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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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'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.
Wolves agree on three-year deal with Jefferson grad Cole Aldrich

Wolves agree on three-year deal with Jefferson grad Cole Aldrich

Former Jefferson star gets three-year contract to join Wolves' rotation of bigs.
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.
Lynx' Fowles vs. 6-foot-8 Griner: 'Show up or you get showed up'

Lynx' Fowles vs. 6-foot-8 Griner: 'Show up or you get showed up'

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.''
Lynx overcome struggles to stop Dallas, move to 7-0

Lynx overcome struggles to stop Dallas, move to 7-0

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.
Ho hum: Just another perfect start for the Lynx

Ho hum: Just another perfect start for the Lynx

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.
Lynx's Reeve, former boss Laimbeer mirror each other's intensity

Lynx's Reeve, former boss Laimbeer mirror each other's intensity

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.
With depth it has, this Lynx team could be best ever

With depth it has, this Lynx team could be best ever

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.
Newton, Babcock among the first to go under new Wolves regime

Newton, Babcock among the first to go under new Wolves regime

The Timberwolves announced nine staff moves Friday, including showing Milt Newton and Rob Babcock the door out of Target Center.
Montgomery turning into defensive stopper for Lynx

Montgomery turning into defensive stopper for Lynx

Renee Montgomery knows improved defense means more minutes as the Lynx season goes on.
Wolves will have options with No. 5 pick in draft

Wolves will have options with No. 5 pick in draft

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.
Wolves' hard-working rookie honoree now hoping for lottery luck

Wolves' hard-working rookie honoree now hoping for lottery luck

Karl-Anthony Towns will represent the Wolves at Tuesday's draft lottery.
NBA draft prospect Henry Ellenson a family-forged forward

NBA draft prospect Henry Ellenson a family-forged forward

The Marquette big man can thank his siblings for forcing him to learn small-man skills.
WNBA season story lines

WNBA season story lines

Five things to watch as the WNBA begins its 20th season.
Lynx season story lines

Lynx season story lines

Three things to watch as the Lynx begin their quest for a fourth WNBA title.
Healthy, excited Augustus happy to rejoin Lynx

Healthy, excited Augustus happy to rejoin Lynx

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.
Lynx lose game but gain boost with McCarville's return

Lynx lose game but gain boost with McCarville's return

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.
Fowles hopes to benefit from a full season with Lynx

Fowles hopes to benefit from a full season with Lynx

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
At age 34, new Lynx player bringing good game and great maturity

At age 34, new Lynx player bringing good game and great maturity

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.
After year away, McCarville appears set to return to Lynx

After year away, McCarville appears set to return to Lynx

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.
Gophers defensive players Murray, Campbell drafted in fourth round

Gophers defensive players Murray, Campbell drafted in fourth round

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.

Four Lynx provide U.S. team with an edge, coach Geno Auriemma says

Head coach Geno Auriemma said four Lynx players on the team are "incredibly unselfish."
New Wolves GM Layden learned from masters, including his Dad

New Wolves GM Layden learned from masters, including his Dad

Scott Layden, son of Utah exec Frank Layden, gathered hoops wisdom at several NBA stops.
For Lynx and new players, season begins with introductions

For Lynx and new players, season begins with introductions

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.
Lynx savor the memory of Prince's special invitation

Lynx savor the memory of Prince's special invitation

Lynx players begin training camp with their take on Prince's death.
Wild's new goal: a return trip to Dallas

Wild's new goal: a return trip to Dallas

Torchetti says the team needs to keep improving.
Schroeder makes immediate impact for Wild

Schroeder makes immediate impact for Wild

Playing in his first game of the series, Jordan Schroeder supplied a goal and plenty of speed.
Defending WNBA champion Lynx open training camp with concerns

Defending WNBA champion Lynx open training camp with concerns

The team has to essentially rebuild its bench and establish new rotations. "We're sort of reinventing ourselves," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Haula's line doing job on defense plus scoring for Wild

