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Kent Youngblood

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Kent Youngblood is a general assignment reporter. He writes most often about the Timberwolves and Wild.
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford knows first-hand growing pains of a young team

Hornets coach Steve Clifford knows first-hand growing pains of a young team

The Wolves on Saturday night faced a Charlotte team that turned the corner last season.
Different venue, same result as Wolves stumble vs. Knicks again

Different venue, same result as Wolves stumble vs. Knicks again

The Wolves lost to New York for the second time in three games.

Game recap: New York 118, Wolves 114

A quick look at Friday's game.
Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns class of 2015 draft

Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns class of 2015 draft

The players that finished 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting squared off for the second time in three days.
Business of sports always interested Wolves CEO Casson

Business of sports always interested Wolves CEO Casson

Wolves CEO Ethan Casson's career followed the path he planned.
47 points by Towns not enough as Knicks hold off late Wolves rally

47 points by Towns not enough as Knicks hold off late Wolves rally

Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday night had the third game with 45 points and 15 rebounds in franchise history but it wasn't enough against the Knicks.
Towns: Run of Wolves losses 'on my shoulders'

Towns: Run of Wolves losses 'on my shoulders'

After the Wolves had allowed the Utah Jazz nearly unfettered access to the basket in Monday's loss, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at his locker and took the blame for his team's slow start.
After another loss, Thibodeau says Wolves must 'look at everything'

After another loss, Thibodeau says Wolves must 'look at everything'

In a Wolves locker room nearly as quiet as the Target Center had been just moments before, the frustration was palpable but the answers were elusive.
Jazz, Wolves on a similar rebuilding course

Jazz, Wolves on a similar rebuilding course

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau didn't know what his future would hold when, during his one season out of the NBA, he included the Utah Jazz as one of his many visits. Turns out he got a good look at a team that is following a very similar path as the Wolves are now.
Wolves blow 13-point fourth-quarter lead in loss to Celtics

Wolves blow 13-point fourth-quarter lead in loss to Celtics

The Wolves played very well while building a 10-point halftime lead. The team came out the locker room and grew that lead to 13 after three. And then?
Wiggins put in the work; now it's paying off

Wiggins put in the work; now it's paying off

Andrew Wiggins decided not to play for the Canadian team in an Olympic qualifier, opting instead to spend the summer in the gym. His 301 points are the most in team history for the first 11 games..
Wolves avoid usual second-half rut, rip 76ers

Wolves avoid usual second-half rut, rip 76ers

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng led the way in a big way, each finishing with a double-double that left even hard-to-please Tom Thibodeau with nothing but praise.
Former Kansas star Embiid finally arrives, thrives on court

Former Kansas star Embiid finally arrives, thrives on court

Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were on the same court together for the first time since college when the Wolves played host to Philadelphia on Thursday.
LaVine on third-quarter fails: 'It ruins all our spirits'

LaVine on third-quarter fails: 'It ruins all our spirits'

Zach LaVine knows that the Wolves need to fix their major problem this season, coming out flat and blowing second-half leads. It's taking a toll on the team's morale.
Wild over Ottawa? Boudreau explains why he chose Minnesota

Wild over Ottawa? Boudreau explains why he chose Minnesota

Days after interviewing for the Wild's head coaching job, Bruce Boudreau interviewed in Ottawa, where his daughter lives.
Ricky Rubio has 'good day' of practice with Wolves

Ricky Rubio has 'good day' of practice with Wolves

The Timberwolves point guard, injured in the team's second game, was listed as questionable for Saturday's game. But coach Tom Thibodeau indicated Rubio could be ready.
Wolves 'saw a lot of things' during extensive film session

Wolves 'saw a lot of things' during extensive film session

Coach Tom Thibodeau canceled practice Friday, instead holding a long film session before taking off for Saturday's game in Oklahoma City
Young Timberwolves starters bring high expectations

Young Timberwolves starters bring high expectations

Thursday night, for the second straight game, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau had a starting five that included four players aged 22 or younger.
Wolves go cold in third quarter in loss to Denver

Wolves go cold in third quarter in loss to Denver

The Timberwolves went 0-for-7 from three-point range in the third quarter, and lost another big lead to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Rubio's injured elbow means Dunn likely to start Wolves home opener

