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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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Readers looking for answers to Wolves' early woes

Readers 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.
Grizzlies' Gasol remains big challenge for Wolves' Towns

Grizzlies' Gasol remains big challenge for Wolves' Towns

At age 20, Karl-Anthony Towns considers himself something of a changed man who's better prepared to face the two-time All Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
NBA preview: Five story lines to follow this season

NBA preview: Five story lines to follow this season

The Golden State Warriors are the new guys in the black hats now that they've added free-agent signee Kevin Durant to a team that won a record 73 regular-season games last season.
Keeping John Lucas III might mean Wolves could trade Tyus Jones

Keeping John Lucas III might mean Wolves could trade Tyus Jones

Few NBA teams carry four point guards, and it's a number that probably makes it about even odds the Wolves trade homegrown Tyus Jones to Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans or another team seeking a backup point guard for another big forward or wing defender by Monday's deadline to set final rosters.
One year after his death, Flip Saunders still on Wolves' minds

One year after his death, Flip Saunders still on Wolves' minds

The Wolves haven't forgotten the prime architect of the team.
Wolves' big men guard rim well in trouncing Hornets

Wolves' big men guard rim well in trouncing Hornets

Thibodeau's D is based on defending the rim, building a wall behind the guards.
Chemistry developing between Wolves' Rubio, Towns

Chemistry developing between Wolves' Rubio, Towns

One Timberwolves preseason game still remains, but already young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio seem to have midseason understanding even before their team finishes up with Friday's finale against visiting Charlotte.
Tiger Woods says he'd 'love' to be picked as U.S. captain in future

Tiger Woods says he'd 'love' to be picked as U.S. captain in future

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods participated in seven Ryder Cups as a player. He won it for only the second time on Sunday as one…
Bringing it home: U.S. captures first Ryder Cup since 2008

Bringing it home: U.S. captures first Ryder Cup since 2008

No choking allowed. This time, Team USA's dominant final-day push left no doubt in front of a huge, wildly cheering crowd at Hazeltine National in Chaska.
Patrick Reed leads the way as U.S. rallies to extend Ryder Cup lead

Patrick Reed leads the way as U.S. rallies to extend Ryder Cup lead

Team USA leads Europe 9.5 to 6.5 heading into Sunday's deciding singles play. Tee time at Hazeltine is 11 a.m.
U.S. refuses to think about 2012 collapse

U.S. refuses to think about 2012 collapse

This time, they take a three-point lead into Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club with five players and the same captain, Davis Love III, remaining from that team.
Ryder Cup: After U.S. sweeps to 4-0 lead, Europe rallies to within 5-3

Ryder Cup: After U.S. sweeps to 4-0 lead, Europe rallies to within 5-3

European star Rory McIlroy ended the day by making a clinching eagle putt on Hazeltine's No. 16.
Phil Mickelson admitted he felt pressure

Phil Mickelson admitted he felt pressure

Mickelson called it a match in which he felt as much pressure as in any of the first 10 Ryder Cups he played.
Let 'er rip: It's tee time at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

Let 'er rip: It's tee time at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

The long lead-up is over; it's time to play some high-intensity golf at Hazeltine National. Play will begin with four morning matches that start with two young Americans facing Europe's Olympic gold and silver medalists.
Rivalry helps Spieth-Reed U.S. team succeed at Ryder Cup

Rivalry helps Spieth-Reed U.S. team succeed at Ryder Cup

Young Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will again play together for each other, team and country at this Ryder Cup, starting with…
Ryder Cup question: How much difference do captains make?

Ryder Cup question: How much difference do captains make?

Every move of the Americans' Davis Love III and the Europeans' Darren Clarke will be scrutinized this weekend.
Golf's big moments not lost on Spieth

Golf's big moments not lost on Spieth

Somebody asked two-time major champion and U.S. team member Jordan Spieth to "paint a picture" of what it felt and sounded and smelled like his first time in the Ryder Cup in Scotland two years ago. He actually HAS commissioned a painting of it.
The late Payne Stewart will forever be linked to Hazeltine

The late Payne Stewart will forever be linked to Hazeltine

U.S. Ryder Cup golfers walked over a stone bridge named in Payne Stewart's memory and onto Hazeltine's seventh fairway, some not old enough to have known the man who is linked to the course and this week's competition..

Putting holds the key for European star Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy brings a revived putter to an event that's new to half the team

Jordan Spieth finds it difficult to duplicate his 2015 season

Jordan Spieth, 'matured' after a season of slippage, is a key figure among the dozen
Hazeltine is a special place for Tony Jacklin

Hazeltine is a special place for Tony Jacklin

Jacklin and Hazeltine both have changed a bit since he won the 1970 U.S. Open by seven whopping strokes.
Davis Love III, as Ryder Cup captain, strives to bring out a team attitude in an individual sport

Davis Love III, as Ryder Cup captain, strives to bring out a team attitude in an individual sport

Teamwork isn't built in to golf, but it's foremost lately for Davis Love III.

