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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 whole 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' way now clear to sign EuroLeague MVP

Wolves' way now clear to sign EuroLeague MVP

Bjelica exercised his reported $1.3 million “out” clause — partly paid by the Wolves — just hours after his contract expired with the Fenerbahce Ulker team in Istanbul.
Wolves go to Towns, bring home Tyus Jones

Wolves go to Towns, bring home Tyus Jones

Karl-Anthony Towns used the word “awesome” when he discussed the prospect of playing with Tyus Jones and “amazing” when asked about playing with Ricky Rubio.
Likely No. 1 pick Towns eager for his NBA future

Likely No. 1 pick Towns eager for his NBA future

Barring a seismic shift before Thursday night’s NBA draft, the Wolves are expected to select Towns with the first overall No. 1 pick in franchise history.
Rashad Vaughn: From Cooper to Vegas to the NBA

Rashad Vaughn: From Cooper to Vegas to the NBA

Former Cooper star Rashad Vaughn rolled the dice, honing his game away from home.
Talk of Karl-Anthony Towns: He'll go to the Wolves

Talk of Karl-Anthony Towns: He'll go to the Wolves

The Kentucky big man's well-rounded game is likely to get him selected first overall in the NBA draft on Thursday.
NBA execs might want to think small on draft night

NBA execs might want to think small on draft night

Pure size has not defined the NBA in recent years the way gifted point guards and wings have. It could figure in a team passing on one of the coveted but unpolished top-three bigs Thursday night.
Plenty done, more left to prep for '16 Ryder Cup

Plenty done, more left to prep for '16 Ryder Cup

Registration for a draw to buy tickets begins June 22 and continues through September’s end, the one-year mark to the 2016 Ryder Cup.
DeLaSalle's Thorson coached Okafor, Towns. What does he think?

DeLaSalle's Thorson coached Okafor, Towns. What does he think?

Both players are game-changers in different ways, according to the DeLaSalle coach, whose team has won four straight state titles and coached both of them at an All-Star Game last year.
No. 1: Wolves finally have some luck in the lottery

No. 1: Wolves finally have some luck in the lottery

The two men deepest inside a whirlwind of emotion and celebration could barely speak when their team won the league’s top draft pick for the first time after 16 unsuccessful tries.
What if? Five options for the Wolves' lottery pick

What if? Five options for the Wolves' lottery pick

Whatever happens Tuesday in the NBA’s draft lottery, the Timberwolves can draft no lower than fourth come June.
Wolves to meet with Tyus Jones on Friday

Wolves to meet with Tyus Jones on Friday

At the NBA combine, Apple Valley's Tyus Jones said he decided to turn pro after one year at Duke because it “was the best time for me.”
NBA combine gives Wolves peek beyond lottery

NBA combine gives Wolves peek beyond lottery

This week, Flip Saunders and his scouting staff is in Chicago for the annual draft combine getting a look at players.
Feb. 6: Wiggins playing up to his potential

Feb. 6: Wiggins playing up to his potential

The budding star has tackled everything thrown his way in his first NBA season.
Saunders looking ahead to shooters, draft picks for Wolves

Saunders looking ahead to shooters, draft picks for Wolves

The Timberwolves’ Flip Saunders wants his young team to improve its defense, its ball-handling, its individual players’ strength.
Warriors hope to make an even bigger splash in the postseason

Warriors hope to make an even bigger splash in the postseason

Some question whether Golden State, the league’s best team, can win in the NBA postseason.
Wolves give up 138 points in loss, finish with NBA's worst record

Wolves give up 138 points in loss, finish with NBA's worst record

The Wolves own a 25 percent chance to win the June draft’s No. 1 pick and, no matter what happens in the draft lottery, won't pick lower than fourth.
Wiggins, LaVine applaud Tyus Jones' choice to turn pro

Wiggins, LaVine applaud Tyus Jones' choice to turn pro

Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine have been where Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones is going, from one season of big-time college basketball all the way to the NBA.
Wolves won where they could during a losing season

Wolves won where they could during a losing season

The way Timberwolves coach and chief decisionmaker Flip Saunders sees it, there exists two divergent roads to lasting NBA success and his team definitely followed one of them in this long, lousy season.
Wolves see the future on trip west