Rubio's injured elbow means Dunn likely to start Wolves home opener

Point guard Ricky Rubio, who sprained his right elbow in the fourth quarter Saturday in Sacramento, is sidelined indefinitely.
Wolves, Dieng agree to four-year, $64 million contract extension

Wolves, Dieng agree to four-year, $64 million contract extension

In two games this season Dieng has started and averaged 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds, posting a double-double in both games.
Obsessed by the game: Thibodeau driven by full-court passion

Obsessed by the game: Thibodeau driven by full-court passion

Tom Thibodeau brings 30 years of accumulated knowledge to the Timberwolves as he embarks on his first season as head coach and president of basketball operations.
Wolves' Wiggins ready to step out of the shadows

Wolves' Wiggins ready to step out of the shadows

For the Wolves to land a spot in the playoffs after more than a decade away, Andrew Wiggins being able to take a big leap in Year 3 is probably the biggest factor.
Wolves' LaVine has found his role

Wolves' LaVine has found his role

Zach LaVine gains stability and clarity with designation as the starting shooting guard.
Wolves' rookie Dunn still needs time to adapt to NBA

Wolves' rookie Dunn still needs time to adapt to NBA

Kris Dunn has proven to be effective defensively this preseason. But the rookie has struggled mightily with his shot.
Wolves finally get to show fans what 'genuine excitement' fuss is about

Wolves finally get to show fans what 'genuine excitement' fuss is about

After five preseason games away from Minneapolis, the Wolves get to show off their new talent - and new coach - to a home crowd Wednesday night.
Wolves finally return home to play in front of their fans

Wolves finally return home to play in front of their fans

The team will finish the preseason with home games Wednesday and Friday. The team will hold a fan fest at Target Center on Tuesday.
Wolves' Dieng returning to Louisville for exhibition game

Wolves' Dieng returning to Louisville for exhibition game

Gorgui Dieng arrived at the University of Louisville as a 20-year-old in 2010 and played three seasons for Rick Pitino.
Bjelica hopes game translates better in second year with Wolves

Bjelica hopes game translates better in second year with Wolves

Nemanja Bjelica endured a rocky rookie season, averaging 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists
Wolves coach Thibodeau worried about defense in loss at Charlotte

Wolves coach Thibodeau worried about defense in loss at Charlotte

The Hornets on Monday shot over 50 percent in the preseason matchup. "We have a lot of work to do," Wolves first-year coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Wolves rookie, tough guy Kris Dunn also tough on himself

Wolves rookie, tough guy Kris Dunn also tough on himself

First impression? Kris Dunn is quick and strong enough to defend on the ball, he has the court vision to find open shooters. The rookie was productive despite not shooting well.
Thibodeau Era opens for Wolves with preseason comeback win

Thibodeau Era opens for Wolves with preseason comeback win

A third-quarter rally gave the Timberwolves a victory in their first preseason game under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
Heat coach Spoelstra glad Thibodeau coaching in NBA again

Heat coach Spoelstra glad Thibodeau coaching in NBA again

Twice, they met in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs. So Erik Spoelstra knows what the league is gaining with Tom Thibodeau's return.
Wolves looking to bond on weeklong road trip

Wolves looking to bond on weeklong road trip

The team left for K.C. on Friday and returns Oct. 17.
New Wolves coach Thibodeau likes his team's depth

New Wolves coach Thibodeau likes his team's depth

When was the last time the team had enough depth to list another five or six players fighting for playing time? The Wolves, though talented, are still young. But the team is looking pretty deep.
By asking the greats, Towns seeking to take his game to another level

By asking the greats, Towns seeking to take his game to another level

Karl-Anthony Towns reached out to Hall of Famers and those destined to end up there. He talked to some via phone, some over dinner. It was more than talk about X's and O's.
Wolves notes: Tom Thibodeau hires Peter Patton as shooting coach

Wolves notes: Tom Thibodeau hires Peter Patton as shooting coach

The former Chicago Catholic League star played four years at DePaul, setting a school record for three-point shooting in his junior season (54.1 percent) that still stands.
Tyus Jones looking to build on strong summer

Tyus Jones looking to build on strong summer

He went to Las Vegas with the Wolves' summer league entry and hit the gym to get stronger. But at least for now, Jones appears to be third in the pecking order at point guard.
Shabazz Muhammad knows he must do more than score

