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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
Recent content from Jerry Zgoda
'Development' is key to Wolves buying Iowa D-League team

'Development' is key to Wolves buying Iowa D-League team

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau calls having a D-League team close enough to the NBA club important because "it's not looked upon as a demotion, it's looked upon more as development."
Tyus Jones once again plays key role late in Wolves victory

Tyus Jones once again plays key role late in Wolves victory

The former Apple Valley star played the entire fourth quarter Thursday, sparking a comeback.
'On another level.' Towns scores 37 as Wolves rally past Clippers

'On another level.' Towns scores 37 as Wolves rally past Clippers

The Wolves scored 11 of the final 15 points and won a game decided by three points or less for the first time this season. Karl-Anthony Towns also had 12 rebounds.
Rubio ignoring trade rumors, misses second half with hip tightness

Rubio ignoring trade rumors, misses second half with hip tightness

"Just do what I do," he said. "My name or every name is going to be out there at some point, but you can only worry about things you can control. Right now, what I can control is playing my best and do what I've been doing."
Wolves receive passing grade in victory over Oklahoma City

Wolves receive passing grade in victory over Oklahoma City

The Wolves followed Ricky Rubio's lead - to the tune of 14 assists - to take down the Thunder for a third win in a row.
NBA 'bigs' are rare triple-double machines

NBA 'bigs' are rare triple-double machines

"You're seeing players who are extremely versatile and can impact the game in a lot of different ways," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
Despite frustration, Tyus Jones ready when called for Wolves

Despite frustration, Tyus Jones ready when called for Wolves

Backup point guard Tyus Jones has yet to play his way into coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation. For now, his goals include "helping out the team as much as possible" without getting regular playing time.
'You can learn how to win,' Mavs' Nowitzki say of Wolves

'You can learn how to win,' Mavs' Nowitzki say of Wolves

"You need some experience," Nowitzki said. "Sometimes you need to be a little fortunate, a couple bounces here and there. But experience usually plays a role in it."
Wolves leave Mavericks in last in the West

Wolves leave Mavericks in last in the West

Even after Zach LaVine hurt his hip and missed much of the fourth quarter, Minnesota managed to hold off Dallas and end a four-game losing streak.
Wiggins provides offense but Wolves' defense sputters in Washington

Wiggins provides offense but Wolves' defense sputters in Washington

Andrew Wiggins' 41 points were six points away from his career high, but they didn't keep the Wizards from pushing away in the game's final minutes.
Wolves notice speedy Wall is a blur with the ball

Wolves notice speedy Wall is a blur with the ball

"The fastest I've ever seen with a basketball in his hands is John Wall," Karl-Anthony Towns said before Friday's game at Washington.
Obama to visiting Wolves: 'Play better defense'

Obama to visiting Wolves: 'Play better defense'

In town to play the Wizards, the Timberwolves received a 90-minute tour of the White House and a meeting with President Obama. 'He's a cool dude,' Zach LaVine said.
Towns takes a step up on defense for Wolves in Philadelphia

Towns takes a step up on defense for Wolves in Philadelphia

Until Tuesday's near comeback from a 26-point deficit, Karl-Anthony Towns seldom defended the opposing team's best big man for meaningful minutes.
After two years of injuries, Sixers' Embiid is rookie of year candidate

After two years of injuries, Sixers' Embiid is rookie of year candidate

Embiid entered Tuesday's game averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shot while playing fewer than 25 minutes a game. He scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks Tuesday.
Last-second basket lifts 76ers over Wolves despite rally

Last-second basket lifts 76ers over Wolves despite rally

Minnesota rallied from 26 points down to tie the score on a Ricky Rubio three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left, only to lose.
Wolves reserves Hill, Rush getting few opportunities

Wolves reserves Hill, Rush getting few opportunities

Offseason pickups Jordan Hill, Brandon Rush seeing opportunities sparse in Wolves' mix.
McCollum leads Portland to 95-89 victory over Wolves

McCollum leads Portland to 95-89 victory over Wolves

CJ McCollum scored 43 points, 31 of them through the first three quarters for a Blazers team that won for just the third time in its last 14 games.
Motiejunas picks Pelicans over Wolves

Motiejunas picks Pelicans over Wolves

The Timberwolves brought unrestricted free-agent Donatas Motiejunas to town for a look but never got their chance to act before he reached a deal with New Orleans.
NBA Insider: Players, coaches come to referees' defense

