The Timberwolves flew by chartered aircraft Saturday afternoon to Istanbul, Turkey, with a copy of the 1978 film "Midnight Express" in hand and newly acquired Greg Buckner, newly signed Chris Richard and ailing Ricky Davis on board...
Richard, a second-round pick from the University of Florida who missed Friday's media day, signed Saturday morning and then participated in the team's opening practice of training camp at Target Center. Davis missed both media day and Saturday's opening practice because he was ill, team officials said, but he joined his teammates later in the day for the overnight flight to Turkey...
The Wolves will participate in five community relations events while in Europe. Owner Glen Taylor, who will attend training camp, spearheaded an effort to distribute hearing aids to more than 1,000 children on Oct. 5 in Turkey. Other events include the dedication of a new school in Istanbul, a city devastated by an earthquake in 1999.
Through all the experiences, from practice to charity events, the players hope to bond.
"You can take advantage of that, being together, out of the country, not knowing anybody there but each other," forward Al Jefferson said. "Being out of the country is good. Not having all the (distractions) bother you off the court when you're here, I think it's going to help us more than hurt us."
Besides owner Glen Taylor, a half-dozen limited partners and spouses are making the training camp trip with the Timberwolves on a charter flight to Istanbul, Turkey, and London. NBA Commissioner David Stern also will be in Istanbul and London. Four security agencies are with the team.
Timberwolves will be the first NBA team visiting Turkey, and is expected to be in Istanbul around noon on Sunday, according to the report.
It added that besides training camp to take place in Istanbul between September 30th and October 5th, the Minnesota Timberwolves will play a friendly match with Turkey's Efes Pilsen at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on October 6th.