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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
Wolves cringe, empathize over Hayward's gruesome leg injury

Wolves cringe, empathize over Hayward's gruesome leg injury

Jimmy Butler looked away when television replays showed Gordon Hayward's gruesome leg injury fewer than six minutes into his Celtics career Tuesday in Cleveland.
'We just have to do better': Wolves open season with a dud in San Antonio

'We just have to do better': Wolves open season with a dud in San Antonio

Debuting three new starters and six new faces on the opening night roster, the Wolves trailed by as many 13 points and couldn't hold a one-point lead with five minutes remaining.
Five questions, five answers about the Timberwolves in 2017-18

Five questions, five answers about the Timberwolves in 2017-18

Here's the answers to what you're wondering about as the Wolves prepare to open the season.
Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

With trades and free-agent signings bringing more star power and maturity, will the Wolves perpetual future finally yield to a winning present? The answer will begin to come into focus during Wednesday's season-opener.
Flurry of offseason player movement adding intrigue to NBA season

Flurry of offseason player movement adding intrigue to NBA season

The Wolves' draft-night trade with Chicago for three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler was the first thunderbolt transaction in a dizzying summer.
The answer seems clear for the Timberwolves: Let's run

The answer seems clear for the Timberwolves: Let's run

Tom Thibodeau now has the pieces to push the tempo.
Time in Miami prepared Georges-Hunt for Wolves roster battle

Time in Miami prepared Georges-Hunt for Wolves roster battle

After an up-and down first year, Marcus Georges-Hunt wants to show the Wolves what he can do as a Tom Thibodeau-approved "3-and-D" player.
Wolves come back from China, get back to work

Wolves come back from China, get back to work

After Tuesday's workout, coach Tom Thibodeau called for a need to return to fundamentals in the team's first practice after its trip to China.
Timberwolves assistant Lucas has role models in dad, Thibodeau

Timberwolves assistant Lucas has role models in dad, Thibodeau

When John Lucas III turned down a couple of other opportunities and returned to the Wolves, he said he did so to work with Tom Thibodeau.
Rerunning of the Bulls: Thibodeau keeps building Wolves Chicago-style

Rerunning of the Bulls: Thibodeau keeps building Wolves Chicago-style

Three four former Bulls pklayers and an assistant coach give the Wolves a group who already know Tom Thibodeau, his strategy and his temperament very well.
The closer: Wolves' Butler has gone from obscure rookie to All-Star

The closer: Wolves' Butler has gone from obscure rookie to All-Star

Wolves pickup Jimmy Butler excels at what the team need most — clutch plays.
Veteran Gibson rejoins Thibodeau; Wolves beat Golden State 111-95

Veteran Gibson rejoins Thibodeau; Wolves beat Golden State 111-95

Taj Gibson, 32, went back into the gym last summer to expand his game. His goal was to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.
Right at home: Whalen wills Lynx to victory on her old 'Barn' floor

Right at home: Whalen wills Lynx to victory on her old 'Barn' floor

Former Gopher Lindsay Whalen's hustling, sprawling play in her old home helped propel the Lynx to another WNBA title.
When needed to deliver, Brunson answers Sparks' dare

When needed to deliver, Brunson answers Sparks' dare

Rebekkah Brunson's 18-point, 13-rebound performance in Game 4 outdid herself in the Lynx's two Finals losses by 10 points and eight rebounds. "This was it for us," she said.
Gibson adds versatility to Timberwolves lineup

Gibson adds versatility to Timberwolves lineup

Taj Gibson's presence alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins gives the Wolves a more mobile defender who can counter the smaller lineup so prevalent in the NBA these days.
Skinnier Muhammad leads Wolves to preseason win over Lakers

Skinnier Muhammad leads Wolves to preseason win over Lakers

Shabazz Muhammad on Saturday played a team-high 29½ minutes and led the Wolves with a 22-point, six-rebound game in L.A.
Despite two-way contract, Brown seeks to prove himself to Wolves

Despite two-way contract, Brown seeks to prove himself to Wolves

The league's new labor deal expands rosters from 15 players to 17 and creates a pair of spots that limit a player to 45 days on an NBA roster.
Wolves' Dieng says Louisville's troubles don't diminish accomplishments

Wolves' Dieng says Louisville's troubles don't diminish accomplishments

Gorgui Dieng played three seasons for Rick Pitino at Louisville and won the 2013 NCAA title there. He's watched from afar while the second scandal in the past three years rocked his alma mater
Son of former Gophers coach Dutcher finally gets his head coaching shot

