If Rick Adelman were calling the shots the Timberwolves' upcoming preseason slate would look significantly different.

No international foe to kick things off Monday. No four-games-in-six-nights stretch. Certainly not two trips across the United States' northern border.

"It's not the way I'd want to do it" Adelman said after practice Saturday at the Target Center "but it's the way we've set it up."

"We" apparently referring to the NBA which is currently immersed in initiatives to grow the game internationally. For Minnesota that means hosting Russian professional team CSKA Moscow on Monday and squaring off with Boston on Oct. 20 in Montreal Quebec.

Adelman understands the league's emphasis on reaching out to other countries he says but would rather see how his roster stacks up against talent it will face throughout the regular season.

Even if it means denying fans a look at the team guard Alexey Shved and former Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko used to play for.

"There's a lot of teams in our league" Adelman said. "Last year was Israel this year it's a Russian team. I'd just as soon play NBA competition."

Last year Minnesota hosted Israeli pro club Maccabi Haifa B.C. during the preseason.

Minnesota also has a road date Wednesday with the Toronto Raptors -- the second of four exhibition outings in six days before a weeklong layoff.

It doesn't exactly give the Timberwolves time to ease their way into game play. While that's a detriment Adelman said it's not all bad.

"At least through four games we're gonna have a pretty good idea of where we are and we have a whole week to look at film and get back and ready for the last three games" the third-year coach said.