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Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023
Location: Minneapolis
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Chris Hine is the Timberwolves reporter at the Star Tribune.


Chris Hine was the Star Tribune's sports analytics reporter before taking over the Wolves beat, He previously spent eight years covering college sports and the Chicago Blackhawks for the Chicago Tribune. He is an amateur piano player and songwriter in his spare time and has an unhealthy obsession with the music of Carole King. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
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Two candidates for the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations job faced each other in this 2001 game: Chauncey Billups, left, and Calvin Boo

Ex-Wolves Billups, Booth among 4 candidates for team's basketball boss

A source said the interview process is expected to last seven to 10 days, with the candidates all coming to Minnesota over that time frame.
Josh Okogie's development is vital, given team’s tight cap situation

Wolves feel salary-cap pinch as they enter offseason

The new president of basketball operations will have to figure out how the Wolves are going to navigate their finances while filling out the roster and remaining competitive.
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has retained his optimism and stayed committed to the Wolves amid the team’s chaos.

After rocky start, Towns shows Wolves future still centers on him

Karl-Anthony Towns' statistics improved significantly after the Jimmy Butler drama ended with his trade to the 76ers, and showed how important Towns is to the Wolves' future.
Wolves fans hoped for more production from Andrew Wiggins after the midseason change of coaches from Tom Thibodeau to Ryan Saunders.

Enigma Wiggins says he had 'OK season,' even if fans may disagree

The Wolves are in the process of searching for a new president of basketball operations, someone who will have a major influence over the roster and Andrew Wiggins' future.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders and forward Taj Gibson

A grueling Wolves season is over at last. So what's ahead?

Some players said it was among the most difficult seasons they have encountered, from Jimmy Butler's situation to Tom Thibodeau's firing to injuries that hampered the team.
Timberwolves forward Keita Bates-Diop, left, stole the ball from Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the first half Wednesday.

One last loss: Wolves blow late double-digit lead to end season

The Wolves led by 11 with four minutes to play, only to have Denver make a 12-0 run to take the lead with 31.5 seconds remaining.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, right, spoke to team owner Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, before the start of a recent game.

Wolves are launching search for new president of basketball operations

Wolves plan to hire a president of basketball operations to play a key role in the process.
Coach Ryan Saunders, at Tuesday’s final home game against the Raptors, has won support and praise from Timberwolves players since taking over.

After losing a star and their coach, Wolves look to establish stability

Jimmy Butler's trade and coach Tom Thibodeau's firing made for a tumultuous season. The Wolves' offseason will include a search for a new president of basketball operations and determining if coach Ryan Saunders and GM Scott Layden will be retained.
Wolves forward Dario Saric fought for possession of the ball against the Raptors' Danny Green in the first half Tuesday.

Wolves' mix-and-match lineup loses home finale to Raptors

With Karl-Anthony Towns out, Wolves coach Ryan Saunders pieced together some odd combinations on the floor.
Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders would like the interim tag removed for next season.

Saunders will try to keep Wolves focused in final two games

The Wolves have two games remaining, starting with Tuesday's home finale against Toronto, but they are like the final exams seniors take already accepted to college. They count, but not really.
Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) drove around Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter (12)

Culver struggles in perhaps his final game with Texas Tech

Jarrett Culver finished with 15 points on 5-for-22 shooting in Monday's title game, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.
Auburn guard Bryce Brown is consoled by a teammate after losing to Virginia.

Red-eyed Tiger players offer no excuses after controversial finish

Controversial call goes against Auburn but assistant coach says, 'It didn't come down to one play'
Tyus Jones cut down the net after Duke's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the 2015 Final Four championship game

Wolves players have Final Four tales to tell of heartbreak and happiness

Tyus Jones is one of multiple Timberwolves who have reached the Final Four. His trip ended with a national championship. Others weren't as fortunate.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shoots against Mavericks defenders Dwight Powell (7) and Dirk Nowitzki (41)

New faces, and a better finish, for Wolves this time in Dallas

Karl-Anthony Towns snapped out of his recent slump by scoring 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting as the Wolves returned to Dallas for the first time since the first week of the season.
Wolves center Gorgui Dieng’s foundation, which hosts a benefit Thursday, works to improve access to health care, food and education in his native co

Wolves center Dieng's work provides jobs, reasons to dream in Senegal

The Gorgui Dieng Foundation raises money for medical supplies, food and basketball camp equipment for his home country.
Wolves forward Dario Saric (36) had a rough time against his old team Saturday, scoring four points on 1-for-6 shooting.