NBA Insider: Players, coaches come to referees' defense

They question the worth of the league's review of the last two minutes.
Towns' first career triple-double started with the 'right play'

Towns' first career triple-double started with the 'right play'

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been impressed by the growth of Karl-Anthony Towns' vision and unselfishness that led to his first career triple-double Wednesday night.
Wolves opted for Dunn over Denver's Murray at No. 5 pick

Wolves opted for Dunn over Denver's Murray at No. 5 pick

The Wolves had three justifiable choices for the fifth pick in the NBA's June draft. Two of them met Wednesday night in Denver.
Wolves waste Towns first triple-double in loss to Denver

Wolves waste Towns first triple-double in loss to Denver

Despite 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists from Karl-Anthony Towns the Timberwolves didn't have enough at the end to catch the Nuggets.
For seventh year in a row, Cole Aldrich works on Christmas

For seventh year in a row, Cole Aldrich works on Christmas

The Wolves center has played on Dec. 25 each season of his NBA career.
Westbrook, Oklahoma City deal Wolves a lump of coal

Westbrook, Oklahoma City deal Wolves a lump of coal

The Thunder's one-man wrecking crew didn't have a triple-double, but he spoiled the Wolves' Christmas debut nonetheless.
Hoops on Christmas: Wolves finally get their present

Hoops on Christmas: Wolves finally get their present

The Wolves are among the 10 chosen teams for Christmas Day primarily because of what young stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine someday will be, not what they are just now.
Wolves learning how to win late in beating Hawks

Wolves learning how to win late in beating Hawks

Coach Tom Thibodeau was all smiles after his team's back-to-back victories.
Wolves' Rubio tries a hands-off approach

Wolves' Rubio tries a hands-off approach

Ricky Rubio is growing more comfortable in a Wolves system where he often is in a corner without the ball so Andrew Wiggins can use his size and scoring ability to create mismatches.
Schedule is Christmas gift for Minnesotan Muscala

Schedule is Christmas gift for Minnesotan Muscala

This will be Hawks center Mike Muscala's first Christmas back home in Roseville since he played at Bucknell four seasons ago.
Thibodeau sees silver lining amid Wolves' tough losses

Thibodeau sees silver lining amid Wolves' tough losses

"It's all about improvement," the Wolves coach said before Monday's game against Phoenix. "Each and every day, do the right things."
Wolves find ways to win down stretch vs. Suns

Wolves find ways to win down stretch vs. Suns

Minnesota's trio of talented 21-year-old stars — Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine — combined to score 77 points.
Zach LaVine showcases his two-way game for Timberwolves

Zach LaVine showcases his two-way game for Timberwolves

The offensive-minded guard played a strong two-way game vs. Chicago.
Wolves coach Thibodeau revives mixed memories

Wolves coach Thibodeau revives mixed memories

Only four Bulls players — most notably veterans Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson — remain from when Thibodeau last coached the team only 19 months ago.
Flipping the script: Wolves erase 21-point deficit to beat Chicago

Flipping the script: Wolves erase 21-point deficit to beat Chicago

The Wolves gave coach Tom Thibodeau a big victory over his former team after trailing by 20 midway through the first quarter and 21 early in the second.
Wolves' Thibodeau brings bark back to Windy City

Wolves' Thibodeau brings bark back to Windy City

He returns Tuesday to United Center to face his former team for the first time since the Bulls fired him in May 2015, still as organized and perhaps as loud and hoarse as ever.
Down 10, Warriors storm back in fourth quarter to defeat Wolves

Down 10, Warriors storm back in fourth quarter to defeat Wolves

Golden State flexed its muscle in final quarter Sunday, outscoring the Wolves 38-20 to win the game and again avoid back-to-back losses - something that hasn't happened since April 2015.
For Warriors, it's mission accomplished mixing in Durant

For Warriors, it's mission accomplished mixing in Durant

The Golden State Warriors have determined just how to fit superstar Kevin Durant alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Wolves get 'disconnected' and 'undisciplined' in another loss, Towns says

Wolves get 'disconnected' and 'undisciplined' in another loss, Towns says

Until the fourth quarter in Toronto, the Wolves built separate leads of nine, 10 and 12 points in the first half and held the lead at the end of their usually troublesome third quarter.
When Thibodeau talks, DeRozan listens

When Thibodeau talks, DeRozan listens

An assistant to Team USA's Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Thibodeau coached Toronto's DeMar DeRozan
'The original.' Harlan recalls his days as the voice of the Timberwolves

