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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…
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.
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.
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.
Here's the answers to what you're wondering about as the Wolves prepare to open the season.
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.
The Wolves' draft-night trade with Chicago for three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler was the first thunderbolt transaction in a dizzying summer.
Tom Thibodeau now has the pieces to push the tempo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wolves pickup Jimmy Butler excels at what the team need most — clutch plays.
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.
Former Gopher Lindsay Whalen's hustling, sprawling play in her old home helped propel the Lynx to another WNBA title.
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.
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.
Shabazz Muhammad on Saturday played a team-high 29½ minutes and led the Wolves with a 22-point, six-rebound game in L.A.
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.
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
Brian Dutcher, the longtime college assistant with Minnesota ties, is now San Diego State's head man.
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.
The difference, according to Crawford: Thibodeau's meticulous nature, his preparation, perhaps even his single-mindedness.
The NBA has had a longtime rule that requires players, coaches and trainers to stand during the national anthem.
His absence has been noticed in the early days of the Wolves' San Diego training camp by those who know him best.
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.
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.
The remade Wolves roster begins training camp Saturday in San Diego, then jets to China for two preseason games vs. Golden State.
The third uniform was shown at a Los Angeles event where the team was repped by Karl-Anthony Towns.
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.
The Timberwolves intend to sign young star Andrew Wiggins to a contract extension by October's season opener that could approach $150 million.
Winding up with the Timberwolves, in the same city he was drafted 18 years ago, was meant to be for Jamal Crawford.
"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.
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?
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
Gibson was arrested and charged with a moving vehicle violation and driving with a suspended license.
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.
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.
The 16th overall pick last month, injured in a recent workout, is out indefinitely and will miss the Summer League.
Signing of Taj Gibson reunited Tom Thibodeau with another former player he admires.
Trade of veteran point guard to Utah opens the door for the team to add the free agent, and maybe more.
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.
Ex-Roseville star Mike Muscala's hard work is soon to be rewarded in NBA free agency, which begins late Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
The availability of NBA vets including Jimmy Butler and Paul George could alter the draft-day strategies for the Wolves and other teams.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remote and hilly by design, the new course three hours from the Twin Cities was laid out with a links-golf feel in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are closing in on a new standard for starters.
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.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau considered Tuesday's 121-107 loss at Golden State something of a test of character.
The point guard made shots from near and far as the Wolves avenged their Friday night collapse in Los Angeles.
With his fifth NBA team, the former Wolves first-round pick is a veteran presence on a team loaded with youth.
Loss of Nemanja Bjelica is latest disruption to team.
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.
"Once our season is over, I'll get up to speed on all of that,'' he said.
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.
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.
The Wolves on Saturday lost their sixth straight, this time to a hot Portland team that has won 10 of 13.
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.
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.
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