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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.
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.
Zach LaVine gains stability and clarity with designation as the starting shooting guard.
Kris Dunn has proven to be effective defensively this preseason. But the rookie has struggled mightily with his shot.
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.
The team will finish the preseason with home games Wednesday and Friday. The team will hold a fan fest at Target Center on Tuesday.
Gorgui Dieng arrived at the University of Louisville as a 20-year-old in 2010 and played three seasons for Rick Pitino.
Nemanja Bjelica endured a rocky rookie season, averaging 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists
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.
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.
A third-quarter rally gave the Timberwolves a victory in their first preseason game under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
Twice, they met in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs. So Erik Spoelstra knows what the league is gaining with Tom Thibodeau's return.
The team left for K.C. on Friday and returns Oct. 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has been through a lot, including winning titles, a big reason the Wolves wanted him.
Rasual Butler and John Lucas III, both 37, have played for Tom Thibodeau before. They'd like another chance to play for him.
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."
Watching practice was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, former Wolves coach Randy Wittman and Gophers coach Richard Pitino.
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.
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.
With the Timberwolves' first practice scheduled for Tuesday, Tom Thibodeau discussed his return to coaching after a year away.
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.
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.
New Timberwolf Cole Aldrich and assistant Ryan Saunders are at a Basketball Without Borders camp, which is drawing players from all around Europe.
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.
Friday night's triumph over Washington avenges an ugly loss and strengthens team's push for top seed.
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.
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is committed to his team and his adopted hometown.
Cole Aldrich's NBA odyssey winds its way back to Minnesota. The former Bloomington Jefferson standout signed a three-year, $22 million contract.
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.
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.
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 - a three-point specialist who spent four of the past five seasons with Golden State — agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
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.
On a day when deals came fast and furious in the NBA, the Wolves remained relatively silent.
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 a 30 percent hike in the salary cap, contract lines are about to be redrawn.
Glen Taylor has given the pair minority stakes.
The new owners include Lizhang Jiang, a 35-year-old who works in sports marketing in China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to trading away or trading for one of the top five picks in the NBA draft, the Timberwolves are relative veterans.
The longtime CEO will be more directly involved in the owner's overall business holdings.
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.
Andrew Wiggins announced Friday he would not play for Team Canada in an Olympic qualifying tournament next month.
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.
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.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is loath to talk about specific matchups, but Fowles likes the challenge of playing against the Phoenix center: "I like anybody who will make me work.''
The Lynx used a 27-point fourth to put the Wings away 80-63, improving to 7-0 and matching the second-best start to a season in franchise history. Next up: trying to match the 2012 team that began 10-0.
Having just completed a 6-0 May, with two victories over Phoenix and wins at Chicago and New York, the Lynx will take their perfect record to Target Center against Dallas Saturday night.
Intense? Remember 2013, when, after the Lynx pasted his team, Laimbeer expressed his chagrin with Reeve keeping star Maya Moore in the game and said Moore "should get hurt'' for that? Their teams play tonight.
Coach Cheryl Reeve agrees with those who say this could be the most talented Lynx team she has coached. Its 4-0 start will be tested tonight against WNBA runner-up Indiana.
The Timberwolves announced nine staff moves Friday, including showing Milt Newton and Rob Babcock the door out of Target Center.
Renee Montgomery knows improved defense means more minutes as the Lynx season goes on.
The Ping Pong balls fell according to form Tuesday night: No teams moved up or down meaning the Wolves will select fifth while Philadelphia won the NBA draft lottery.
Karl-Anthony Towns will represent the Wolves at Tuesday's draft lottery.
The Marquette big man can thank his siblings for forcing him to learn small-man skills.
Five things to watch as the WNBA begins its 20th season.
Three things to watch as the Lynx begin their quest for a fourth WNBA title.
Veteran guard Seimone Augustus, who has battled knee injuries, played overseas in Russia this offseason but said she felt "great" after her first practice back with the Lynx.
The Lynx's preseason finale in Rochester was about taking a final look at players trying to make the team for the first time, and a first look at returning veteran Janel McCarville.
With a full training camp, coach Cheryl Reeve is convinced Sylvia Fowles will be even more effective. Fowles averaged 15.3 points with the Lynx last summer after joining the team midseason
Jia Perkins was 21, was a homegrown Texan, a star guard on a Texas Tech women's basketball team with NCAA championship aspirations. Then, in an instant, her life changed.
Hher return would provide more veteran depth in the post for the Lynx, who will be trying for a third time to win back-to-back league titles.
Cornerback Eric Murray was the first University of Minnesota player to be selected in the draft; linebacker De'Vondre Campbell was taken nine picks later.
Head coach Geno Auriemma said four Lynx players on the team are "incredibly unselfish."
Scott Layden, son of Utah exec Frank Layden, gathered hoops wisdom at several NBA stops.
When the team opened training camp Sunday at its practice facility at Mayo Square, there were only two players — Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore — who were a part of the team when training camp opened a year ago.
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