Wolves see the future on trip west

Near the end of a long, lousy season they probably can’t too soon forget, the Timberwolves witnessed their future clear as can be Saturday night at Golden State.
Rubio to have ankle surgery; Wolves lose at Golden State

Rubio to have ankle surgery; Wolves lose at Golden State

Hours after the Wolves announced Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left ankle, Zach LaVine scored a new rookie record 37 points in a losing effort.
Now an assistant in L.A. Madsen still 'feels some pain' about 3-pointers

Now an assistant in L.A. Madsen still 'feels some pain' about 3-pointers

The former Wolves player, now a Lakers assistant, recalled his role in an ill-fated shooting spree.
Wolves rookies push through exhaustion to end season

Wolves rookies push through exhaustion to end season

Timberwolves rookies are four games away from the end of an introductory season more demanding than whatever they might have imagined.
'Men against boys' as Wolves lose big in Portland

'Men against boys' as Wolves lose big in Portland

The Timberolves still have the NBA’s second-worst record with four games remaining after Wednesday’s 116-91 loss in Portland.
Wolves' Pekovic undergoes surgery

Wolves' Pekovic undergoes surgery

  PORTLAND – Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic underwent surgery in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday that left coach Flip Saunders hopeful his richly paid…
Karl, Sacramento win battle with old rival Saunders

Karl, Sacramento win battle with old rival Saunders

The two coaches spent years in the CBA before making it to the NBA.
Wolves' Pekovic faces surgery to repair Achilles tendon

Wolves' Pekovic faces surgery to repair Achilles tendon

Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic will undergo surgery next week to remove damaged tissue and repair his right Achilles tendon, the team said Thursday.
Familiar refrain: Wolves lose badly, Wiggins has another big game

Familiar refrain: Wolves lose badly, Wiggins has another big game

Challengers have emerged, but Andrew Wiggins remains a Rookie of the Year favorite. On Wednesday, Wiggins scored at least 20 points for the 26th time this season.
Wolves unable to tame Davis in loss to Pelicans

Wolves unable to tame Davis in loss to Pelicans

The Wolves lost their third straight game and for the 13th time in the past 16 games while keeping hold on the NBA’s second-worst record.
Wiggins great, Harden better as Houston tops Wolves

Wiggins great, Harden better as Houston tops Wolves

James Harden scored 16 of his 33 points in the third quarter, and 31 of those in the first three quarters as the Rockets won their 49th game of the season.
Lakers aren't their usual selves as they come to Target Center

Lakers aren't their usual selves as they come to Target Center

Wednesday’s game with the Timberwolves is pertinent only for its draft-lottery implications: The Lakers lead the Wolves in the win column by two, 18-16.
Angry Saunders after beating Jazz: 'We're not tanking games'

Angry Saunders after beating Jazz: 'We're not tanking games'

The Wolves had only seven healthy players for their overtime win over Utah and coach Flip Saunders was outraged afterward over suggestions his team is losing on purpose.
Wiggins aims at playing all 82 games

Wiggins aims at playing all 82 games

The Timberwolves lost yet another player to the injured list on Monday when they played at Utah without starting shooting guard Kevin Martin and his ailing hamstring.
Newest Wolf Kilpatrick was ready when he got the call

Newest Wolf Kilpatrick was ready when he got the call

Sean Kilpatrick had mere hours to pack, drive and join Wolves at the Garden.

Ankle injury figures to keep Pekovic out 'for immediate future'

Nikola Pekovic missed his fifth consecutive game Thursday because of that perpetually hurting ankle.
Overtime result is a win for the Wolves, in the standings

Overtime result is a win for the Wolves, in the standings

The shorthanded Wolves might have hurt their lottery odds by beating the Knicks in overtime Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Ankle injury makes Bennett a no-go in hometown return

TORONTO – Timberwolves forward Anthony Bennett predicts his return from a sprained ankle is near. It just wasn’t near enough Wednesday. He says he…
Wolves come up short in Wiggins' professional hometown debut

Wolves come up short in Wiggins' professional hometown debut

Despite the result, another loss, Andrew Wiggins cherished playing in Toronto for the first time in front of a welcoming crowd.
Depleted Wolves take a licking in San Antonio

Depleted Wolves take a licking in San Antonio

In an eerie rerun of a drubbing in last fall, the Spurs were merciless as the Timberwolves had only eight players available due to injuries.