'The original.' Harlan recalls his days as the voice of the Timberwolves

Now a fixture on national broadcasts, Kevin Harlan once upon a time made early Wolves games must-listen radio.
Spurs teach Wolves some lessons, remain perfect on the road

Spurs teach Wolves some lessons, remain perfect on the road

In their recovery from two early 10-point deficits, the Spurs again proved themselves to be everything Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to be.
Wolves GM, coach catch up on their ties to Spurs

Wolves GM, coach catch up on their ties to Spurs

Until Wolves GM Scott Layden and longtime friend Tom Thibodeau were hired last spring, Layden worked the past four years in San Antonio's successful front office.
Wolves say they shouldn't be defined by their 6-14 start

Wolves say they shouldn't be defined by their 6-14 start

One-quarter of the way into their season, the Timberwolves don't believe their record defines their ability. "Winning is hard in this league,' said coach Tom Thibodeau.
Looking for answers to Wolves' early woes

Looking for answers to Wolves' early woes

One apparent need: The young players might benefit from a veteran contributor to the roster.
Wolves trying to avoid last year's long losing streaks

Wolves trying to avoid last year's long losing streaks

Last season, the Wolves lost four consecutive games six times — including a nine-game streak that consumed half of January — before they reversed course in February after a 14-36 season start.
Wolves can't keep up with Curry and Durant's 'All-Star' Warriors

Wolves can't keep up with Curry and Durant's 'All-Star' Warriors

Unlike last April. when the Timberwolves surprised the Warriors with an overtime win, Golden State took control and didn't let it waver.
Tyus Jones keys Wolves to comeback victory in Phoenix

Tyus Jones keys Wolves to comeback victory in Phoenix

Tyus Jones played the game's final 18 minutes and helped direct the Timberwolves to a fourth-quarter comeback and their second road victory this season.
'I don't feel like myself.' Ricky Rubio trying to find his spark

'I don't feel like myself.' Ricky Rubio trying to find his spark

Wolves guard Ricky Rubio took two shots, didn't make either and didn't score a point in Wednesday's lopsided loss at New Orleans.
Anthony Davis, Pelicans plaster Wolves

Anthony Davis, Pelicans plaster Wolves

The New Orleans superstar scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Wolves' Wiggins cools off as defense heats up

Wolves' Wiggins cools off as defense heats up

Once shooting about 63 percent from three-point range after the season's first seven games, he went 7-for-29 — that's 24.1 percent — and 0-for-8 on three-pointers in losses Saturday at Memphis and Monday at home against Boston.
Wolves forward Payne takes a bigger role

Wolves forward Payne takes a bigger role

Adreian Payne has gone from unused to a place in Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation these past four games.
Timberwolves yearn to win a close game

Timberwolves yearn to win a close game

The Wolves haven't won a game yet this season by fewer than 16 points.
Wolves go cold in second half, lose 93-71 in Memphis

Wolves go cold in second half, lose 93-71 in Memphis

Minnesota's third-quarter woes continued with a 14-0 run by Memphis.
Timberwolves take another third-quarter pounding, fall to Hornets

Timberwolves take another third-quarter pounding, fall to Hornets

The Wolves' loss to Charlotte at Target Center left coach Tom Thibodeau hoarse, terse and questioning his team's choices while making the same mistakes time and again.
Even at 6-10, Bjelica could have future as small forward for Wolves

Even at 6-10, Bjelica could have future as small forward for Wolves

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau likes the look Bjelica's presence gives his team alongside starters Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng because of Bjelica's wingspan and his shooting range.
Old at 21: Towns joins teammates Wiggins, LaVine in coming of age

Old at 21: Towns joins teammates Wiggins, LaVine in coming of age

It's Karl-Anthony Towns' birthday on Tuesday: "I've been fortunate to have 21 years on this Earth, but I feel like I've lived about 60 years."
Wiggins rises to the challenge with career-high 47 points vs. Lakers

Wiggins rises to the challenge with career-high 47 points vs. Lakers

With multiple players out, Andrew Wiggins continued the evolution of his play Sunday at Target Center. He became the 13th Timberwolves player to score at least 40 points in a game.
Wolves, Lakers envision a future together at the top

Wolves, Lakers envision a future together at the top

Exodus of stars from both teams and all over the league has two young squads optimistic.
NBA-best Clippers prove to be too tough for Wolves

NBA-best Clippers prove to be too tough for Wolves

The Clippers improved to 9-1 with their sixth consecutive victory, leading the Wolves by as many by 19 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Target Center.
Wolves' Rubio lacking feel in his return to floor

