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MINNEAPOLIS -- At the end of November, Derrick Rose brought his New York Knicks to Target Center, the building Tom Thibodeau now calls home with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Adversaries that night, Thibodeau and Rose spent five years together in Chicago grinding out victories and trying to restore the Bulls as Eastern Conference powers. They had dinners together, talked basketball together and bonded through the ups and downs of Roses MVP award and his knee injuries.So when Rose glanced at the standings and saw Thibodeaus Timberwolves at a lowly 5-13, the point guard knew his former coach, one of the most intense personalities in the NBA, probably wasnt taking it well.Hes probably driving himself crazy, Rose said. A lot of late nights. His staff is probably having a lot of late nights, too. But it all comes with just trying to win. Hes a winner at heart. He wants to win every game. Thats the crazy thing about him. Some games youre going to lose, but hes probably up late nights and driving himself crazy a little bit.It has only gotten worse for the Wolves (6-18) since then, with only the Dallas Mavericks having won fewer games. Heading into a game against the Bulls on Tuesday night, Thibodeaus first game in Chicago since he was fired by the Bulls in an acrimonious split in 2015, he is searching for answers and a way to connect with his new team.Its been a stunning start to Thibodeaus first season in Minnesota after leading the Bulls to the playoffs in all five of his seasons there. During those years, they were never under .500 after the first two weeks of the season, except for in 2013-14 when they started 9-16. They rebounded to finish 48-34 that season.Rose is right. Thibodeau and his staff get to the office early in the morning and often dont leave until well into the night. Its not uncommon for staffers to sleep at the teams practice facility so they can devote more time to film study and game planning.Theres no shortcut to this, Thibodeau said earlier this season. You have to go through it. Its important to maintain high standards. It starts with practice and preparation.Owner Glen Taylor chose Thibodeau over a long line of suitors last summer in hopes that his demanding style would expedite the growth process for a promising young roster and end a 12-year playoff drought.But the Wolves have been slow to catch on to his defensive teachings, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in the league in defensive efficiency.After a 27-point home loss to Detroit on Friday, he said he was very concerned that his team was not responding to his message.Im going to keep coming. I dont go away, he vowed. Im going to look at everything, re-examine. Somethings being missed. Its got to change.Thibodeau has been noticeably less demonstrative on the sideline over the last two weeks than he was early in the season, but the Wolves still tighten up when things start to go wrong, as they did in a 25-4 fourth quarter run by the Warriors on Sunday night.I studied before I took the job so I knew what I was getting into, Thibodeau said. Youre looking at it and I knew we dont have experience. Part of the learning part is the trial and error. We have to go through it. But I also have to make sure were making progress and moving forward. Thats part of my job.Offense hasnt been the issue so far for the Wolves, who are 10th in the league in offensive efficiency. Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are the first trio of 21-year-olds averaging at least 20 points a game on the same team in NBA history.But Towns, the reigning rookie of the year, has looked disinterested on defense, often getting beaten back down the floor in transition for easy layups. Wiggins has been up and down on the perimeter defensively and sixth-year point guard Ricky Rubio, the teams only real veteran getting significant playing time, has been unable to adapt to Thibodeaus systems.Its not about (Thibodeau). Its about us, LaVine said after the Pistons loss. Were the ones on the court. He puts in the effort. Were not executing.The Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg to replace Thibodeau, a more player-friendly coach that has lightened the atmosphere in Chicago. But they missed the playoffs in his first season and former Bulls star Joakim Noah said in November that You dont realize what you have with (Thibodeau) until hes not around. They are 13-10 and in fifth place in the East this season.It doesnt happen overnight, Thibodeau said. You have to work at it. Theres going to be some good days, some bad days. Thats all part of it. 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He has been in great form this year and it is sad to see him leave the camp.But Jake is a great addition to the group.I am looking forward to spending a few weeks with him and hopefully playing alongside him.Papallis injury means Trbojevic coulld be a number of rookies alongside Shannon Boyd, Valentine Holmes and Tyson Frizell to make their Test debuts against New Zealand on Saturday.ddddddddddddThe loss of Papalii is a blow to the Kangaroos who are faced with the task of stopping a massive Kiwi pack.But Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said 22-year-old Trbojevic, was a worthy addition to his squad.Jake will give us size and intimidation, Meninga said.It is always disappointing to lose a player of Joshs calibre but this will be a wonderful opportunity for Jake and Im excited to see what he can do in the green and gold jersey.A Test debut would mark a remarkable rise for Trbojevic, who is yet to play State of Origin but is seen as a long term representative player of the future.He has played 47 games for the Sea Eagles since 2013 and re-signed with the club last week until the end of the 2020 NRL season. 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