed veterans Andre Miller (39) and Tayshaun Prince (35) in the off-season, and the blend of young and old has made for an "exciting" camp, said Wiggins.

"The vets on our team love to teach, whenever we do something wrong or right, or a good play, they're always telling us why you should do this, why you should do that. . .," Wiggins said. "So it's been a lot of learning and also been very exciting for young players,'

Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who's watched Wiggins from afar, said the young star delivered as advertised in his rookie season.

"He's done exactly what everyone had thought, he's a talented young man, the game is easy for him, he's learning to take what the game is giving him offensively, defensively he's gotten better, using his length, speed and quickness defensively. …

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