Haula's line doing job on defense plus scoring for Wild

With the series going back to Dallas and the Stars up three games to one, the Wild needs its checking line more than ever.
Two games, one goal: Wild needs to end scoring slump

Two games, one goal: Wild needs to end scoring slump

For all the schemes and plans, after all the film review and adjustments, figuring out how to beat the Dallas Stars comes down to this: Scoring goals.
Banham selected No. 4 overall by Connecticut in WNBA draft

Banham selected No. 4 overall by Connecticut in WNBA draft

Just like Lindsay Whalen before her, the Gophers' Rachel Banham is headed to play for the Sun as the No. 4 overall pick.
Lynx have several needs to fill in Thursday's WNBA draft

Lynx have several needs to fill in Thursday's WNBA draft

The defending champs lost two key reserves.
Wolves finish season with a record 144 points in rout of New Orleans

Wolves finish season with a record 144 points in rout of New Orleans

In what likely was interim coach Sam Mitchell's final game, the team romped to its biggest victory margin of the season.
Players thank Mitchell with record-setting win over New Orleans

Players thank Mitchell with record-setting win over New Orleans

The Wolves closed the season by scoring a team-record 144 points and a 35 point margin of victory, then said goodbye to their interim coach.
Wild's Haula: Speedy and needed for a playoff run

Wild's Haula: Speedy and needed for a playoff run

Erik Haula set career highs in games played (76), goals (14), assists (20) and points (34) this season. His plus-21 rating tied for second-best in franchise history.
Wiggins, Towns among Wolves expressing support for Mitchell

Wiggins, Towns among Wolves expressing support for Mitchell

Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins didn't hesitate, saying he "definitely" would like interim coach Sam Mitchell back with the team next season.
After successful road trip, Wolves return home with an ugly thud

After successful road trip, Wolves return home with an ugly thud

Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was in the locker room for a long, long time after Monday's 24-point loss to Houston. He wasn't happy at all.
Timberwolves notes: Bjelica is making the most of healthy finish

Timberwolves notes: Bjelica is making the most of healthy finish

Nemanja Bjelica is healthy again, he's getting significant minutes again. And, frankly, the game is fun for him again.
Wild's Stoll knows what it takes for a No. 8 seed to pull off an upset

Wild's Stoll knows what it takes for a No. 8 seed to pull off an upset

Veteran Wild center Jarret Stoll was part of two teams that pulled off the feat.
Torchetti to play Wild regulars Saturday if healthy

Torchetti to play Wild regulars Saturday if healthy

Interim Wild coach John Torchetti gave players Wednesday off, and Thursday's skate at Ridder Arena was optional. Most will play Saturday vs. Calgary.
With playoffs at stake, Wild needs to rediscover what works

With playoffs at stake, Wild needs to rediscover what works

A three-game skid with a playoff spot not secure has interim coach John Torchetti stressing the basics.
Sam Mitchell (and Las Vegas) right on Wolves' wins

Sam Mitchell (and Las Vegas) right on Wolves' wins

Interim coach Sam Mitchell cited the development of Zach LaVine, rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to state his case for a relatively successful season.

Mitchell (and Vegas) right on Wolves wins

In a season that was all, again, about development, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was asked before Sunday's matinee with Dallas at Target Center whether…
Detroit hands Wild its second loss in 2 nights

Detroit hands Wild its second loss in 2 nights

It was all uphill as Detroit, also in a playoff fight, kept the lead by exploiting breakdowns in the defense.
Wild notes: Injured Spurgeon unable to play Friday

Wild notes: Injured Spurgeon unable to play Friday

Wild coach John Torchetti said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who has a lower-body injury, is day to day.
Stoll's play hitting stride for Wild as playoffs approach

Stoll's play hitting stride for Wild as playoffs approach

In the locker room, on the bench, on the ice. Stoll is a seasoned veteran who has elevated his play during the Wild's recent hot streak.
Chicago's Keith faces suspension for stickwork on Wild's Coyle

Chicago's Keith faces suspension for stickwork on Wild's Coyle

Duncan Keith has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL's department of player safety. That means a suspension that could extend into the playoffs.
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