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Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda joins Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of an NBA season into a series of short sprints. The Wolves are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.

EPISODE 38
March 26
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) looked to take a shot in the first half. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com The Minnes

Listen: Stay or go -- which Wolves will still be here next year?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand run down the Wolves roster to figure out how things might look different next season. Bonus: Wolves players as Mariah Carey songs and your Andrew Wiggins questions.
EPISODE 37
March 8
Wolves forward Robert Covington hasn’t played since Jan. 2 because of his right knee bone bruise.

Listen: It's too late, Timberwolves. Now, it's too late

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the end before the end, with the Wolves falling into a virtually hopeless playoff position. What's left to evaluate this year? How has KAT kept ascending? Will we ever see RoCo again?
EPISODE 36
February 12
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dario Saric (36) reacts to a referee's call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies

Listen: Without trades, Wolves left to improve from within

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' recent 0-3 road trip, their lack of activity at the trade deadline, Dario Saric's recent insertion into the starting lineup, the return to health of several point guards at once and the persistent question of how to get more from Andrew Wiggins.
EPISODE 35
January 28
Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders likes the current makeup of the team, but will it stay intact after the Feb. 7 trade deadline?

Listen: Can the Wolves make trades and still evaluate Saunders?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand evaluate Ryan Saunders' first 10 games as interim head coach.
EPISODE 34
January 9
Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders gestures in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Okla

Listen: The end of Thibodeau, the beginning of Saunders and what it means

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect Sunday's firing of head coach and president Tom Thibodeau plus the promotion and Tuesday debut of interim coach Ryan Saunders. What does Saunders need to do to keep the job full-time? And which players stand to benefit the most from the change?
EPISODE 33
December 18, 2018
Josh Okogie looks back at his Timberwolves teammate Robert Covington after receiving a mini-Gatorade shower from him while he was being interviewed by

Listen: For the up-and-down Wolves, when will it be too late?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the 0-4 road trip, the 180-degree return to Target Center against Sacramento, the Josh Okogie phenomenon, Andrew Wiggins' season ... and the catalog of singer-songwriter Carole King.
EPISODE 32
December 6, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) high-fived a fan after scoring a 3-pointer against the Charlotte Hornets in the fourth quarter.

Listen: Welcome to the Wolves party, Andrew Wiggins

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' 9-3 record since the Jimmy Butler trade, which included a 26-point game from Andrew Wiggins in their most recent win. Is it OK to get excited yet if you're a Wolves fan? Sure, but the schedule gets tougher with 10 of the next 13 on the road.
EPISODE 31
November 29, 2018
Robert Covington reacted after making a three-point shot in the second quarter.

Listen: As sample size gets bigger, are Covington and Wolves for real?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the Timberwolves' defense, which has been the best in the NBA since Robert Covington and Dario Saric arrived. Is this sustainable? And how much credit should Tom Thibodeau get for all this?
EPISODE 30
November 20, 2018
Listen: Hallelujah! The post-Butler Wolves are watchable again

Listen: Hallelujah! The post-Butler Wolves are watchable again

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the new-look Timberwolves, who are in the top-5 in the NBA in defensive rating since trading Jimmy Butler. Can they keep it up, and how will the suddenly deep rotation shake itself out?
EPISODE 29
November 13, 2018
Robert Covington cracked a smile while talking about a coat he was given as a gift by Karl Anthony-Towns upon his arrival earlier this week.

Listen: In the post-Butler era, how will the Timberwolves fare?

Michael Rand and Chris Hine look at the factors that led the Wolves to finally trade Jimmy Butler, ending more than seven weeks of drama.
EPISODE 28
October 30, 2018
Listen: Will Houston offer lead to a Jimmy Butler trade soon?

Listen: Will Houston offer lead to a Jimmy Butler trade soon?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss Houston's reported offer of four first-round picks for Jimmy Butler, while also wondering if Miami will get back into the mix on a possible deal.
EPISODE 27
October 16, 2018
Jimmy Butler

Listen: Jimmy Butler drama casts shadow over Wolves season

On the latest Timberwolves Talk podcast, Chris Hine and Michael Rand attempt to preview the Wolves season -- only to find that the way the preseason has played out makes that virtually impossible.
EPISODE 26
September 26, 2018
After recently demanding that the Wolves trade him, All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is a bigger celebrity right now than he’s ever been.

Listen: Everything you need to know about the Jimmy Butler situation

On the first Timberwolves Talk podcast episode since Chris Hine took over the beat and Michael Rand took over as Wolves editor, the focus was pretty simple: Breaking down from all angles the Jimmy Butler trade saga.
EPISODE 25
July 26, 2018
Listen: Royce White on mental health and being 'blackballed from the NBA'

Listen: Royce White on mental health and being 'blackballed from the NBA'

Former Minnesota high school basketball standout and 2012 NBA first-round pick Royce White joins Michael Rand for a discussion about mental health in society, mental health in sports and how he believes he has been blackballed from the NBA as a result of his advocacy.
EPISODE 24
June 28, 2018
Listen: After the draft, what do the Timberwolves do in free agency?