Shabazz Muhammad knows he must do more than score

This is a crucial season for Muhammad, who has shown that he can be a dynamic and prolific scorer in the right situation.
Brandon Rush brings a winning background to the Wolves

Brandon Rush brings a winning background to the Wolves

Brandon Rush has been through a lot, including winning titles, a big reason the Wolves wanted him.
Veterans Butler, Lucas have history with Wolves' Thibodeau

Veterans Butler, Lucas have history with Wolves' Thibodeau

Rasual Butler and John Lucas III, both 37, have played for Tom Thibodeau before. They'd like another chance to play for him.
Wolves' first practice under Thibodeau 'very intense'

Wolves' first practice under Thibodeau 'very intense'

Said Andrew Wiggins: "We knew what he was expecting. So we came out here and we worked hard. We gave no reason for him to get mad and make us go harder."
Thibodeau's first Wolves practice attracts a crowd

Thibodeau's first Wolves practice attracts a crowd

Watching practice was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, former Wolves coach Randy Wittman and Gophers coach Richard Pitino.
Ricky Rubio likes Wolves' potential, and wants to be part of it

Ricky Rubio likes Wolves' potential, and wants to be part of it

When the first practice starts Tuesday, both Rubio, 26, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau will begin discovering how the point guard will fit into a new system.
Next step: Wolves preparing for life without Garnett

Next step: Wolves preparing for life without Garnett

For the first time since 1995, Kevin Garnett will not be at an NBA training camp this fall. But the Timberwolves will hold their first practice Tuesday with KG very much on their minds.
'Building relationships': A preseason Q&A with new Wolves coach Thibodeau

'Building relationships': A preseason Q&A with new Wolves coach Thibodeau

With the Timberwolves' first practice scheduled for Tuesday, Tom Thibodeau discussed his return to coaching after a year away.
The Kid calls it a career: Garnett retires after 21 NBA seasons

The Kid calls it a career: Garnett retires after 21 NBA seasons

Kevin Garnett leaves the NBA having played 970 of his career 1,462 games for Minnesota, having scored 19,201 of his 26,071 points and grabbing 10,718 of his 14,662 rebounds in a Timberwolves uniform.
Wolves owner Taylor to Garnett: 'I need you to make a decision'

Wolves owner Taylor to Garnett: 'I need you to make a decision'

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he is still is waiting to hear if Kevin Garnett wants to play another season. Meanwhile, ESPN reported Garnett and the team are in buyout talks.
How Cole Aldrich spent his summer vacation

How Cole Aldrich spent his summer vacation

New Timberwolf Cole Aldrich and assistant Ryan Saunders are at a Basketball Without Borders camp, which is drawing players from all around Europe.
Lynx deliver complete game in crushing Connecticut

Lynx deliver complete game in crushing Connecticut

Struggling with up-and-down play since four-fifths of the starting lineup returned from the Rio Olympics, the Lynx put together a 93-79 victory over the Connecticut Sun at Target Center on Sunday night, a victory that was pretty much wire-to-wire.
Lynx take a victory - and some vengeance - against Washington

Lynx take a victory - and some vengeance - against Washington

Friday night's triumph over Washington avenges an ugly loss and strengthens team's push for top seed.
Lynx star Moore scoring less, but don't be fooled

Lynx star Moore scoring less, but don't be fooled

A quick look at Moore's scoring stats might suggest the Lynx star has taken a half-step back this season. But sometimes numbers can lie.
Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'

Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'

Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is committed to his team and his adopted hometown.
Aldrich returns home to fill gap with grind for Wolves

Aldrich returns home to fill gap with grind for Wolves

Cole Aldrich's NBA odyssey winds its way back to Minnesota. The former Bloomington Jefferson standout signed a three-year, $22 million contract.
Wolves' two new minority owners share a love of the NBA

Wolves' two new minority owners share a love of the NBA

Both made it clear that buying into Glen Taylor's Timberwolves — Meyer Orbach with a 9.5 percent share, Lizhang Jiang with a 5 percent — was the perfect combination of business and pleasure.
Timberwolves rehire 49ers' Ethan Casson as CEO