Son of former Gophers coach Dutcher finally gets his head coaching shot

Brian Dutcher, the longtime college assistant with Minnesota ties, is now San Diego State's head man.
Muhammad returns to Wolves after long-term deals didn't come

Muhammad returns to Wolves after long-term deals didn't come

Shabazz Muhammad said he has "no regret" the way things turned out, but called himself "obviously a little disappointed" that better contract offers didn't materialize.
Crawford says Wolves' Thibodeau is one of a kind

Crawford says Wolves' Thibodeau is one of a kind

The difference, according to Crawford: Thibodeau's meticulous nature, his preparation, perhaps even his single-mindedness.
Thibodeau wants Wolves players to speak freely, stand during anthem

Thibodeau wants Wolves players to speak freely, stand during anthem

The NBA has had a longtime rule that requires players, coaches and trainers to stand during the national anthem.
Wolves missing their old teammate Zach LaVine

Wolves missing their old teammate Zach LaVine

His absence has been noticed in the early days of the Wolves' San Diego training camp by those who know him best.
Wolves aim to bond on long trek to China

Wolves aim to bond on long trek to China

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said he will use the lengthy preseason trip to build team chemistry. All told, the team will be away form Minneapolis for 18 days.
Wiggins is 'same guy' but vows to earn his big deal

Wiggins is 'same guy' but vows to earn his big deal

Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is due a five-year, $148 million contract and says he'll sign soon, and the money won't change him.
Preseason won't be business as usual for the Timberwolves

Preseason won't be business as usual for the Timberwolves

The remade Wolves roster begins training camp Saturday in San Diego, then jets to China for two preseason games vs. Golden State.
Neon green: Timberwolves unveil 'statement' jersey

Neon green: Timberwolves unveil 'statement' jersey

The third uniform was shown at a Los Angeles event where the team was repped by Karl-Anthony Towns.
Roth will coach Wolves' G League team

Roth will coach Wolves' G League team

The Timberwolves have plotted part of their future by reaching into their past, coming to an agreement with former Wolves player and current scout Scott Roth to coach the franchise's new Iowa team in the G League.
Next up for Wolves: A big contract for Wiggins

Next up for Wolves: A big contract for Wiggins

The Timberwolves intend to sign young star Andrew Wiggins to a contract extension by October's season opener that could approach $150 million.
With many ties to Wolves, Crawford's arrival almost inevitable

With many ties to Wolves, Crawford's arrival almost inevitable

Winding up with the Timberwolves, in the same city he was drafted 18 years ago, was meant to be for Jamal Crawford.
Gruff, tough but 'awesome': New Wolves take apart Thibodeau's style

Gruff, tough but 'awesome': New Wolves take apart Thibodeau's style

"His shell is so hard, but once you finally break into his shell, he's an awesome guy," Taj Gibson said of Tom Thibodeau, who is his coach again.
Experienced new Wolves expected to add toughness and character

Experienced new Wolves expected to add toughness and character

In a matter of days, the Wolves have grown older as well as much more experienced and playoff-proven. But will that result in the team's first playoff appearance since 2004?
Wolves agree to two-year deal with Jamal Crawford

Wolves agree to two-year deal with Jamal Crawford

A three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year since 2010, Jamal Crawford's arrival once he clears waivers Monday will give the Wolves a three-point shooting wing off the bench
New Wolves forward Taj Gibson arrested after traffic incident in NYC

New Wolves forward Taj Gibson arrested after traffic incident in NYC

Gibson was arrested and charged with a moving vehicle violation and driving with a suspended license.
Thibodeau: Timberwolves 'put the team first' in trading Rubio

Thibodeau: Timberwolves 'put the team first' in trading Rubio

In his his first public comments since the NBA's free-agent moratorium ended Thursday, Wolves boss Tom Thibodeau addressed trading Ricky Rubio to Utah and bringing in guard Jeff Teague.