Wolves' Rubio lacking feel in his return to floor

Playing for the first time since the season's second game, Ricky Rubio had seven points, six assists six rebounds in 24 minutes, shooting 2-for-5 from the floor in a 119-105 loss.
Wiggins goes to his long-range plan, reaps rewards for Wolves

Wiggins goes to his long-range plan, reaps rewards for Wolves

Andrew Wiggins is 11th in the NBA in scoring at 24.0 points per game, partly because of his improved three-point range, partly because of his continued ability to get draw fouls
LaVine scores 37 as Wolves don't blow lead this time

LaVine scores 37 as Wolves don't blow lead this time

The Wolves won for just the second time in seven games this young season, demonstrating this time that life in the NBA is easier when you build a big lead and keep it.
Jones' numbers for Wolves at Brooklyn stand out for his age

Jones' numbers for Wolves at Brooklyn stand out for his age

Point guard Tyus Jones' 12-point, seven-assist, five-steal, five-rebound game Tuesday at Brooklyn put him in some elite company among the youngest Timberwolves ever.
Despite Wiggins' 36 points, Wolves fall to Nets

Despite Wiggins' 36 points, Wolves fall to Nets

Wiggins' shooting and scoring took the Wolves to the brink of their second victory this season, but free-throw shooting again hurt him and missed opportunities in the closing minutes stopped him and his team.
Wolves' Thibodeau is a student of the game, leadership

Wolves' Thibodeau is a student of the game, leadership

He has coached under Bill Musselman, Jeff Van Gundy, Doc Rivers and Mike Krzyzewski and spent a season's sabbatical going from franchise to franchise studying many things, among them leadership.
Wolves using team activities to build unity

Wolves using team activities to build unity

Going to see "Hamilton" is among the New York diversions coach Tom Thibodeau is using to unify the 1-4 Wolves.
Wolves' Dunn ahead of the curve on defensive side

Wolves' Dunn ahead of the curve on defensive side

Just five regular-season games into his career, Kris Dunn has established himself as an NBA-ready defender even as he and his teammates adapt while Dunn learns to run a pro offense.
Thibodeau's new focus on three-pointers is paying off for Wolves

Thibodeau's new focus on three-pointers is paying off for Wolves

Coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to shoot more threes than Wolves teams have in recent years. "If they're the right ones," he added.
Wolves get – and keep – big lead over Memphis in home-opening rout

Wolves get – and keep – big lead over Memphis in home-opening rout

Up by as many as 40 in the third quarter, the Wolves cruised to a 116-80 victory over Memphis on Tuesday to open the home portion of their schedule in style.
Extension for Wolves' Dieng will help him make a difference

Extension for Wolves' Dieng will help him make a difference

There's a reason Gorgui Dieng signed before Monday's 11 p.m. deadline rather than wait until July, when he would have become a restricted free agent.
Wolves lack toughness all around, peeved Thibodeau says

Wolves lack toughness all around, peeved Thibodeau says

Three nights after they lost an early 17-point lead at Memphis, the Timberwolves kicked away an 18-point, second-quarter lead in Sacramento.
Wolves blow another big lead and it's 'a big problem'

Wolves blow another big lead and it's 'a big problem'

Three nights after giving up a 17-point lead in Memphis the Timberwolves lost an 18-point cushion Saturday in Sacramento that had coach Tom Thibodeau fuming after a loss to the Kings.
Kings coach Joerger loves his new challenge in Sacramento

Kings coach Joerger loves his new challenge in Sacramento

Minnesotan Dave Joerger was part of both history Sacramento's new future Thursday, when the Kings played their first regular-season game in the $557 million Golden 1 Center
Thibodeau favors a reserved approach over ranting to his players

Thibodeau favors a reserved approach over ranting to his players

Wolves' Tom Thibodeau is studied and calm as he motivates a young team.
Wolves rookie Dunn quickly finds his comfort level

Wolves rookie Dunn quickly finds his comfort level

Wolves rookie guard Kris Dunn did not appear to be nervous playing in his first real NBA game. "I'm just trying to play within the system, trying to stay in my lane, trying to be as effective as I can," he said.
Dynamic early, Wolves finish with a dud in Memphis

Dynamic early, Wolves finish with a dud in Memphis

Ahead 20-3 to open the season in Memphis, the Wolves fluttered away the lead and the game losing 102-98 to the Grizzlies, who were missing two of their regular starters.
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