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Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell said Rubio’s absence from the Black team’s 68-54 victory over the White team was purely precautionary after Rubio missed the last couple practices because of what Mitchell called a quad strain.
Fitter, faster Wolves guard said he’s up to being a creator at point or athletic wing scorer.
In charge of a defense that finished last in the NBA in too many categories last season, Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has stepped backward in order to move forward.
Andre Miller knows his role with the Wolves is to teach Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones all that he can.
Zach LaVine is the logical successor to Kevin Martin at the starting shooting-guard spot. The big question is: When?
Shooting coach Mike Penberthy didn’t return to the Timberwolves this season on a full-time basis, but he will continue to work with pupil Ricky Rubio and maybe others, including Zach LaVine.
Nemanja Bjelica’s name a mouthful but the Serbian star can really play.
Solheim Cup showed dark side of U.S.-Europe rivalry.
Just about everybody recounted an emotional summer when they learned that coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders had been stricken with cancer and the complications that followed.
Sam Mitchell bears an interim tag but shows a staying-awhile attitude. He sat down with Jerry Zgoda for a wide-ranging Q&A ahead of the Timberwolves season, which kicks off with media day on Monday.
Sam Mitchell bears an interim tag but shows a staying-awhile attitude.
U.S. captain Davis Love III and European captain Darren Clarke are in town the next several days for a series of events a year in advance of next September’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.
Flip Saunders will have no contact with the team for now, a directive given by Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “Flip has to have the time to get healthy,” said interim head coach Sam Mitchell.
Sam Mitchell Mitchell played seven seasons in Minnesota for Flip Saunders and coached for him one more. He will coach the players Saunders has assembled and teach Saunders’ system.
The Timberwolves announced Tuesday that coach and team president Flip Saunders has a “treatable and curable form of cancer” and will continue with his duties.
The length of Sam Mitchell’s appointment as interim head coach is uncertain and based upon Flip Saunders’ health and recovery. It’s expected to be at the very least through October
Registration for a draw to buy tickets begins June 22 and continues through September’s end, the one-year mark to the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns’ introduction to the NBA — and vice versa — delivered this past week in Las Vegas just what his team hoped from the draft’s No. 1 pick: a good bit of everything.
Andrew’s older brother, Nick, is getting a chance in Las Vegas to showcase his talent in the Summer League.
With his new contract signed, Kevin Garnett shared time and wisdom with youngsters during a Summer League practice in Las Vegas.
At 6-10, Adreian Payne gives the Wolves legitimate NBA power forward size and athleticism.
Timberwolves rookie point guard Tyus Jones promised his coach he would do better on Saturday’s second day of Las Vegas Summer League play than he did the first, and he did so the way any member of his generation might.
The Timberwolves dealt the 27-year-old wing player to the Pacers for three-point shooting forward Damjan Rudez.
As if he didn’t know so already, new Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns recognized he had a classic case of rookie nerves after he chucked a shot in the opening moments of his first real NBA action and it hit nothing but desert air.
A crowd of 15,200 waited in long lines and showed up at Target Center for a scrimmage that featured first-round draft picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones.
“People, you can just tell, we’re always trending,” second-year guard Zach LaVine said of his team's new-found popularity. About 10,000 fans are expected for a free scrimmage tonight.
First-round selections Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones already see a connection growing.
Bjelica exercised his reported $1.3 million “out” clause — partly paid by the Wolves — just hours after his contract expired with the Fenerbahce Ulker team in Istanbul.
Karl-Anthony Towns used the word “awesome” when he discussed the prospect of playing with Tyus Jones and “amazing” when asked about playing with Ricky Rubio.
Barring a seismic shift before Thursday night’s NBA draft, the Wolves are expected to select Towns with the first overall No. 1 pick in franchise history.
Former Cooper star Rashad Vaughn rolled the dice, honing his game away from home.
The Kentucky big man's well-rounded game is likely to get him selected first overall in the NBA draft on Thursday.
Pure size has not defined the NBA in recent years the way gifted point guards and wings have. It could figure in a team passing on one of the coveted but unpolished top-three bigs Thursday night.
Both players are game-changers in different ways, according to the DeLaSalle coach, whose team has won four straight state titles and coached both of them at an All-Star Game last year.
The two men deepest inside a whirlwind of emotion and celebration could barely speak when their team won the league’s top draft pick for the first time after 16 unsuccessful tries.