Timberwolves rehire 49ers' Ethan Casson as CEO

Less than a month after Rob Moor stepped down from his position as Timberwolves CEO, the team has filled the position with San Francisco 49ers executive Ethan Casson, a former Wolves vice president.
Thibodeau: Wolves focusing on young core, but have room to deal

Thibodeau: Wolves focusing on young core, but have room to deal

Tom Thibodeau indicated Saturday the process of building the Wolves into a contender will take time. So, perhaps, a big free agency splash might not have been the right move
Brandon Rush enters 'good situation' with Wolves

Brandon Rush enters 'good situation' with Wolves

Brandon Rush - a three-point specialist who spent four of the past five seasons with Golden State — agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Is Gasol next Wolves target after Lakers sign Deng for 4 years, $72M?

Is Gasol next Wolves target after Lakers sign Deng for 4 years, $72M?

Power forward Luol Deng, a free agent the Timberwolves had contacted, has agreed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports.
Wolves showing patience during free agency frenzy

Wolves showing patience during free agency frenzy

On a day when deals came fast and furious in the NBA, the Wolves remained relatively silent.
At opening of free agency, Wolves put in a call to Heat's Deng

At opening of free agency, Wolves put in a call to Heat's Deng

The Miami star forward might want to reunite with new Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Utah and the Clippers were also said to be interested.
With inflated salary cap, it's a whole new world in the NBA

With inflated salary cap, it's a whole new world in the NBA

With a 30 percent hike in the salary cap, contract lines are about to be redrawn.
Wolves welcome Jiang, Orbach

Wolves welcome Jiang, Orbach

Glen Taylor has given the pair minority stakes.
Taylor selling off part of Wolves; Chinese investor one of two buyers

Taylor selling off part of Wolves; Chinese investor one of two buyers

The new owners include Lizhang Jiang, a 35-year-old who works in sports marketing in China.
Dunn ready for NBA: 'I've worked 22 years for this'

Dunn ready for NBA: 'I've worked 22 years for this'

After hustling pickup games just trying to make it through a day as a teen, the prospect of jumping from college to the NBA is more thrilling than intimidating.
'A great fit': Wolves select, and keep, Kris Dunn No. 5 overall

'A great fit': Wolves select, and keep, Kris Dunn No. 5 overall

The 6-4 Dunn averaged 16.4 points per game last season for Providence. Trade rumors persisted during the draft but the Wolves are keeping their pick.
Towns likes what he's seen in a pair of Wolves draft prospects

Towns likes what he's seen in a pair of Wolves draft prospects

Karl-Anthony Towns won't be making any decisions Thursday during the NBA draft. But the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year does have some insight into two potential Wolves' picks.
Wolves new GM says draft 'has makings of a fun day'

Wolves new GM says draft 'has makings of a fun day'

New Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden know they have to be ready for anything during Thursday's NBA draft.
Could Wolves land another big man in the draft?

Could Wolves land another big man in the draft?

Leading the list is Dragan Bender, the big man from Croatia who has been near the top of many mock drafts and could be available at No. 5. And there are other intriguing options.
Wolves have options — keep or trade — with No. 5 pick

Wolves have options — keep or trade — with No. 5 pick

When it comes to trading away or trading for one of the top five picks in the NBA draft, the Timberwolves are relative veterans.

Rob Moor steps down as CEO for Wolves and Lynx

The longtime CEO will be more directly involved in the owner's overall business holdings.
Depth charge: Fresher Lynx look to go 11-0 against Fever

Depth charge: Fresher Lynx look to go 11-0 against Fever

While heavy sweat equity went into the 10-0 opening in 2012, a deeper bench has made this season feel different for the defending WNBA champs.
Wiggins won't play for Team Canada

Wiggins won't play for Team Canada

Andrew Wiggins announced Friday he would not play for Team Canada in an Olympic qualifying tournament next month.
For Lynx Olympians, risks of Rio are worth it

For Lynx Olympians, risks of Rio are worth it

While there are concerns about health in Rio — in particular the Zika virus — nobody from the WNBA is having second thoughts about the Summer Olympics.
Lynx conquer poor start to beat Phoenix, remain undefeated

Lynx conquer poor start to beat Phoenix, remain undefeated

In front of a crowd that went from disgruntled to deafening, the Lynx wore down the Mercury, winning on a night when nothing went right early but little went wrong late.
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