The dedicated segment of the fan base that struggled to watch Leandro Bolmaro play meaningful minutes finally got its moment in Philadelphia on Saturday, as Argentina’s rookie guard entered the game in the first quarter of the Timberwolves’ victory.
Bolmaroo played 17 minutes, which included three points, three rebounds and one assist.
“I’m really happy for him, for the work that I’m doing every day,” Bolmaroo said. “I look forward to having 20 games in the rotation, so it’s amazing to me because I never expected it. It’s really cool for me to have this opportunity. I’m just grateful for the work I do every day.” , and I want to continue that.”
It has been a process for Bolmaroo, who was picked by Wolves in the first round of the 2020 draft. He spent the next year playing overseas before arriving. He made several trips to Iowa this fall to play with the G-League team, with Bolmaroo saying it “helped a lot.”
“I practiced like crazy every day,” Bolmaroo said. “Sometimes I’d go play and see how it worked and what was working.”
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch credits the Iowa staff for helping Bolmaroo prepare to contribute at the NBA level. He added that what Bolmaroo did in Philadelphia is exactly what players should do with a new opportunity.
“Go in, be solid, don’t make mistakes,” said Finch. “You can’t go backwards when you’re on the floor.”
Bolmaro did a lot to stay in the rotation. He also checked into Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers in the first quarter. Finch said Bolmaroo could provide some of the same things for Wolves that Patrick Beverly was doing before going down with a groin injury.
“Screening, cutting. Gaps on the floor. Creating opportunities for other people. He does it naturally anyway,” Finch said. “So just we want him to do all that stuff. But just, a little, a little more… and with regularity.”
Karl-Anthony Towns said that Bolmaroo could bring many of the same intangibles that Shawn Livingston brought to Dynasty of the Warriors. He can step into a game and control it.
He said, ‘He is one of those people whose game is not flawed. He is good at everything,” Towns said. “He may not be a superstar at anything, but he is very good or even good at everything. He has no flaws. He is a very, very, very well-rounded player. He can give you everything you need.”
And wolves might be able to give more time. For now, the 21-year-old continues to adjust to both life in the NBA, America and this team.
“I try to help the team. I try to give my best every day. It doesn’t matter what I do,” Bolmaroo said. “I will do what the coach says, whatever the team says. I just want to help and be ready for this opportunity.”