Wolves’ Budinger Eases into Surroundings
Born and raised in California, (Chase) Budinger admits he’s nervous about surviving a northern winter for the first time. But when he looks around the Target Center practice court and sees assistant coach T.R. Dunn and R.J. and David Adelman, he knows he’s not that far removed from his first NBA seasons spent in Houston.
“You’re in a new place, but you’re with the same coaches,” said Budinger, who played for Wolves coach Rick Adelman and assistants Dunn, Jack Sikma and R.J. Adelman during those three years with the Rockets. “It feels good. I’m comfortable with these guys. I know their system. I know how they coach. That’s what’s so great about this, it’s not going to be a completely new transition. It’s going to be somewhat of a new place and new teammates, but as far as the coaches and the system, it’s still the same.”