Time to sign: NBA's free-agent moratorium ends Thursday

Wolves on Thursday can officially sign point guard Jeff Teague, power forward Taj Gibson and any other free agent with whom they might reach agreement.
Wolves rookie center Justin Patton has foot surgery

Wolves rookie center Justin Patton has foot surgery

The 16th overall pick last month, injured in a recent workout, is out indefinitely and will miss the Summer League.
Wolves, Gibson agree on two-year, $28 million deal

Wolves, Gibson agree on two-year, $28 million deal

Signing of Taj Gibson reunited Tom Thibodeau with another former player he admires.
Changing of guard: Wolves trade Rubio, have deal with Jeff Teague

Changing of guard: Wolves trade Rubio, have deal with Jeff Teague

Trade of veteran point guard to Utah opens the door for the team to add the free agent, and maybe more.
'The right fit': Butler's arrival raises ceiling of expectations for Wolves

'The right fit': Butler's arrival raises ceiling of expectations for Wolves

Jimmy Butler said he that he wants to be involved in bringing other veteran players to the Wolves, which has been an area the team has struggled with over the years.
'Little details' lead to potential big NBA payoff for Roseville's Muscala

'Little details' lead to potential big NBA payoff for Roseville's Muscala

Ex-Roseville star Mike Muscala's hard work is soon to be rewarded in NBA free agency, which begins late Friday night.
Wolves' Patton has guard skills trapped in a center's body

Wolves' Patton has guard skills trapped in a center's body

A late-blooming 7-footer with guard skills, Wolves' first-round draft pick Justin Patton arrived in Minnesota on Monday ready to impress in many areas.
Thibodeau, Butler happy to be reunited

Thibodeau, Butler happy to be reunited

New Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler called his relationship with his former coach "love-hate" even after he and Tom Thibodeau won a gold medal together at last year's Summer Olympics in Brazil. It's sure to be so again, but for now it's much more one than other.
Blockbuster: Wolves trade a haul to get 'a good fit' in Bulls' Butler

Blockbuster: Wolves trade a haul to get 'a good fit' in Bulls' Butler

The Timberwolves made a splash early on draft night. The blockbuster deal reunites Bulls forward Jimmy Butler with Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. For it to happen, the Wolves gave up the No. 7 pick plus Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.
Draft day's here: Wolves wishing upon stars - and stars to be

Draft day's here: Wolves wishing upon stars - and stars to be

The availability of NBA vets including Jimmy Butler and Paul George could alter the draft-day strategies for the Wolves and other teams.
Start to Finnish: NBA prospect Markkanen is a complete player

Start to Finnish: NBA prospect Markkanen is a complete player

Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen has toughness and skill that defies the stereotype of soft European players. He's projected to be drafted in the top 10, meaning the Wolves are in play.
Wolves waive oft-injured Nikola Pekovic

Wolves waive oft-injured Nikola Pekovic

The Timberwolves waived injured center Nikola Pekovic on Tuesday, ending their association with the last player remaining from the Kevin McHale era long ago.Sidelined because…
Isaac's versatility makes him intriguing Wolves draft option

Isaac's versatility makes him intriguing Wolves draft option

In so many ways, Florida State freshman forward Jonathan Isaac with his height, reach and skills uncommon for such a tall man embodies the new NBA.
Kentucky's Monk might be too good for Wolves to pass in draft

Kentucky's Monk might be too good for Wolves to pass in draft

The Wolves must decide whether freshman guard Malik Monk is the next in a growing line of Kentucky players who show more as professionals than NBA scouts ever saw from them in Lexington.
Wolves near draft looking to improve in any way

Wolves near draft looking to improve in any way

They can use that seventh pick in what Wolves General Manager Scott Layden calls one of the best drafts in many years — 10 or 11 players strong at the top, pundits agree — to add another talented youngster alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and injured Zach LaVine.
A team of their own: Wolves take over, rename Iowa's D League team

A team of their own: Wolves take over, rename Iowa's D League team

The Iowa Energy will now be known as the Iowa Wolves and the NBA's D League will soon be renamed the G League as part of a sponsorship deasl.
Timberwolves slide back, grab seventh pick in NBA draft lottery

Timberwolves slide back, grab seventh pick in NBA draft lottery

Minnesota once again moved down and will pick seventh instead of sixth. It's the ninth time in 19 years in the NBA draft lottery process the Wolves moved back.
Thibodeau, other Wolves brass scope out talent at NBA draft combine

Thibodeau, other Wolves brass scope out talent at NBA draft combine

A month after the end of the regular season, Thibodeau has shifted toward his president's job, diving into draft preparations at a Chicago west-side gym for what is being called one of the best classes in years.
Karl-Anthony Towns builds his brand, company by company

Karl-Anthony Towns builds his brand, company by company

Kit-Kat, Nike, Gatorade, 2K Sports, Beats by Dre and Jack Link's Beef Jerky. Towns is evidence that an NBA star needn't play in New York City or Los Angeles to collect endorsement deals.
Sand Valley golf course in Wisconsin is product of big dreams

Sand Valley golf course in Wisconsin is product of big dreams

Remote and hilly by design, the new course three hours from the Twin Cities was laid out with a links-golf feel in mind.
Wolves improve draft chances in pre-lottery draw