Wolves' Saric struggles vs. 76ers but enjoys 'new family'

Dario Saric has endured an up-and-down season on the court for the Wolves since being traded here in the Jimmy Butler deal.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns pulled down a defensive rebound against Philadelphia guard Jimmy Butler in the first half Saturday night.

Wolves fans boo Butler in Philadelphia's 118-109 victory

Every time Jimmy Butler touched the ball in Philadelphia's 118-109 win over the Wolves, fans let him know their displeasure with the way he forced his way out of town.
Jimmy Butler is returning to Target center on Saturday.

Jimmy Butler preparing for the hate when he returns to town Saturday

Saturday will be a big moment for Wolves fans who will get a chance to voice their full-throated displeasure with the way Butler orchestrated his exit to Philadelphia.
Golden State star Klay Thompson put up a midrange jumper at Dallas in November. Thompson is scoring 24.2 percent of his points on midrange baskets thi

Warriors have learned to embrace the midrange jumper

The defending NBA champions, who visit the Wolves again on Friday, take long two-pointers with greater frequency and success than most foes.
Karl-Anthony Towns, dunking on the Warriors’ Kevin Durant last week, is averaging 30.9 points since the All-Star break, second best in the NBA.

Wolves are using Towns more and better under Saunders

NBA Insider: One reason for Karl-Anthony Towns' blossoming statistics could be Ryan Saunders' nuanced and analytical take on getting him the ball in productive spots on the floor.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shoots against Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas (17) and forward Bruno Caboclo (5)

Out, not down: Wolves open final stretch with win in Memphis

Officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Timberwolves conducted business as usual and beat the Grizzlies.
Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins said he is “comfortable” with playing point guard down the stretch when Tyus Jones and Jerryd Bayless are on the ben

Wolves turn to Wiggins as point guard injuries add up

The Wolves have only two healthy point guards for their remaining 10 games — Tyus Jones and Jerryd Bayless. So the time has come to get create.
Josh Okogie endured a “gloomy” period that passed.

Finish strong, keep growing: Wolves' Okogie busts through rookie wall

Over the past three games, Josh Okogie has found renewed energy. He's averaging 16.7 points per game on 56 percent shooting while playing 33 minutes per game.
Three of the NBA’s best teams — the Warriors, 76ers and Raptors — will be making their only visits to Target Center in the coming weeks. That me

Top dogs come to Timberwolves door

Character tests arrive -- in the forms of Golden State and several other NBA playoffs-bound teams -- after another winless road trip for the Wolves.
Wolves wing Cameron Reynolds.

Reynolds looking like he belongs in Wolves rotation

With new contract in hand, the newest Wolves player got to play in his hometown Sunday night.
Rockets star James Harden shot as Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie defended in the first half Sunday.

Another bad memory from Houston as Rockets batter Wolves 117-102

The look on Wolves coach Ryan Saunders' face said it all. Mouth open. Head shaking side to side as he stared out at the court when his team made another defensive flub.
One of the things that makes James Harden so dangerous is that in addition being a great scorer, he can drive to the basket and toss lobs to the Rocke

Step back and appreciate James Harden, Wolves fans

Only Michael Jordan (once, in 1986-87) and Wilt Chamberlain (five times) have had higher scoring averages than James Harden, who leads the Rockets vs. the Wolves on Sunday night.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins battled with Jazz guard Ricky Rubio

'Effort' plays cost Wolves as downward spiral continues

The Timberwolves on Thursday kept the game close for long stretches, but the Jazz never let up and sent Minnesota to its 11th road loss in 12 games.
Timberwolves guards Jerryd Bayless, front, and Tyus Jones

Social media, 'keyboard warriors' weighing on Wolves, NBA

The NBA has grown in popularity in part because of social media chatter. But it comes with a cost, and Commissioner Adam Silver said it's a human cost eating at the mental health of players.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns had 40 points and 16 rebounds against the Wizards on Saturday night, but missed the end of the fourth quarter and ove

Towns plays vs. Denver; five other Wolves still out with injuries

Karl-Anthony Towns said he was "blessed" to be playing so quickly after a knee injury on Saturday. But Andrew Wiggins, Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, Robert Covington and Luol Deng remained out.
Keita Bates-Diop, shown defending the Wizards’ Thomas Bryant on Saturday, has been impressive the past two games in his first extended playing time.