No regrets for Wolves' Neal in leaving Spurs

SAN ANTONIO – Timberwolves guard Gary Neal left San Antonio two summers ago and missed out on the Spurs winning an NBA title that…
Justin Hamilton finding his way with the Wolves

Justin Hamilton finding his way with the Wolves

Strong play and a bond with Nikola Pekovic may help teammates remember Justin Hamilton's name.
Wolves can't ground Westbrook in loss to Oklahoma City

Wolves can't ground Westbrook in loss to Oklahoma City

Russell Westbrook turned in a 29-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound game before he sat the final two minutes against a Wolves team missing five players.

Wolves impressed by Thunder's playoff push

OKLAHOMA CITY – Once 3-12 while its two superstars sat out injured, the Oklahoma City Thunder has righted itself, moving from nine games below…
Westbrook does it all for the Thunder; Wolves up next

Westbrook does it all for the Thunder; Wolves up next

Since last month’s All-Star Game Russell Westbrook has averaged 33.3 points a game and delivered triple-double games in five of his past seven.
Wolves, minus KG and then Pekovic, fall to Suns

Wolves, minus KG and then Pekovic, fall to Suns

Nikola Pekovic played only eight minutes in a loss, but Flip Saunders got to see more of two new players.
Wolves notes: Saunders wants to see Payne's follow-up performance

Wolves notes: Saunders wants to see Payne's follow-up performance

PHOENIX – Timberwolves rookie Adreian Payne started Wednesday for a second consecutive game and veteran Kevin Garnett sat out once again, this time in…
Payne finds dunks might be the best scoring option

Payne finds dunks might be the best scoring option

The rookie summoned some aggression when the Wolves were struggling.
Rivers, Saunders face different challenges as team execs

Rivers, Saunders face different challenges as team execs

Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders are among the NBA’s very few who also make their teams' personnel decisions.
Payne takes big strides, but Wolves fall to Clippers

Payne takes big strides, but Wolves fall to Clippers

The rookie power forward posted a double-double in big minutes after starting in Kevin Garnett’s spot.
Garnett, Rubio were mutually impressed in first encounters

Garnett, Rubio were mutually impressed in first encounters

Los Angeles was where Kevin Garnett and a young Ricky Rubio first wowed each other during a labor-stoppage workout.
Timberwolves add 7-footer Hamilton to frontcourt

Timberwolves add 7-footer Hamilton to frontcourt

On Thursday, the Wolves claimed 7-foot center Justin Hamilton off waivers and released rookie Glenn Robinson III to make room.
Wolves flounder in home loss to rejuvenated Denver

Wolves flounder in home loss to rejuvenated Denver

The Timberwolves were beaten at Target Center by a Nuggets team that has now won two in a row since firing its coach Tuesday.
NBA official review has benefits, flaws

NBA official review has benefits, flaws

Since Monday, the NBA now releases a transcription reviewing every official’s call or non-call made in the final two minutes of games.
Wolves' Pekovic again slowed by ankle injury

Wolves' Pekovic again slowed by ankle injury

The Wolves center missed most of the second half Saturday night and might not play today.
Garnett ejected, Wolves fall just short at home against Memphis

Garnett ejected, Wolves fall just short at home against Memphis

A second consecutive sellout crowd arrived early to watch Kevin Garnett back at Target Center, but they never got to say a proper goodnight after Garnett was ejected in the third quarter of a 101-97 loss.
Wolves notes: Joerger sees KG-fueled burst of life in franchise

Wolves notes: Joerger sees KG-fueled burst of life in franchise

Dave Joerger praised the Wolves to no end before Saturday’s game.

