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After guaranteeing them $50 million for these next five years, Wolves owner Glen Taylor envisions a third window opening in franchise history, even if the first two times didn't turn out as he'd hoped.
A decade before he helped an ambitious teenager named Kobe Bryant develop his game in Philadelphia, Thibodeau did the same in Boston-area gyms with Arne Duncan, an Ivy League player long on desire and short on ability.
The new coach and team president is a product of the Bill Musselman coaching tree.
The coach and president of basketball operations is candid about the team's strengths and weaknesses as he takes charge.
It was a sweeping decision that transitions the franchise from October's tumultuous death of Flip Saunders, its coach and president of basketball operations, to a new day.
The former Warriors coach is in line for an interview.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has met with all three of those candidates for the job; The Associated Press is reporting that he will meet with former Golden State coach Mark Jackson too.
The Warriors face Houston — the team they beat in last year's Western Conference finals — in a first-round series starting Saturday afternoon in Oakland.
Now that the season is over, Timberwolves players soon will scatter to all points for the summer, if they haven't already.Before they left, General Manager…
Interim coach Sam Mitchell will not return and the job may be the most attractive opening in the NBA because of the team's talented young players, several of whom seemed stunned by the news.
Karl-Anthony Towns beat Portland with a bread-and-butter hook when his number was called late.
Wolves will try to become the odd playoff team with a pass-first point guard
Tyus Jones has found other ways to contribute when his long-range shot is off.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both see Tuesday night's upset at Golden State as a bright sign for the Timberwolves.
Andrew Wiggins scored 27 of his 32 points after halftime, and the Wolves rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to defeat the NBA's most dominant team.
Sidney Lowe said watching Monday's thrilling NCAA title game took him back in time to when his NC State team knocked off Houston.
He has developed a relationship with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, which teaches 100 students from 35 different school districts. He donated $10,000 to the school from his February slam-dunk winnings.
The Timberwolves, a team pushing to disrupt others' efforts to make the playoffs, didn't accomplish that Friday against the Jazz.
Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns each attended a Clippers playoff game in Los Angeles last spring. LaVine said he'll "definitely" attend at least one this year.
In era of strategic days off, young Wolves starters are set on not missing games as the season comes to a close.
Calling Wednesday's loss the "worst game" this season, Mitchell's postgame media address lasted little more than 30 seconds.
While Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett watched his 30th consecutive game from the sideline because of a sore knee, former Boston teammate Paul Pierce stayed home in Los Angeles for the Clippers' quick two-game Midwestern trip to Target Center on Wednesday and to Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Andrew Wiggins took only 13 shots but scored 32 points Monday. "I've just been shooting without thinking," he said.
"I know my role, I know my game," he said. "I know what they want from me." Toughened up by his older relatives, journeyman Greg Smith won't back dow
The veteran guard said his former team's young stars have been given no expectations or goals.
Gorgui Dieng's three-point shot late in regulation sent the Wolves to not one but two overtimes Friday, where they won it 132-129 after he made yet another shot, albeit a shorter one.
The NBA owner didn't address coach Sam Mitchell's future on Friday, other than to say he and team management will evaluate "everything" at season's end.
Autograph-seeking fans lined up early Monday morning outside the Warriors' hotel across from Target Center, waiting for a glimpse of superstar Stephen Curry, just like whenever MIchael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls came to opposing cities two decades ago.
James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points, and Patrick Beverly added 18 points and 10 assists.
Michael Beasley, now with his fourth NBA team, wonders what might have been if he, Kevin Love and other lottery picks had all stayed together.
Wolves second-year guard Zach LaVine has sizzled since no longer being made to play the point. "Just more comfortable," he said.
Two nights after they lost by 49 points at Houston, the Grizzlies surrendered 42 first-quarter points and trailed by large margins before rallying to make the game close.
"This is the best time of the year," reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones said of the NCAA tournament.
Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell on reserve players: "Play some defense. Get a rebound. Set a screen. It's can't just be guys coming into the game thinking they're going to score all the time."
Mirza Teletovic's three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left lifted Phoenix over Minnesota, much like Ricky Rubio's three defeated the Thunder on Friday.
At the beginning of the season, Jones said it would take time to adjust to the longer three-point line and to learn how to get his shot off in a bigger, faster league. Time has passed.