Injuries give 'cerebral' Bates-Diop a chance to show his skills

The Wolves have had multiple wing players injured — Robert Covington, Luol Deng and Andrew Wiggins. That's opened the way for Keita Bates-Diop to get some extended playing time.
The Knicks' Kevin Knox tried to shoot over the Timberwolves' Josh Okogie in the first half of Minnesota's 103-92 victory at Target Center on Sunday.

No Towns? No Wiggins? No problem for Wolves against lowly Knicks

For the first time since Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns suited up together in 2015, the Timberwolves played a game without both of them on the floor.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns had 40 points and 16 rebounds against the Wizards on Saturday night, but missed the end of the fourth quarter and ove

Source: Wolves' Towns avoids serious injury

The Wolves star center left Saturday night's victory because of a knee injury and will not play in tonight's game against the Knicks.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns had 40 points and 16 rebounds against the Wizards on Saturday night, but missed the end of the fourth quarter and ove

Wolves nip Wizards in overtime; Towns injured

Towns left the game late in the fourth quarter because of a right knee injury, but his teammates pulled together in OT.
Wolves forward Dario Saric (shown in a recent game against the Thunder) had 13 points and six rebounds Saturday night in a 135-130 overtime victory ov

When Wolves' Saric find his shot, it's tricky to get him to shoot it

Interim coach Ryan Saunders said if Saric has one flaw, it's that he might care too much about how he's playing, and that can affect his play overall.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns closes in on Pistons guard Bruce Brown during the first half

Gibson ejected, Towns fouls out, Wolves wheels come off in loss to Detroit

After Minnesota took a 90-88 lead, the Pistons scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter. After Gibson's ejection, they put the Wolves away with a 14-3 run.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Rest time hard to find for Wolves since All-Star break

Wednesday night in Detroit was the Timberwolves' third set of back-to-back games since returning from the All-Star break Feb. 22.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shot over Wizards forward Trevor Ariza during the first half Sunday.

Timberwolves again struggle on road, fall to Wizards

Team grasps for answers after latest road runaway.
The dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington in 2016.

Timberwolves players visit African American history museum

The Timberwolves made the most of their time in the nation's capital this weekend with a team outing to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Ryan Saunders

Saunders returns to where it all began for his coaching career

Wolves interim coach Ryan Saunders began his NBA career as a Washington assistant. Minnesota plays at the Wizards on Sunday.
Gorgui Dieng

Dieng loses spot in Wolves rotation; Saunders explains why

The backup center has not played in any of the past three games, including Thursday night's 122-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers, even though he was healthy.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shoots in front of Pacers forward Thaddeus Young during the first half

Wolves show their season's worth of ills in loss to Indiana

Anyone who was watching the Wolves for the first time this season, saw them put together a lowlight reel of the various ways they have lost close games this season.
Atlanta forward Taurean Prince shoots as Timberwolves forward Dario Saric defends during the first half

Timberwolves melt away in overtime loss at Atlanta

A winnable game on the road slipped away from the Timberwolves, latgely because of slacking defense toward the end. Minnesota led by nine entering the fourth quarter, but fizzled.
Robert Covington

Wolves assign Robert Covington to G-League as he eyes return from injury

"I think people could definitely assume that's a step in the right direction," coach Ryan Saunders said. "We want to see how his body reacts."
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns involved in car accident, placed in concussion protocol

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was involved in a car accident Thursday in the Twin Cities as he was traveling to the airport.
Taj Gibson dunks the ball in front of the Knicks' DeAndre Jordan (6), Damyean Dotson (21) and Noah Vonleh (32) during the first half.

