Shabazz Muhammad said he has "no regret" the way things turned out, but called himself "obviously a little disappointed" that better contract offers didn't materialize.
The difference, according to Crawford: Thibodeau's meticulous nature, his preparation, perhaps even his single-mindedness.
The NBA has had a longtime rule that requires players, coaches and trainers to stand during the national anthem.
He has been in 18 NBA training camps and played for 18 coaches, but the Wolves' 37-year-old vet says Tom Thibodeau is unlike any coach he has had.
The Wolves' new All-Star talked Sunday about training camp's opening practices in San Diego.
His absence has been noticed in the early days of the Wolves' San Diego training camp by those who know him best.
Wolves players Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague, Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones talk Friday at Media Day
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said he will use the lengthy preseason trip to build team chemistry. All told, the team will be away form Minneapolis for 18 days.
Justin Patton was the "other" player acquired by the Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler draft night blockbuster
Saturday's reported trade involving Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City means more competition for the Wolves in the West if they intend to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Wolves' young star Karl-Anthony Towns discusses everything from camp's first practice, what he considers an immediately improved defense and how love and respect can change the world
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is due a five-year, $148 million contract and says he'll sign soon, and the money won't change him.
Nemanja Bjelica, a 6-10 forward, missed the final 15 games last season and had surgery over the summer.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden talk Friday at Media Day
The Wolves left town for over two weeks on Friday. The players can expect to hear much in that time from Coach Thibodeau on a proper defensive closeout.
At the Timberwolves' annual media day, he says "Minnesota has been good to me" with his $148 million contract looming
The fourth year guard hasn't signed the contract and doesn't have an agent, but isn't worried as camp opens.
Wolves players Cole Aldrich, Aaron Brooks, Justin Patton, Amile Jefferson and Melo Trimble talk training camp at media day
"We're going to stay with the Lynx as they play out their run," Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor said, adding: "That's our priority."
Aaron Brooks, 32, is the third former Chicago Bulls player to join Tom Thibodeau for his second season in Minnesota