The son of a former NFL player who prepped him for fame and a self-proclaimed gym rat nearly all his young life, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine knows well what it's like to be coached.
The hard work that Ricky Rubio put in leading to his game-winner vs. Thunder wasn't lost on the Wolves.
Rubio finished with 13 points and 12 assists, and Gorgui Dieng supplied another 25 points.
After 39 years on the job, Joey Crawford will no longer hop across the court to dramatize a call. He hoped to return this month for the regular season's finish and playoffs, but pain and arthritis won't subside in a knee that required December surgery.
A stretch of seven games in 11 days didn't help in keeping depleted roster fresh.
Down three star players and without their head coach, the Spurs still had little trouble beating the Wolves at Target Center.
"I wasn't here that long," Andre Miller said of his emotionless return to Target Center on Tuesday with the Spurs.
The Wolves' multitalented big man showed off his passing game against Brooklyn and came away with aseason high in assists.
The starters responded to the coach's benching from the previous night with a hot-shooting performance at home.
Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell didn't speak to his starting five after he benched them for most of Friday's second half at Milwaukee.
Glen Taylor met with Los Angeles private-equity investor Steve Kaplan on Wednesday in continuing negotiations to sell part of the franchise that are complex and proceeding slowly.
Washington's backups outscored the Wolves badly led by Bradley Beal's 26 points.
Greg Smith is much-needed healthy body for a Wolves team that briefly had two open roster spots after it waived Andre Miller and Kevin Martin.
Kevin Martin will now be free to sign with any team in time for the playoffs. The deal was reached just before a Tuesday-night deadline.
Undermanned and undersized, the Timberwolves played on with only two true, healthy big men available Sunday in Dallas.
Saturday's Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns duel in New Orleans will feature two bigs with revolutionary skill sets.
The Timberwolves bought out Andre Miller's expiring contract and waived the veteran guard on Thursday. There could be more moves in the next few days.
A blown lead at Target Center two weeks ago motivated the Raptors on Wednesday night back on their home court vs. the Wolves.
Sam Mitchell once coached a young Toronto team built around one blossoming star. Now he's the interim coach of a Timberwolves team that has two, maybe even three.
Rubio's name was often brought up in pre-deadline rumors.
The Timberwolves made 11 three-pointers and all 31 of their free-throws but turned the ball over 20 times.
Despite trade rumors about Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, no deadline deals emerged.
Interim head coach Sam Mitchell is intrigued by the Wolves young starting lineup that made its debut in last week's comeback victory over Toronto.
Long, tall players are expanding their games and finding there's still a place for them in today's NBA
All-Star weekend isn't just about fun, it's also about learning from the best players in the game.
Sparked by 35 points and three blocks from rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves' comeback was their biggest this season and the team surpassed last year's victory total.
Tayshaun Prince received permission from the Wolves to attend former teammate Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement ceremony in Detroit.
With few alternatives, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has tested the team's young players to find their limits.
The Wolves followed their first two-game winning streak since before Christmas by losing to a Pelicans team that came into the night 18-32 and had lost four games in a row
Given the team's current state and schedule, those playing-time increases for both men might continue at least through the forthcoming All-Star break.
Karl-Anthony Towns considers himself something of a guard in a 7-footer's body, thanks to the way he learned the game's fundamentals.
Wiggins followed Tuesday's 30-point performance in a shooting guard duel with Bryant by scoring 31 on Wednesday, the second time this season he has reached 30 points in back-to-back games.
Andrew Wiggins followed one 30-point game in Los Angeles with another on consecutive nights, and the Wolves snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Clippers.
The Wolves played 14 inspired final minutes Tuesday that still weren't enough to beat Kobe Bryant's 38-point night.
The Lakers' retiring superstar made seven of 11 three-pointers and L.A. snapped a 10-game losing streak after defeating the Wolves 119-115 on Tuesday.
Nikola Pekovic finds himself in something of a paradox: A man so big and physical but so limited by the complexity of the human foot's muscles, tendons and nerves.
Andrew Wiggins followed Friday's five-point, zero-rebound, zero-assist game in a loss at Utah by shooting 3-for-18 from the field. The Wolves' current losing streak hit four games.
"You just throw that kind of game out the window," he said of Friday's five-point effort at Utah.
The third-year pro starred Friday as he develops under Sam Mitchell.
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