Listen: After the draft, what do the Timberwolves do in free agency?

Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand assess the Timberwolves' offseason after last week's draft and heading into the start of free agency.
EPISODE 23
June 19, 2018
Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) drives against South Dakota State guard Reed Tellinghuisen (23) during the first half of a first-round game i

Listen: Here's the Wolves' draft and free agency blueprint for success

Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand preview Thursday's NBA Draft, in which the Timberwolves have the No. 20 pick, and debate what to do with the selection. They also delve into Andrew Wiggins trade speculation and potential free agent moves when the new league year begins July 1.
EPISODE 22
April 27, 2018
Andrew Wiggins

Listen: After season of improvement for Wolves, an offseason of questions

On the latest episode, Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand wrap up the Wolves' 47-win season and five-game playoff loss to Houston, weigh in on Jerry's interview with owner Glen Taylor and mull over what sort of offseason moves -- including a potential Andrew Wiggins trade -- might be on the horizon.
EPISODE 22
April 12, 2018
Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and teammates walked off the court during a timeout in overtime.

Listen: It's the first playoff edition of Timberwolves Talk podcast

Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand break down the Timberwolves' big victory over Denver that earned the franchise its first trip to the playoffs since 2003-04.
EPISODE 18
March 16, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) scored over Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the first half at Target Center Sunda

Listen: On the Timberwolves, the crowded West and Wiggins' role

Intro: The Timberwolves won a pair of important games against Golden State and Washington, but two more big ones loom against San Antonio and Houston; 10:00: Tiebreakers and schedule are in the Wolves' favor; 15:00: Is Andrew Wiggins OK with his role in the offense? 20:00: The Derrick Rose experiment is off to a slow start.
EPISODE 17
March 8, 2018
Listen: Why did the Timberwolves sign Derrick Rose?

Listen: Why did the Timberwolves sign Derrick Rose?

Intro: The Timberwolves signed Derrick Rose on Thursday. How does the point guard fit into a team that seemingly has greater needs and is embarking on a tough stretch of games? 17:00: What is the timetable for Jimmy Butler's return? 23:00: Recapping the wild night, including Jeff Teague's hip check of Ricky Rubio, against Utah.
EPISODE 16
February 23, 2018
Tom Thibodeau

Listen: Post-break stretch could define Timberwolves' season

Intro: The Wolves have a tough stretch of games, starting Friday at Houston. 8:00: Jimmy Butler sat out the All-Star Game. What was up with that? 13:00: Will the Wolves make any moves before next week's postseason roster deadline? 20:00: Can Andrew Wiggins make strides in the final 21 games?
EPISODE 15
February 8, 2018
Listen: After quiet trade deadline, what should Timberwolves do?

Listen: After quiet trade deadline, what should Timberwolves do?

Intro: The Cavaliers broke the Wolves' hearts, then they broke up their roster. 5:00: Jerry Zgoda is the one person aside from Tom Thibodeau who is open to the idea of Derrick Rose on the Wolves; 10:00: Some other buyout candidates to join the Wolves; 16:00: Jimmy Butler's return to Chicago, with the Wolves facing a bunch of former teammates; 22:00: What is the overall outlook heading toward the All-Star break?
EPISODE 14
January 19, 2018
Orlando Magic's Arron Afflalo, left, gets into a fight with Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica, center, as D.J. Augustin, right, comes in to help

Listen: Can the Timberwolves keep a losing slide from becoming a streak?

Intro: Two ugly losses after a huge home stand have put the Timberwolves in a vulnerable position. ... 10:00: The Wolves aren't built well to compete against Houston. Can they beef up their roster? 19:00: Four tough games in a row will test Minnesota's resolve. 24:00: Will Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler be All-Stars?
EPISODE 13
January 9, 2018
Tyus Jones (1) dunked the ball while being chased by LeBron James (23) in the first half.

Listen: Tyus dunking on LeBron part of signature victory for Wolves

Intro: The Wolves blasted the Cavs. How did they do it? 10:00: Should Minnesota set its sights higher than just the No. 4 seed? 15:00: Jeff Teague should be back soon. How should the Wolves adjust accordingly? 23:00: Trading deadline is a month away. Is there anything the Wolves could do to become big-time contenders?
EPISODE 12
January 4, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves' Tyus Jones drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 2

Listen: As Timberwolves enter critical stretch, how will they respond?

Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins hops in to talk about the Wolves' recent improved play. 15:00: Tyus or Teague? This is an interesting month for that debate. 22:00: Minnesota is entering a critical stretch of games.