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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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Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

The Wolves have lost consecutive games twice this season, resoundingly to Indiana and Detroit on back-to-back nights in the season's second week and again on consecutive nights this week.
Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

The Wolves lost to a Hornets team they beat by 18 points at home two weeks ago after they couldn't stop Charlotte's big men.
Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week

Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week

Towns won the weekly award for the third time in his young career after he averaged 20.3 and 12.3 rebounds last week.
Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Gorgui Dieng is back at the beginning after he missed three consecutive games, ending a streak of 175 straight, because of a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots

In four games leading to Friday's game against the Mavericks, Timberwolves star guard Jimmy Butler shot 18-for-54 from the field.
Wolves turn around 'lackadaisical' first half, rout Mavericks in second

Wolves turn around 'lackadaisical' first half, rout Mavericks in second

The Wolves trailed the two-win Mavericks by as many as 14 points before a strong second half.
On 22nd birthday, Towns' statistics put him among some NBA greats

On 22nd birthday, Towns' statistics put him among some NBA greats

Statistically, Karl-Anthony Towns has compiled points, rebounds and more at a pace that rivals LeBron, Shaq, Kobe and some of the other greats of the NBA.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder not worrying about Ricky Rubio's shot

Jazz coach Quin Snyder not worrying about Ricky Rubio's shot

Rubio is averaging 14.5 points on 38 percent shooting (28 percent from three-point range), 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Teague dominates Rubio as Wolves use strong start to race past Utah

Teague dominates Rubio as Wolves use strong start to race past Utah

Former Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio was held to three points and two assists, and the Wolves took advantage of the Jazz playing without star center Rudy Gobert.
Any way you look at it, Wolves struggle down the stretch

Any way you look at it, Wolves struggle down the stretch

Did the Wolves allow a deciding 14-0 run in a loss to Phoenix because they didn't score a point for four minutes or because they couldn't defend the Suns?
Opportunity disappears for Timberwolves in final moments

Opportunity disappears for Timberwolves in final moments

The Suns scored 14 points in a row late in the game, running past the Wolves.
Wiggins' youth exploits recalled by a fellow Canadian

Wiggins' youth exploits recalled by a fellow Canadian

Phoenix interim head coach Jay Triano well knows the basketball history of his country.
Buckets, not dimes: Butler vows to take on a scoring burden

Buckets, not dimes: Butler vows to take on a scoring burden

After distributing the ball to teammates in the Wolves' 7-4 start, Jimmy Butler said he'll start to take more shots.
Timberwolves eager to regroup after being 'humbled' by Golden State

Timberwolves eager to regroup after being 'humbled' by Golden State

Coach Tom Thibodeau kept his starters on the court even after the game's outcome was no longer in doubt. He had a couple of reasons for that strategy on a night when his team fell apart in the second half.
Wolves learn how far they need to go in lopsided loss to Warriors

Wolves learn how far they need to go in lopsided loss to Warriors

After trailing by only one at halftime, the Wolves were demolished when the defending NBA champions, playing without superstar Kevin Durant, scored 44 points in the third quarter.
Team first: Butler's scoring takes big hit as Wolves roll up wins

Team first: Butler's scoring takes big hit as Wolves roll up wins

"As we're winning I don't give a damn what my stats are. I think winning makes everybody happy," Jimmy Butler said after 10 games with his new team.
Timberwolves back-to-back home games a rarity

Timberwolves back-to-back home games a rarity

This weekend is the only time this season the Wolves play home games on consecutive nights.
Asia becomes a player in the NBA

Asia becomes a player in the NBA

Financial might and fan interest continue to rise, Jerry Zgoda writes in his Sunday NBA Insider.
'It's not easy': Dieng adjusting to lesser role with remade Wolves

'It's not easy': Dieng adjusting to lesser role with remade Wolves

Gorgui Dieng admits he has struggled to find the same kind of efficiency and production that he had as a starter for the Wolves last season.
Thibodeau isn't happy, but Wolves win another close one

Thibodeau isn't happy, but Wolves win another close one

A Timberwolves team that seemingly couldn't win a close game last season now can't lose one. For the fifth time already this season, the Wolves persevered in the final minute.
Game 7s memorable to Wolves' Thibodeau, Crawford

Game 7s memorable to Wolves' Thibodeau, Crawford

Tom Thibodeau and Jamal Crawford have combined to be part of 11 Game 7s in their NBA careers.
Teague gets his hands moving, steals spotlight for Wolves

Teague gets his hands moving, steals spotlight for Wolves

Jeff Teague's performance in Monday's 125-122 overtime victory at Miami apparently included thievery beyond the six steals.
Thibodeau waiting to see more from Wolves' second unit

Thibodeau waiting to see more from Wolves' second unit

The coach believed he'd improved the team's bench in the offseason, but he's still waiting to see more results.
Wolves take a punch, recover to beat the Heat in overtime

Wolves take a punch, recover to beat the Heat in overtime

Miami rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation time and then fell just short during a last-minute comeback try in overtime.
Butler shares (nasty) details of illness, but ready to play

Butler shares (nasty) details of illness, but ready to play

Jimmy Butler discussed in gory detail the upper respiratory illness that kept him out of two games.
Wolves must take hard look at themselves after two lopsided losses

Wolves must take hard look at themselves after two lopsided losses

At least two Timberwolves players, Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Muhammad, admit they are not playing well as the team has slogged through back-to-back stinkers.
Wolves' 18-year vet Crawford adjusts to Detroit's new arena

Wolves' 18-year vet Crawford adjusts to Detroit's new arena

Jamal Crawford visited the Pistons' former Palace of Auburn Hills his first 17 seasons and Wednesday got his first look at the Pistons' new home in downtown Detroit.
'We've lost our way a little bit': Wolves humbled in another blowout loss

'We've lost our way a little bit': Wolves humbled in another blowout loss

The Wolves started the season 2-1 against three of the Western Conference's top teams and have lost their last two by lopsided scores to lesser Eastern Conference squads.
NBA: Refs missed illegal screen, time-out call before Wiggins' game-winner

NBA: Refs missed illegal screen, time-out call before Wiggins' game-winner

Tuesday, the NBA deemed two officiating errors were made against the Thunder in the Sunday's final five seconds.
New-look Ricky Rubio still looks right at home

New-look Ricky Rubio still looks right at home

Former Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio came “home” Friday to a newly remodeled Target Center he almost didn’t recognize and to an introductory ovation that…
Jazz Age begins: Rubio now a Target Center visitor

Jazz Age begins: Rubio now a Target Center visitor

On Friday night, Rubio brings the Jazz to a freshly remodeled Target Center he might not quite recognize in a reunion with a Wolves team playing its home opener.
'We just have to do better': Wolves open with a dud in San Antonio

'We just have to do better': Wolves open 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.
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.
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.
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