Love: 'Maybe the best team ever'

The Best Golf Team Ever Assembled part of a radio interview went around the world on the Internet. On Tuesday, Love tried to put his comments in context.
Ryder Cup players say playing for country instead of money changes mind-sets

Ryder Cup players say playing for country instead of money changes mind-sets

Competing for team and country instead of money changes mind-sets and reveals foibles
Hazeltine undergoes transformation for Ryder Cup

Hazeltine undergoes transformation for Ryder Cup

Holes Nos. 5 through 9 and 14-18 have been flip-flopped for the event

Europe captain Darren Clarke retains a singular memory from Ryder Cup playing days

European captain Darren Clarke has played in five Ryder Cups, assisted as vice captain two other times and lost only once in those many years.…
Can team building make the U.S. Ryder Cup squad a winner?

Can team building make the U.S. Ryder Cup squad a winner?

In the many months since their side lost again to Europe, prospective U.S. Ryder Cup members have been a part of an assortment of team building activities.
Ryder Cup players plan to play through in Palmer's memory

Ryder Cup players plan to play through in Palmer's memory

A moment of silence for the man they called "The King" will be held at Thursday afternoon's opening ceremonies. Players from the U.S. and European team will wear pins — fans will get buttons — presenting a logo created by the PGA Tour and the Palmer family that will mention "Arnie's Army," his legion of fans.
Ryan Moore rounds out U.S. Ryder Cup team

Ryan Moore rounds out U.S. Ryder Cup team

Ryan Moore, who finished second Sunday in a playoff at the Tour Championship, joins Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as Davis Love III's four captain's selections.
Patrick Reed: U.S. heart and soul

Patrick Reed: U.S. heart and soul

A gesture at the 2014 Ryder Cup lives on. So does his match-play fervor.
Love to name final Ryder Cup team member Sunday

Love to name final Ryder Cup team member Sunday

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will complete his team by naming his last captain's pick at halftime of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" game.
America's 20-somethings provide Ryder Cup hope

America's 20-somethings provide Ryder Cup hope

There's a new generation of Americans coming to Hazeltine National and the Ryder Cup this week, which probably is a good thing considering the U.S. has lost to Europe eight of the past 10 times.
Tiger Woods brings buzz, brains to U.S. Ryder Cup team

Tiger Woods brings buzz, brains to U.S. Ryder Cup team

The recovering American star will excite fans but also provide vital tactical input for Davis Love III.
It's in the hole! Bill Murray, Phelps to headline Ryder Cup celebs match next week

It's in the hole! Bill Murray, Phelps to headline Ryder Cup celebs match next week

Cinderella story? You'll have to head to Chaska next Tuesday to find out.
Colorful 'American Marshals' will be out in force at Ryder Cup thanks to Flip

Colorful 'American Marshals' will be out in force at Ryder Cup thanks to Flip

Suggested eight years ago by the late Flip Saunders: 13 grown men will roam Hazeltine next week sporting Helga horns and braids, singing their hearts out in support of the U.S. Ryder Cup squad.
Lehman even in charge of Ryder Cup weather

Lehman even in charge of Ryder Cup weather

The Minnesotan lends his local knowledge in the role of vice captain.
Fowler, Holmes and Kuchar named to U.S. Ryder Cup team

Fowler, Holmes and Kuchar named to U.S. Ryder Cup team

Love calls notifications "three fun phone calls."
St. Paul silversmith has fixed Claret Jug not once but twice

St. Paul silversmith has fixed Claret Jug not once but twice

Vern Vanderpoel usually repairs tea sets, candlesticks, flatware and antique lamps, but he's fixed the British Open trophy twice.
Thomas longs to join Ryder Cup party - for real

Thomas longs to join Ryder Cup party - for real

As a 15-year-old fan, Justin Thomas was part of a Ryder Cup celebration in 2008. At 23, he's striving to play in the biannual event.
Ryder Cup is less than a month away

Ryder Cup is less than a month away

Fourteen years after the PGA of America awarded it to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, the Ryder Cup with all its particular noise-making, flag-waving patriotism finally is just 25 days away.
Filling out the U.S. Ryder Cup roster will be a lesson in teamwork

Filling out the U.S. Ryder Cup roster will be a lesson in teamwork

Captain Davis Love III said he will listen intently to the first eight players already selected before he announces in September.
Win at Barclays seals Ryder Cup spot for Reed as Fowler falters

Win at Barclays seals Ryder Cup spot for Reed as Fowler falters

From second place with three holes left to a three-way tie for seventh, Fowler watched a Ryder Cup qualifying spot slip right through his hands.
Ryder Cup hopefuls Fowler, Reed lead at The Barclays

Ryder Cup hopefuls Fowler, Reed lead at The Barclays

Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed can solidify their U.S. Ryder Cup status with a 1-2 finish Sunday in New York.
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