There's nothing quite like an international excursion to become acquainted with the colleagues.

In Luc Mbah a Moute's case, he received a little more than he'd expected when he and his new Timberwolves teammates were asked to exit a smoke-filled gym about an hour before game time Wednesday in Mexico City. But other than a brief moment of uncertainty as he walked out of Mexico City Arena, Mbah a Moute viewed the team's NBA Global Games trip as an opportunity to embrace his new franchise a little more fully.

A month into the season, every chance bears meaning.

"Spending time on the plane, at the airport, the hotels, building camaraderie, that's what this is all about," the versatile, defense-first forward told reporters after practice Friday. "I'm continuing to get to know the guys.

"It's been good so far."

Mbah a Moute was traded from Sacramento to Minnesota in a straight-up exchange for Derrick Williams last Tuesday. Since then, his life has become a crash course on the ins and outs of playing alongside Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio and the Rick Adelman school of basketball philosophy.

He's done his best to adapt on the fly, but it's going to take time, the Cameroon native said. With a fully-loaded early-season schedule, there hasn't been much practice time to absorb and start executing.

"Obviously, two practices isn't going to cut it," Mbah a Moute said. "It's a little more complex than that. But I'm getting comfortable. Again, it's a process. It's not going to happen overnight. I know that. And the team knows that."

Against Dallas and Oklahoma City this past weekend, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound UCLA product -- a former teammate of Kevin Love -- logged 43 minutes and 36 seconds. The stopper's role he gleaned during five seasons in Milwaukee peeked through occasionally; he was credited with two blocks, a steal and nine rebounds.