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Jerry Zgoda

Reporter | Timberwolves, NBA
phone: 612-673-7197
Jerry has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation. Follow @JerryZgoda
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Wolves have 'unique opportunity' with new management in place

Wolves have 'unique opportunity' with new management in place

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.
Thibodeau fans include former U.S. education secretary

Thibodeau fans include former U.S. education secretary

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.
Thibodeau, a former assistant with expansion Wolves, coming full circle

Thibodeau, a former assistant with expansion Wolves, coming full circle

The new coach and team president is a product of the Bill Musselman coaching tree.
'There are a lot of assets here': Thibodeau assesses job ahead

'There are a lot of assets here': Thibodeau assesses job ahead

The coach and president of basketball operations is candid about the team's strengths and weaknesses as he takes charge.
Glen Taylor Q&A: Wolves owner acted quickly to land who he wanted

Glen Taylor Q&A: Wolves owner acted quickly to land who he wanted

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.
Jackson joins mix for Wolves coach

Jackson joins mix for Wolves coach

The former Warriors coach is in line for an interview.
Wolves talk to Thibodeau, Brooks, Van Gundy about coaching job

Wolves talk to Thibodeau, Brooks, Van Gundy about coaching job

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.
Target doesn't come off Warriors' back for NBA playoffs

Target doesn't come off Warriors' back for NBA playoffs

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.
Wolves notes: Management wants players to spend more time in Minn. in offseason

Wolves notes: Management wants players to spend more time in Minn. in offseason

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…
Mitchell removed as Wolves coach, says 'I did my job'

Mitchell removed as Wolves coach, says 'I did my job'

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.
Towns shows Wolves he can come through as a finisher, too

Towns shows Wolves he can come through as a finisher, too

Karl-Anthony Towns beat Portland with a bread-and-butter hook when his number was called late.
Pass-first, score-second Rubio's game isn't typical in modern NBA

Pass-first, score-second Rubio's game isn't typical in modern NBA

Wolves will try to become the odd playoff team with a pass-first point guard
Jones contributing in Wolves' victories in many ways

Jones contributing in Wolves' victories in many ways

Tyus Jones has found other ways to contribute when his long-range shot is off.
Beating Golden State has Wolves dreaming big

Beating Golden State has Wolves dreaming big

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both see Tuesday night's upset at Golden State as a bright sign for the Timberwolves.
Late-night surprise: Wolves rally to beat Golden State in overtime

Late-night surprise: Wolves rally to beat Golden State in overtime

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.
Best ever? Wolves assistant Lowe was part of '83 NCAA title game

Best ever? Wolves assistant Lowe was part of '83 NCAA title game

Sidney Lowe said watching Monday's thrilling NCAA title game took him back in time to when his NC State team knocked off Houston.
Using sign language skills, Wolves' LaVine silently speaks volumes

Using sign language skills, Wolves' LaVine silently speaks volumes

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.
Wolves' chance to be a spoiler is spoiled in Utah

Wolves' chance to be a spoiler is spoiled in Utah

The Timberwolves, a team pushing to disrupt others' efforts to make the playoffs, didn't accomplish that Friday against the Jazz.
Mitchell urges Wolves players to 'watch playoffs'

Mitchell urges Wolves players to 'watch playoffs'

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.
Wolves youngsters determined to play all 82 games

Wolves youngsters determined to play all 82 games

In era of strategic days off, young Wolves starters are set on not missing games as the season comes to a close.
Wolves toss up a dud against Clippers

Wolves toss up a dud against Clippers

Calling Wednesday's loss the "worst game" this season, Mitchell's postgame media address lasted little more than 30 seconds.
Pierce misses Clippers' road trip

Pierce misses Clippers' road trip

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.
Threes and frees: Wiggins' efficiency in Wolves games improves

Threes and frees: Wiggins' efficiency in Wolves games improves

Andrew Wiggins took only 13 shots but scored 32 points Monday. "I've just been shooting without thinking," he said.
Back in the NBA, Wolves' Smith knows his role

