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.

Looks like Love starts tonight vs. Lakers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: December 11, 2009 - 4:04 PM

Kevin Love wore a black starter's jersey at this morning's shootaround at Staples Center, an indication he will get his first start one week after returning from that season-opening broken hand.

Love has three double-doubles in four games off the bench. Kurt Rambis has maintained he'll adjust the starting lineup for the immediate future based on matchups.

The Lakers' combo of 7-footer Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol gives the Wolves problems whether Love, Jefferson and Gomes are their frontcourt or Gomes, Jefferson and Damien Wilkins are.

And Ryan Hollins probably ain't the answer, either.

Expect Wilkins to return to a reserve role tonight, which, of course, is Rambis' homecoming to a Lakers franchise where he spent most of his professional career.

Rambis led his new team through a workout yesterday at his old office, the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo.

Somebody asked him if it felt strange standing out there on the court with the Wolves.

"It wasn't weird standing with my team," Rambis said. "Maybe in this practice facility. It's changed. They've got a lot of banners and jerseys hanging up. Makes it awful bright and yellow in here."

The Lakers now have oversized yellow jerseys remembering Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, etc., up on the gym wall.

Hey, where's No. 31?

"I'm painting it in as soon as you guys leave," Rambis told reporters.

The Lakers are scheduled to delay tonight's start by a minute for a ceremony to give Rambis his championship ring for last season.

"That whole minute, just for him?" Love asked with a grin. "How special."

Here's a story written for today's site and paper on Rambis' return:

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wolves/79024587.html

Also, just FYI:

You can catch Ricky Rubio again on NBA TV's European Game of the Week Saturday at noon.

Spoiler alert: His Regal Barcelona team stays undefeated in Euroleague play in a rout of Croatian team Cibona.

 

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