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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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'Extra mad' Towns hits weights after monster night doesn't lead to victory

'Extra mad' Towns hits weights after monster night doesn't lead to victory

Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 22 rebounds but was frustrated after the turnover-prone Wolves gave up 142 points to the Houston Rockets.
Trade rumors didn't seem to hurt Rubio's game at all

Trade rumors didn't seem to hurt Rubio's game at all

Ricky Rubio moved beyond Thursday's eventful trade deadline from which nothing occurred with a huge game Friday. He followed that up with a 14-point, 11-assist effort Saturday.
'We have feelings.' Trade rumors felt different to Rubio this time

'We have feelings.' Trade rumors felt different to Rubio this time

Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio is used to trade rumors, but these seemed more intense. "I mean, we're professionals, but we're human beings, too," Rubio said.
Thibodeau 'happy with the team we have'; trade deadline passes

Thibodeau 'happy with the team we have'; trade deadline passes

The NBA trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. without any trade announcement from the Timberwolves.
ESPN report says Wolves have asked Knicks about Derrick Rose

ESPN report says Wolves have asked Knicks about Derrick Rose

Rose played for Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago for five seasons, and his contract with this season's $21.3 million salary expires this summer.
Wolves' Wiggins pushes hard to achieve All-Star status

Wolves' Wiggins pushes hard to achieve All-Star status

Andrew Wiggins isn't an All-Star this season, but he has scored at least 20 points in 15 consecutive games. "The individual [award] stuff comes when your team does well," coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Another 40-point game for Wiggins, this time in a Wolves win

Another 40-point game for Wiggins, this time in a Wolves win

Andrew Wiggins backed up Tuesday's 41-point night against Cleveland with a 40-point game on 15-for-26 shooting at Pepsi Center.
After injury, Lance Stephenson's fate with Wolves uncertain

After injury, Lance Stephenson's fate with Wolves uncertain

Nursing a grade 2 ankle sprain, Lance Stephenson did not accompany the Wolves to Denver for Wednesday's game, which was the final one on the 10-day contract he signed last week.
Wiggins scores 41, but Wolves still can't beat Cleveland

Wiggins scores 41, but Wolves still can't beat Cleveland

Andrew Wiggins has averaged 29.8 points in five games against the Cavaliers during his career. But the Wolves have lost all of them.

With Love out, James says 'I'll rest when I retire'

While expressing empathy for injured teammate Kevin Love (out six weeks), LeBron James made it clear his back is broad and his legs still sturdy.
LeBron might get another earful from Wolves' Stephenson

LeBron might get another earful from Wolves' Stephenson

The Wolves' Lance Stephenson once faced the game's greatest active player, LeBron James, in three consecutive 2014 playoff games when Stephenson played for Indiana.
Zach LaVine's ACL surgery set for Tuesday in Los Angeles

Zach LaVine's ACL surgery set for Tuesday in Los Angeles

LaVine will have his torn anterior cruciate ligament repaired at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in collaboration with Wolves team orthopedic surgeon Diane Dahm
28-point blowout gives Wolves, Thibodeau season sweep over Bulls

28-point blowout gives Wolves, Thibodeau season sweep over Bulls

Minnesota doubled-up the Bulls 34-17 in the first quarter and rolled from there over Chicago but coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the significance.
Pelicans, Anthony Davis demolish Wolves again

Pelicans, Anthony Davis demolish Wolves again

Behind Anthony Davis' 42 points, New Orleans was the latest to erase a big deficit.
Pelicans coach full of praise for Lance Stephenson

Pelicans coach full of praise for Lance Stephenson

Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson's present met his recent past when his new team played host to New Orleans.
Stephenson, reserves help Timberwolves close out Raptors

Stephenson, reserves help Timberwolves close out Raptors

Lance Stephenson provided the "edge," Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Tyus Jones nailed a three-pointer with 19.5 seconds left to spark the Wolves.
New Wolves guard Lance Stephenson think's he's good fit

New Wolves guard Lance Stephenson think's he's good fit

New Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson joined the team Wednesday and declared himself older, wiser and still only 26.
Stephenson signs with Wolves to fill need at wing

Stephenson signs with Wolves to fill need at wing

Lance Stephenson seeks a place to play and the Timberwolves need a wing player who can absorb missing minutes now that Zach LaVine's season is over.
Thibodeau lets loose on Wolves after fourth straight loss

Thibodeau lets loose on Wolves after fourth straight loss

Agitated Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for improvement after his team gave up 71 points to Miami and a late rally fell short. "Our best players have to lead," he said.
Rush working to fill Wolves' void left by LaVine

Rush working to fill Wolves' void left by LaVine

He replaces LaVine as starter in a reconfigured rotation where coach Tom Thib­odeau likely will play two point guards together and need Shabazz Muhammad to pick up LaVine's missing scoring with the team's second unit.
Wolves notes: Towns, LaVine won't defend All-Star weekend titles

Wolves notes: Towns, LaVine won't defend All-Star weekend titles

They have turned their eyes toward the upcoming All-Star weekend break and beyond, focused not on dunk and skills contests but staying fresh.
Morris, Leuer combine for 60 points for Detroit vs. Wolves

Morris, Leuer combine for 60 points for Detroit vs. Wolves

Marcus Morris made five three-pointers and scored 36 points and Orono's Jon Leuer chipped in 24 to lead the Pistons to victory Friday night.
Thibodeau, Wolves recall history at The Palace

Thibodeau, Wolves recall history at The Palace

The Wolves on Friday make their last visit to the home of the "Bad Boys" and a brawl.
Wiggins puts Cleveland connection behind him

Wiggins puts Cleveland connection behind him

"Minnesota put the ball in my hands as soon as I got there," Andrew Wiggins said, "and let me grow." Wiggins was drafted first overall by Cleveland in 2014 but later traded him.
Wolves blown out by Cleveland in worst loss of the season

Wolves blown out by Cleveland in worst loss of the season

The shorthanded Cavaliers still played with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James, who helped Cleveland throttle the Wolves by 28 points.
Crunch topples KAT's dad in stunt gone wrong; Pacers topple Wolves

Crunch topples KAT's dad in stunt gone wrong; Pacers topple Wolves

Playing from behind all night, the Timberwolves could not answer Paul George's 32 points. Adding to the tough night: Wolves mascot Crunch ran into Karl-Anthony Towns Sr. during a stunt gone wrong.
Timberwolves' Zach LaVine bows out of slam-dunk contest

Timberwolves' Zach LaVine bows out of slam-dunk contest

Champion of the past two NBA All-Star slam-dunk contests, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine won't defend his title and try for a third next month…
NBA All-Star status no worry for Towns

NBA All-Star status no worry for Towns

Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said they won't spend much time or energy contemplating Towns' chances for the All-Star Game. Reserves are announced Thursday.
'That's my shot': Wiggins beats the buzzer for Wolves win in Phoenix

'That's my shot': Wiggins beats the buzzer for Wolves win in Phoenix

Andrew Wiggins missed one of two free throws with 12.1 seconds left but his desperation shot as the clock ticked out found the net.
Rubio returns 'as good' as he can be after grandmother's death

Rubio returns 'as good' as he can be after grandmother's death

Wolves guard Ricky Rubio played against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Thursday night and was back in Minneapolis late Sunday night after a trip home to Barcelona for his grandmother's funeral.
'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.
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