Back in the NBA, Wolves' Smith knows his role

"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
NBA Insider: Miller blasts Wolves' plan from afar

NBA Insider: Miller blasts Wolves' plan from afar

The veteran guard said his former team's young stars have been given no expectations or goals.
Dieng's various heroics send Wolves past Wizards

Dieng's various heroics send Wolves past Wizards

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.
Glen Taylor: GM Newton will run Wolves through draft, into July

Glen Taylor: GM Newton will run Wolves through draft, into July

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.
Curry's appeal reminds Kerr of 1990s Bulls popularity

Curry's appeal reminds Kerr of 1990s Bulls popularity

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.
Wolves end long road trip with 116-111 loss at Houston

Wolves end long road trip with 116-111 loss at Houston

James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points, and Patrick Beverly added 18 points and 10 assists.
Beasley wonders what might have been with Wolves

Beasley wonders what might have been with Wolves

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.
Shooting guard role suits LaVine just fine

Shooting guard role suits LaVine just fine

Wolves second-year guard Zach LaVine has sizzled since no longer being made to play the point. "Just more comfortable," he said.
Wolves win after big leads come and go vs. depleted Memphis

Wolves win after big leads come and go vs. depleted Memphis

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.
NCAA memories conflict for Wolves rookies Tyus Jones, Karl-Anthony Towns

NCAA memories conflict for Wolves rookies Tyus Jones, Karl-Anthony Towns

"This is the best time of the year," reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones said of the NCAA tournament.
Mitchell wants Wolves bench to do more than just score

Mitchell wants Wolves bench to do more than just score

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."
Buzzer-beater goes wrong way for Wolves this time

Buzzer-beater goes wrong way for Wolves this 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.
Despite some nice numbers, Tyus Jones still has 'a long ways to go'

Despite some nice numbers, Tyus Jones still has 'a long ways to go'

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.
NBA Insider: LaVine busy building his brand

NBA Insider: LaVine busy building his brand

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.
Rubio's winning basket is product of determination

Rubio's winning basket is product of determination

The hard work that Ricky Rubio put in leading to his game-winner vs. Thunder wasn't lost on the Wolves.
Rubio's last-second three-pointer allows Wolves to stun Thunder

Rubio's last-second three-pointer allows Wolves to stun Thunder

Rubio finished with 13 points and 12 assists, and Gorgui Dieng supplied another 25 points.
Bad knee forces longtime referee Crawford to retire

Bad knee forces longtime referee Crawford to retire

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.
Short bench takes a bite out of the young Wolves

Short bench takes a bite out of the young Wolves

A stretch of seven games in 11 days didn't help in keeping depleted roster fresh.
Shorthanded San Antonio smashes weary Wolves by 25

Shorthanded San Antonio smashes weary Wolves by 25

Down three star players and without their head coach, the Spurs still had little trouble beating the Wolves at Target Center.
Andre Miller's return to Target Center no sentimental journey

Andre Miller's return to Target Center no sentimental journey

"I wasn't here that long," Andre Miller said of his emotionless return to Target Center on Tuesday with the Spurs.
Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sharpens his passing game

Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sharpens his passing game

The Wolves' multitalented big man showed off his passing game against Brooklyn and came away with aseason high in assists.
Wolves get Mitchell's point, defeat Brooklyn

Wolves get Mitchell's point, defeat Brooklyn

The starters responded to the coach's benching from the previous night with a hot-shooting performance at home.
Mitchell sends Wolves a silent message

Mitchell sends Wolves a silent message

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.
Negotiations to sell part of the Wolves hit a snag

Negotiations to sell part of the Wolves hit a snag

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.
Wolves guards stand out but can't stop Washington's reserves

Wolves guards stand out but can't stop Washington's reserves

Washington's backups outscored the Wolves badly led by Bradley Beal's 26 points.
Mitchell calls newest Wolf Smith type of player worth looking at

Mitchell calls newest Wolf Smith type of player worth looking at

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.
Wolves reach contract buyout with Kevin Martin

Wolves reach contract buyout with 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.
Injury-depleted Wolves are hungry for help

Injury-depleted Wolves are hungry for help

Undermanned and undersized, the Timberwolves played on with only two true, healthy big men available Sunday in Dallas.
Pelicans' Davis, Wolves' Towns helping redefine NBA big men

Pelicans' Davis, Wolves' Towns helping redefine NBA big men

Saturday's Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns duel in New Orleans will feature two bigs with revolutionary skill sets.
Miller released by Wolves; Will Kevin Martin be next?