Wolves notes: Bulls coach Thibodeau applauds Garnett addition

Thibodeau and Garnett won an NBA title together in their first seasons in Boston in 2008.
Garnett sits out, Wolves come up short against Chicago

Garnett sits out, Wolves come up short against Chicago

The Timberwolves kept Friday night’s game in Chicago close while Kevin Garnett rested, but the Bulls were too much in the end claiming a 96-89 victory.
Back-to-back games for Garnett depends on his daily health

Back-to-back games for Garnett depends on his daily health

Now that Kevin Garnett is back with the Timberwolves the question is whether the 38-year-old will play games on consecutive nights.
Wolves stomp Washington in Garnett's return to Target Center

Wolves stomp Washington in Garnett's return to Target Center

The Wolves found their rhythm with Kevin Garnett after a slow start Wednesday night against Washington.
Wolves notes: Wizards coach Wittman saw KG's start with Wolves, too

Wolves notes: Wizards coach Wittman saw KG's start with Wolves, too

They came early, waited in lengthy lines and in some cases paid a premium price for tickets Wednesday night at Target Center, all for the…
Garnett, Wolves go back to the future: 'A great opportunity'

Garnett, Wolves go back to the future: 'A great opportunity'

Kevin Garnett was reintroduced to Minnesota during a news conference Tuesday afternoon -- 20 years after he was drafted and came to Minnesota directly out of high school.
McHale says Garnett 'will do a good job with those guys'

McHale says Garnett 'will do a good job with those guys'

On Monday night, Kevin Garnett flew into Minnesota to prepare for Tuesday’s first practice with his new team and a welcoming news conference, while former partners Flip Saunders and Kevin McHale coached against each other in Houston.
Timberwolves fall to energized Harden, Rockets

Timberwolves fall to energized Harden, Rockets

Andrew Wiggins had 30 points for the Wolves in Houston, but Rockets star James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Garnett returns; first game with Wolves is Wednesday

Garnett returns; first game with Wolves is Wednesday

In rejoining the Timberwolves in a trade for forward Thaddeus Young, the one-time teen superstar is now an elder statesman.
Will Garnett waive no-trade clause to set up return to Minnesota?

Will Garnett waive no-trade clause to set up return to Minnesota?

The Wolves and Brooklyn have discussed a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett back to the franchise where he played his first 12 NBA seasons.
NBA elite finally get a real All-Star break

NBA elite finally get a real All-Star break

Extending the break for NBA All-Star activities gives the Wolves’ contingent extra days to recharge.
NBA Insider: Will Wolves veterans stay or will they go?

NBA Insider: Will Wolves veterans stay or will they go?

Corey Brewer and Mo Williams are gone, but it appears that might be the extent of Flip Saunders' dealing.
Wolves' LaVine gets dunk contest advice from NBA legend

Wolves' LaVine gets dunk contest advice from NBA legend

Dominique Wilkins dished high-flying advice to rookie dunk contest contender Zach LaVine.
One day, two trades: Wolves alter roster dealing Williams, Daniels

One day, two trades: Wolves alter roster dealing Williams, Daniels

Flip Saunders spent an off-day wheeling and dealing, making two trades to continue to shape the Wolves’ roster.
Best of the East hammers Wolves

Best of the East hammers Wolves

The contrast between a team in sync and one trying to come together was glaring as Atlanta ended the Wiolves' three-game winning streak.

Up next for Wolves is a long stretch against league's best

Monday night’s home game against Atlanta began a stretch of 14 opponents who were winning games at a 63 percent rate.
Rubio likely to sit as Wolves stay cautious with ailing players

Rubio likely to sit as Wolves stay cautious with ailing players

Ricky Rubio’s bad ankle will get more healing time during back-to-backs, Flip Saunders said.
Hobbled Rubio sparks late Wolves run to top Memphis

Hobbled Rubio sparks late Wolves run to top Memphis

Ricky Rubio returned after limping to the locker room and scored the final five points in a thrilling victory in front of a home crowd.
Grizzlies' Joerger feels 'no weirdness' when facing Wolves

Grizzlies' Joerger feels 'no weirdness' when facing Wolves

Memphis coach Dave Joerger returned to Minnesota and Target Center for Friday’s game against the Timberwolves, the first time he’s coached here since last summer’s courtship with his home-state team.
Rubio hopes to come back stronger than last time

Rubio hopes to come back stronger than last time

Ricky Rubio believes he is an improved teammate and shooter from a three-month absence that tested his patience but said made him better all around.
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