Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Cavs' coach fined $25K for Friday night's comments

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves practice news, Wolves news Updated: December 9, 2012 - 6:19 PM

Well, Cleveland coach Byron Scott apparently should have tried another way.

Miffed after the Timberwolves attempted 35 free throws to his team's nine, Scott said this after the Wolves' 91-73 victory at Target Center on Friday:

"I am trying to figure out a way to say this without getting fined," he said. "It was that bad, it really was. It was that bad. I understandthat we are playing in Minnesota. We went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34 and we got nine free throws. I think that speaks for itself."

The NBA spoke Sunday afternoon when it fined Scott $25,000 for that public criticism of the game officials.

Kevin Love attempted twice as many free throws -- 18 -- as the entire Cavaliers' team.

Some other news from Sunday and the Wolves' practice at Target Center:

* Brandon Roy is back with the team after spending the last couple of weeks back home in the Pacific Northwest while he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery.

He was alongside his teammates in the weight room, but didn't practice.

* Terry Porter coached practice because Rick Adelman went back to Oregon on Saturday to attend a court dedication ceremony at the community college where he got his first head-coaching job, in 1977.

Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., dedicated its Ward Paldanius Court, named after the college's former athletic director who hired Adelman to his first head job after a playing career in the NBA.

* The Wolves'  next game, against Denver on Wednesday, is just three days away.

Will Ricky Rubio make his NBA debut that night.

Not if you believe Porter, who when asked if Rubio looks game ready said today, "Oh, I don't know, I imagine it's a long way before that happens. There's a lot more practice he has got to get under his belt and some more evaluations before they give him the clearance."

 

 

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