Miller released by Wolves; Will Kevin Martin be next?

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.
Lowry takes charge late, Raptors get revenge against Wolves

Lowry takes charge late, Raptors get revenge against Wolves

A blown lead at Target Center two weeks ago motivated the Raptors on Wednesday night back on their home court vs. the Wolves.
This time, Wolves' Mitchell builds with trio of young talent

This time, Wolves' Mitchell builds with trio of young talent

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.
Timberwolves notes: Rubio gobbles up trade gossip, to a point

Timberwolves notes: Rubio gobbles up trade gossip, to a point

Rubio's name was often brought up in pre-deadline rumors.
Wolves make shots, but fumble lead in Memphis

Wolves make shots, but fumble lead in Memphis

The Timberwolves made 11 three-pointers and all 31 of their free-throws but turned the ball over 20 times.
Wolves roster stays status quo after trade deadline

Wolves roster stays status quo after trade deadline

Despite trade rumors about Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, no deadline deals emerged.
Wolves go back to work after extended break

Wolves go back to work after extended break

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.
Centers make a comeback in the NBA

Centers make a comeback in the NBA

Long, tall players are expanding their games and finding there's still a place for them in today's NBA
Wolves trio of Rising Stars hope someday to rise to very top

Wolves trio of Rising Stars hope someday to rise to very top

All-Star weekend isn't just about fun, it's also about learning from the best players in the game.
Down by 18, Wolves storm back to beat Toronto

Down by 18, Wolves storm back to beat Toronto

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.
Wolves notes: Prince given time off for good behavior in Detroit

Wolves notes: Prince given time off for good behavior in Detroit

Tayshaun Prince received permission from the Wolves to attend former teammate Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement ceremony in Detroit.
As Wolves hit All-Star break 'all we got is our young guys'

As Wolves hit All-Star break 'all we got is our young guys'

With few alternatives, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has tested the team's young players to find their limits.
Wolves two-game winning streak ends with a clunk

Wolves two-game winning streak ends with a clunk

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
Wolves' circumstances lead to more pairing of Towns and Dieng

Wolves' circumstances lead to more pairing of Towns and Dieng

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.
Wolves notes: Towns liking his 'guard skills' in preparation for All-Star weekend

Wolves notes: Towns liking his 'guard skills' in preparation for All-Star weekend

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.
Rare road victory is welcome for Wolves

Rare road victory is welcome for Wolves

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.
Wolves hang on to end long run of losses vs. Clippers

Wolves hang on to end long run of losses vs. Clippers

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.
Wolves show up too late against Lakers

Wolves show up too late against Lakers

The Wolves played 14 inspired final minutes Tuesday that still weren't enough to beat Kobe Bryant's 38-point night.
Showtime for Kobe: 38-point night sends Wolves to defeat

Showtime for Kobe: 38-point night sends Wolves to defeat

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.
Frustrated Pekovic has more painful setbacks

Frustrated Pekovic has more painful setbacks

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.
'Little things that add up' give Portland another win over Wolves

'Little things that add up' give Portland another win over Wolves

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.
Wolves notes: Wiggins set to move past off night

Wolves notes: Wiggins set to move past off night

"You just throw that kind of game out the window," he said of Friday's five-point effort at Utah.
Gorgui Dieng elevates his play for the Wolves

Gorgui Dieng elevates his play for the Wolves

The third-year pro starred Friday as he develops under Sam Mitchell.
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