Wolves, minus Towns, get full team effort to beat Knicks in New York

The bench players rose to the occasion to help the Wolves make up for Karl-Anthony Towns' rare absence from the lineup, and win their third in a row.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway, center, celebrates his empty-net goal with teammates Eric Staal, left, Ryan Donato, Anthony Bitetto and Brad Hunt

'I'm a good player.' Donato welcomes fresh opportunity with Wild

Wild General Manager Paul Fenton said the trade of Charlie Coyle to Boston for Ryan Donato put players "on notice."
Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 23.1 points and 12.0 rebounds at the All-Star break.

Guarded life: Towns says 'no one really gets to know what's going on'

This season has tested Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns personally and professionally. But his selection to Sunday's NBA All-Star Game was a bright spot.
James Harden and Jeff Teague battle for the ball Wednesday night at Target Center.

Teague steps up his game with Andrew Wiggins out again

Jeff Teague picked a good time to have perhaps his best game of the year on Thursday
Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, follows through on a shot as Minnesota Timberwolves' Josh Okogie jumps past him in the second half of an NBA bask

Harden scores 42? Wolves say no big deal after 121-111 win over Rockets

James Harden scored 42 points to extend his streak of games with 30 or more points to 31. But rookie Josh Okogie brought some defensive fire to make the superstar's night difficult.
Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie went up for a shot against Orlando.

Wolves' playoff hopes fading, but say there's reason for optimism

Timberwolves players say that the team's inactivity at trade deadline is OK, because reinforcements are coming.
Dario Saric has averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 41 games with the Wolves.

Saric looking to find comfort zone with the Wolves

Interim coach Ryan Saunders said he's made some adjustments in how Dario Saric operates within the Wolves offense.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns works against New Orleans forward Anthony Davis during the first half

'Fatigued and banged up' Wolves let one get away at New Orleans

Anthony Davis sat out the final 15 minutes, 14 seconds Friday, but the Wolves couldn't capitalize despite leading the Pelicans by as many as 18 points.
Isaiah Canaan

Canaan goes from 10-day contract to starting for Wolves

On Friday, the Wolves needed Isaiah Canaan to start against the Pelicans as Jerryd Bayless was out because of a right big toe injury
Jeff Teague

No deal: Wolves stand pat as NBA trade deadline passes

With their inaction, the Wolves are sending the signal that they are going to try and make a push for the playoffs.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr., (13) dives for a loose ball ahead of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, center, in the first half

Wolves know poor start, not foul with 0.1 to play, cost them two-point loss

"The game wasn't won or lost on the last play," Ryan Saunders said. "Got to get the rebound," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "Who fouled who, I don't know," added Josh Okogie, who was called for the foul.
Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders greets Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff last month.

Saunders, Bickerstaff compare interim tag notes, love of Gophers program

One of the most important pieces of advice Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff gave fellow former Gophers basketball player Ryan Saunders was to "stay true to yourself."
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jerryd Bayless (8) drives against Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game F

True to his school: Wolves guard Bayless soon to have college diploma

Jerryd Bayless, an NBA veteran of 11 years, is taking his final steps toward a goal that began when he enrolled at the University of Arizona in 2007.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored the winning basket, and forward Taj Gibson celebrated their 99-97 overtime victory over the Grizzlies on

3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 0.1: Towns' basket at the buzzer gives Wolves overtime victory

Karl-Anthony Towns rebounded from his scoreless, foul-plagued first half to score from the baseline on a rebound jump shot, keeping Wednesday's game against Memphis from going to a second overtime.
Isaiah Canaan played 19 games for Phoenix this season before being waived.

After gruesome injury, guard Canaan gets shot with Wolves

Interim coach Ryan Saunders said Isaiah Canaan would play tonight against the Grizzlies. He played in 19 games before Phoenix waived him in November and is coming back from a broken ankle suffered last season.
Clockwise from right, Anthony Tolliver, Jerryd Bayless and Luol Deng (9) have gone from playing little to logging heavy minutes for the injury-ravaged

No longer buried on the bench, Wolves reserves showing their worth

Jerryd Bayless, Luol Deng and Anthony Tolliver are filling the team's injury void by playing extended minutes after rarely seeing the floor under former coach Tom Thibodeau.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns tried to beat the double-team of Utah’s Ricky Rubio, left, and Rudy Gobert in the first half Sunday.

Jazz pick apart Wolves again by exploiting a big weakness

Utah scored whenever it wanted during the second half on Sunday as the toll of having so many injured players caught up with the Wolves.
Wolves forward Robert Covington hasn’t played since Jan. 2 because of his right knee bone bruise, but he is ramping up his activity and getting clos

Timberwolves on lengthy injured list making progress

On Sunday against the Jazz, the Wolves were down four players who would normally contribute if they were healthy — Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise), Tyus Jones (sprained left ankle), Jeff Teague (left foot injury) and Derrick Rose (right ankle injury).
Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders likes the current makeup of the team, but will it stay intact after the Feb. 7 trade deadline?

Are the Wolves poised to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

With the Feb. 7 trade deadline less than two weeks away, the Wolves find themselves in a precarious position relative to the rest of the league.
The Wolves’ Jared Terrell got an in-the-face challenge from former Wolves guard Ricky Rubio.

Wolves' G-League call-up Terrell contributes when needed

Mop-up duty wasn't why Terrell was on the floor Thursday night in the Wolves' 120-105 victory over the Lakers.
Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson defends during the first half

Who are those guys? Injuries force Wolves deep into bench, beat Lakers by 15

Fill-in starter Josh Okogie played 40 minutes and fourth-string point Jerryd Bayless played 30. Luol Deng played a key role in the second half and undrafted rookie Jared Terrell added 10 points.
Derrick Rose was an MVP in Chicago before he was ravaged by injuries. He was near the top of NBA All-Star voting, but was not named a starter.

Despite being second in fan voting, Wolves' Rose won't get All-Star start

Voting by players and media boosted Houston's James Harden past Derrick Rose for a starting spot on the Western Conference team.
Wolves center Gorgui Dieng left the court after being ejected following an altercation with the Suns' Devin Booker during the second half Tuesday.

Wolves bring the heat to Phoenix, beat Suns by 27

The game featured an unusual and entertaining third-quarter altercation between Gorgui Dieng and Devin Booker, resulting in ejections for both.
Wolves guard Jeff Teague was back on the injury report and missed Tuesday’s game because of a new designation — left foot soreness.

Wolves guard Teague heads back to sidelines with ankle/foot soreness

The point guard said it is related to the left ankle soreness that caused him to miss nine games in December and early January.
Taj Gibson (67) and Josh Okogie (20) couldn't believe a foul call Friday night during the Wolves' loss to the Spurs.

Feeling foul: Towns exits early, Wolves fall short at home to Spurs

Derrick Rose scored 23 points but airballed a three at the buzzer that could have tied the game and the Wolves lost a second consecutive game. Karl-Antony Towns played just 21 minutes before fouling out.
The Wolves’ Josh Okogie, chasing a ball along with the Spurs’ Quincy Pondexter in a late November game, has started seven games in a row.

Wolves rookie Okogie adjusting his game to being a starter

Josh Okogie has been getting a crash course in defending some of the top scorers in the NBA since Robert Covington has missed the past seven games because of a right knee bone bruise.
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons goes up for a dunk during the first half

General soreness: Wolves demolished by Butler, 76ers in 149-107 smackdown

The Wolves allowed 83 points in the first half as the 76ers rolled to victory. As guard Jeff Teague put it: "That was a game we all had marked and they dogged us."
Robert Covington waved to the Philadelphia 76ers crowd on Tuesday

Three ex-76ers now with Wolves make emotional return to Philly

Tuesday was still a homecoming for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless
The Flyers' Nolan Patrick (19) scored against Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk with a nifty between-the-legs shot during the second period of Philadelphia's 7

Lowly Flyers unleash goal barrage; Dubnyk replaced in 7-4 Wild loss

Goalie Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 20 shots and there were plenty of other mistakes by a Wild team that lost another game to one of the NHL's weakest teams.
It didn’t take long for Jimmy Butler to become a hot-button topic, but his 76ers coach quickly defended him.

Sixers getting crash course in life with Jimmy Butler

The trade with Minnesota brought the Sixers someone who plays at an All-Star level, as well as a player who brings drama to your locker room thanks to his competitive nature.
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