Wolves improve draft chances in pre-lottery draw

The Wolves now have a 43.9 percent chance in May 16 lottery to pick sixth and a slightly better than 1 in 20 chance to win the No. 1 overall pick.
Thibodeau praises Rubio - with a caveat

Thibodeau praises Rubio - with a caveat

Ricky Rubio made strides this season, yes. But Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau also took a long look at other guards in the season finale.
Timberwolves' young foundation facing a 'critical summer'

Timberwolves' young foundation facing a 'critical summer'

Tom Thibodeau believes Timberwolves stars Karl-Anthony Towns, 21, and Andrew Wiggins, 22, have found something together despite a 51-loss season. Next up: more development.
Out with a whimper: Wolves season ends with sixth consecutive loss

Out with a whimper: Wolves season ends with sixth consecutive loss

Tom Thibodeau's first season as Minnesota's coach and president of basketball operations came to a close Wednesday night with a 123-118 loss in Houston.
41 by Towns + 40 by Wiggins = Wolves loss on buzzer-beater

41 by Towns + 40 by Wiggins = Wolves loss on buzzer-beater

Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 81 points, but the Wolves lost when D'Angelo Russell hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the Lakers.
Three young Wolves strive to go 82-for-82

Three young Wolves strive to go 82-for-82

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are closing in on a new standard for starters.
Loud and clear: Thibodeau 'coaches every dribble'

Loud and clear: Thibodeau 'coaches every dribble'

Nobody prowls an NBA sideline longer or louder than Tom Thibodeau. And his piercing voice is part of the learning curve for the young Timberwolves.
Road loss leads to 'toughness' talk for Wolves

Road loss leads to 'toughness' talk for Wolves

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau considered Tuesday's 121-107 loss at Golden State something of a test of character.
Rubio's career-high 33 points carry Wolves past Lakers

Rubio's career-high 33 points carry Wolves past Lakers

The point guard made shots from near and far as the Wolves avenged their Friday night collapse in Los Angeles.
Former Wolves forward Corey Brewer enjoys his time playing for Lakers

Former Wolves forward Corey Brewer enjoys his time playing for Lakers

With his fifth NBA team, the former Wolves first-round pick is a veteran presence on a team loaded with youth.
Wolves, newest addition Omri Casspi both adapting

Wolves, newest addition Omri Casspi both adapting

Loss of Nemanja Bjelica is latest disruption to team.
Rally capped: Wolves end losing streak on Rubio's three late free throws

Rally capped: Wolves end losing streak on Rubio's three late free throws

Ricky Rubio's three free throws with 3.4 seconds left were the difference after the Wolves trailed by nine points with fewer than six minutes left.
Wolves' Tom Thibodeau nearing time to don draft-analysis hat

Wolves' Tom Thibodeau nearing time to don draft-analysis hat

"Once our season is over, I'll get up to speed on all of that,'' he said.
As Wolves have slumped, Dunn seeing minutes go up

As Wolves have slumped, Dunn seeing minutes go up

In the three games since the Wolves returned from a 0-3 Eastern trip that quashed their playoff aspirations, rookie Kris Dunn's playing time has more than doubled.
Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Apple Valley's Tre Jones had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead his team to the state 4A title on Saturday night, sparking natural comparisons to his older brother and his accomplishments.
Running on empty, Wolves fall 112-100 in Portland

Running on empty, Wolves fall 112-100 in Portland

The Wolves on Saturday lost their sixth straight, this time to a hot Portland team that has won 10 of 13.
Thibodeau: Wiggins, Towns won't rest down the stretch

Thibodeau: Wiggins, Towns won't rest down the stretch

With just 10 games remaining, Tom Thibodeau said now is not the time for yielding or rest, even if draft-lottery jockeying has replaced playoff aspirations.
Wolves give up another late lead, fall in OT to Lakers

Wolves give up another late lead, fall in OT to Lakers

The Lakers scored nine unanswered points late in the fourth quarter against the Wolves, then the first eight points in overtime to win just their 21st game of the season.
Lakers statue honors 'all-time great' Shaq

Lakers statue honors 'all-time great' Shaq

The Lakers on Friday honored Shaquille O'Neal by placing his bronzed image outside along with those of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West, and famed announcer Chick Hearn.
China's team? Wolves say hearty 'ni hao' to potential market

China's team? Wolves say hearty 'ni hao' to potential market

The games announced Monday are the most visible examples in the Wolves' strategy to make themselves and their young internationally famous stars something of "China's Team."
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