Whatever happens Tuesday in the NBA’s draft lottery, the Timberwolves can draft no lower than fourth come June.
At the NBA combine, Apple Valley's Tyus Jones said he decided to turn pro after one year at Duke because it “was the best time for me.”
This week, Flip Saunders and his scouting staff is in Chicago for the annual draft combine getting a look at players.
The budding star has tackled everything thrown his way in his first NBA season.
The Timberwolves’ Flip Saunders wants his young team to improve its defense, its ball-handling, its individual players’ strength.
Some question whether Golden State, the league’s best team, can win in the NBA postseason.
The Wolves own a 25 percent chance to win the June draft’s No. 1 pick and, no matter what happens in the draft lottery, won't pick lower than fourth.
Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine have been where Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones is going, from one season of big-time college basketball all the way to the NBA.
The way Timberwolves coach and chief decisionmaker Flip Saunders sees it, there exists two divergent roads to lasting NBA success and his team definitely followed one of them in this long, lousy season.
Near the end of a long, lousy season they probably can’t too soon forget, the Timberwolves witnessed their future clear as can be Saturday night at Golden State.
Hours after the Wolves announced Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left ankle, Zach LaVine scored a new rookie record 37 points in a losing effort.
The former Wolves player, now a Lakers assistant, recalled his role in an ill-fated shooting spree.
Timberwolves rookies are four games away from the end of an introductory season more demanding than whatever they might have imagined.
The Timberolves still have the NBA’s second-worst record with four games remaining after Wednesday’s 116-91 loss in Portland.
PORTLAND – Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic underwent surgery in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday that left coach Flip Saunders hopeful his richly paid…
The two coaches spent years in the CBA before making it to the NBA.
Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic will undergo surgery next week to remove damaged tissue and repair his right Achilles tendon, the team said Thursday.
Challengers have emerged, but Andrew Wiggins remains a Rookie of the Year favorite. On Wednesday, Wiggins scored at least 20 points for the 26th time this season.
The Wolves lost their third straight game and for the 13th time in the past 16 games while keeping hold on the NBA’s second-worst record.
James Harden scored 16 of his 33 points in the third quarter, and 31 of those in the first three quarters as the Rockets won their 49th game of the season.
Wednesday’s game with the Timberwolves is pertinent only for its draft-lottery implications: The Lakers lead the Wolves in the win column by two, 18-16.
The Wolves had only seven healthy players for their overtime win over Utah and coach Flip Saunders was outraged afterward over suggestions his team is losing on purpose.
The Timberwolves lost yet another player to the injured list on Monday when they played at Utah without starting shooting guard Kevin Martin and his ailing hamstring.
Sean Kilpatrick had mere hours to pack, drive and join Wolves at the Garden.
Nikola Pekovic missed his fifth consecutive game Thursday because of that perpetually hurting ankle.
The shorthanded Wolves might have hurt their lottery odds by beating the Knicks in overtime Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
TORONTO – Timberwolves forward Anthony Bennett predicts his return from a sprained ankle is near. It just wasn’t near enough Wednesday. He says he…
Despite the result, another loss, Andrew Wiggins cherished playing in Toronto for the first time in front of a welcoming crowd.
In an eerie rerun of a drubbing in last fall, the Spurs were merciless as the Timberwolves had only eight players available due to injuries.
SAN ANTONIO – Timberwolves guard Gary Neal left San Antonio two summers ago and missed out on the Spurs winning an NBA title that…
Strong play and a bond with Nikola Pekovic may help teammates remember Justin Hamilton's name.
Russell Westbrook turned in a 29-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound game before he sat the final two minutes against a Wolves team missing five players.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Once 3-12 while its two superstars sat out injured, the Oklahoma City Thunder has righted itself, moving from nine games below…
Since last month’s All-Star Game Russell Westbrook has averaged 33.3 points a game and delivered triple-double games in five of his past seven.
Nikola Pekovic played only eight minutes in a loss, but Flip Saunders got to see more of two new players.
PHOENIX – Timberwolves rookie Adreian Payne started Wednesday for a second consecutive game and veteran Kevin Garnett sat out once again, this time in…
The rookie summoned some aggression when the Wolves were struggling.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders are among the NBA’s very few who also make their teams' personnel decisions.
The rookie power forward posted a double-double in big minutes after starting in Kevin Garnett’s spot.
Los Angeles was where Kevin Garnett and a young Ricky Rubio first wowed each other during a labor-stoppage workout.
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