Sometimes a team needs to hold people who mess up accountable and that's totally normal. This is why Robert Covington has admitted to doing this.
In this case, Robert has brought an honesty policy from his time with the 76ers teammate Dario Saric that should ensure everyone's on the same page. This is something that the Minnesota Timberwolves are now getting after the Jimmy Butler trade. According to Basketball forever, the Timberwolves are now doing better with Covington's team-first philosophy. In fact, the team has now got a 5-2 record since the trade.
Covington seems to be starting off with Karl-Anthony Towns as he would like him to be the head of the snake alongside himself. He would like Towns to act as "the guy communicating with him." He believes the team needs improved communication so that if someone messes up, they'll know who it was and why it happened.
Covington apparently said: “You can’t sugar coat things. That’s one thing we had back in Philly and the same thing I’m bringing here. Tell guys if they messing up that they messing up.” He's not wrong either. The team needs to communicate and if someone just isn't doing their part in that sector or in any sector, that person needs to know. This is a crucial part to victory and if they don't manage to do that, they'll never manage to win as both the chemistry will be off and the lack of situational awareness.
What this means
The Timberwolves have potential, but they need to unlock it. Up until this point, no one has really taken such a proactive step towards holding people accountable. It seems as if the team just pointed fingers at each other when things didn't go well or they simply said that it was a team effort that just didn't work. However, both of those don't solve the problem. What Covington is doing has the power to solve the issues. For example, if someone is having trouble hitting certain shots or just keeping the ball, they can go up to someone and ask for help, to get better.
This new strategy that we're seeing is a win-at-all-costs attitude which lead to the rift between Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins.