Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

KG back at Target Center

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: November 22, 2013 - 12:44 PM

Kevin Garnett was back at Target Center this morning, and once again drawing a crowd.

He was one of the relatively few healthy Brooklyn Nets who were at the team’s shootaround this morning. (The Nets, by the way, will be without guard Deron Williams (ankle), forward Andrei Kirilenko (back), center Brook Lopez (ankle) and guard Jason Terry (knee) for tonight’s game with the Wolves).

The Nets are struggling to find a rhythm, with so many new faces and so many injuries making it difficult for them to get to know each other. The Nets are 3-8, 1-6 on the road and have lost three straight overall heading into this game. The Wolves, meanwhile, have lost two straight.

But back to Garnett, who, along with Paul Pierce and Terry, were traded from Boston to Brooklyn during the off-season.   

“It’s always good to come back to Minnesota,” Garnett said, surrounded by both New York and Twin Cities media members. “The Twin Cities have always been like a second or third home. Always enjoyed the fans here.”

Garnett had nice things to say about the Wolves, calling Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love one of the best 1-2 punches in the league. He called the Wolves “electrifying.’’

“They play with a real fast pace,” Garnett said. “Kevin Love is in an unbelievable groove…. They’re playing with a lot of confidence. And trying to slow any of these guys down is going to be a task for all of us tonight.’’

But Garnett deflected any questions about where he is at in his career. When asked if he has contemplated retirement after this season, he said, “Next question.” A question about whether he could see a scenario in which he finished his career in a Wolves uniform got the same response.

Indeed, Garnett said, he is not thinking much about the past or the future. He’s worried about the present. Namely, trying to get the Nets back on track. “You deal with reality,” he said. “You deal with the current (situation). I don’t think outside of whatever I’m doing at the time. And the focus needs to be (there). ‘’

Garnett said he’s maintained a relationship with Flip Saunders, his coach when he was here and currently Minnesota’s president of basketball operations.

Here’s one final Garnett quote: “There is a lot of emotions that come with this building,” he said. “A lot of emotions that come with some of the stuff that’s in here. But, obviously, different time, different personnel, different times.”

In other items:

--Kirilenko met with Alexey Shved Thursday night. The two players, both from Russia, were very close last season, and Kirilenko said he’s been trying to help Shved through his struggles early this season. The two talk once or twice a week. “He’s in a tough position now, game-wise,” Kirilenko said. “But for young guys he has to use every opportunity. If you play five minutes, go hard. If you play 10 minutes, go hard. Play one minute, go hard. And if you aren’t playing, cheer for your teammates. Be positive and wait for a chance.”

--Kirilenko said he’s happy with the Nets, but admits that he sometimes wishes things had gone differently in the summer. Kirilenko opted out of the second year of his deal with the Wolves – one that would have paid him a little over $10 million – to become a free agent after last season. He rejected a multi-year offer from the Wolves at a lesser salary. Ultimately he ended up signing a two-year deal with the Nets that will pay him $3.2 million this year.

--Kevin Love got two stingers in his right arm during Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers, but said this morning that the arm is fine. “It didn’t affect my shooting,” he said of Wednesday’s game. “It was just an off night. But I feel good today.’’

It will be interesting to see the two Kevins tonight. They last faced each other in Target Center two years ago at the end of March, 2012. Love had played amazingly well in the month and there was talk about whether he might ultimately turn out to be the best forward named Kevin to play for the Wolves. Garnett got the better of things that night, scoring 24 points on 12-for-18 shooting with 10 rebounds in Boston’s 100-79 victory. Love scored 22 with 11 rebounds but shot 5-for-18 that night.

It’s my guess that Love will fare better tonight.

That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you just before the game. 


Minnesota 17 4th Qtr
Miami 14
Baltimore 7 3rd Qtr 11:00
Houston 16
Detroit 10 4th Qtr 13:26
Chicago 14
Cleveland 6 4th Qtr 14:48
Carolina 10
Atlanta 20 4th Qtr 15:00
New Orleans 7
Green Bay 13 4th Qtr 8:30
Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 6 4th Qtr 14:54
Pittsburgh 17
New England 17 4th Qtr 13:39
NY Jets 13
NY Giants 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 3:25 PM
Seattle 7:30 PM
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
New York 2:30 PM
Memphis 3:30 PM
Boston 5:00 PM
Detroit 5:00 PM
LA Lakers 5:00 PM
Philadelphia 5:00 PM
Phoenix 5:00 PM
Indiana 6:00 PM
New Orleans 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Colorado 5:00 PM
Dallas 5:00 PM
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Carolina 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Toronto 6:00 PM
Philadelphia 8:00 PM
Harvard 27 FINAL
Virginia 76
Maine 67 1st OT 0:17
Army 69
Ferris State 82 FINAL
Bowling Green 68
San Francisco 65 FINAL
Cleveland State 69
Oregon State 52 FINAL
Quinnipiac 60
Coastal Carolina 72 FINAL
Central Arkansas 55
Holy Cross 31 2nd Half 13:08
Canisius 33
Southern Miss 35 2nd Half 11:04
Georgia State 49
Western Carolina 37 2nd Half 14:17
UNC-Asheville 47
Creighton 26 2nd Half 14:09
North Texas 51
Maryland 49 2nd Half 13:18
Oklahoma State 35
Cornell 40 2nd Half 15:12
Radford 50
Vermont 36 2nd Half 11:07
Saint Louis 38
Loyola-Maryland 37 2nd Half 12:41
Stony Brook 42
Reinhardt 40 2nd Half 15:51
Winthrop 55
Ark-Little Rock 36 2nd Half 10:07
Green Bay 51
TX-Pan American 42 2nd Half 14:11
Nebraska Omaha 53
Alabama State 55 2nd Half 16:27
Evansville 47
FIU 31 2nd Half
Hartford 42
Goshen 25 2nd Half
Valparaiso 38
Bryant 2 1st Half 13:04
Denver 4
Austin Peay 4 1st Half 12:08
Lipscomb 14
Tennessee St 0 1st Half 16:00
Middle Tennessee 11
South Dakota 14 1st Half 14:35
Montana 10
ULM 2:25 PM
Coker 2:30 PM
South Carolina
USC 3:00 PM
Boston College
Northern Ariz 3:00 PM
SD Christian 3:00 PM
San Diego
UC Irvine 3:30 PM
Troy 3:30 PM
Seton Hall 5:00 PM
Appalachian St 5:30 PM
North Dakota St 6:00 PM
Kent State
San Jose St 6:00 PM
Washington St
Alcorn State 8:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Sacramento St 9:00 PM
Nevada 3 FINAL
Louisiana 16
Utah State 21 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 6
(23) Utah 45 FINAL
Colorado State 10
Western Mich 24 FINAL
Air Force 38
South Alabama 28 FINAL
Bowling Green 33
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 3:00 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Cal-Irvine 55 FINAL
Denver 63
St Marys-CA 52 FINAL
George Washington 70
TX-San Antonio 49 FINAL
Nicholls 57
Portland State 71 FINAL
Columbia 66
Tenn Tech 62 FINAL
Morgan State 56
Auburn 56
Quinnipiac 70 FINAL
Hartford 58
Hofstra 75 FINAL
Boston College 61
Eastern Washington 55 FINAL
Georgia Southern 42
Liberty 44 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 84
Fairleigh Dickinson 74 FINAL
Brown 79
Buffalo 73 FINAL
Long Island 79
Bucknell 74 FINAL
Mount St Marys 49
Stony Brook 70 FINAL
Wagner 76
Wofford 75
Duquesne 56 FINAL
Providence 67
Maine 54 FINAL
William & Mary 51
Alabama State 43 FINAL
Samford 56
TX-Pan American 43 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 64
South Dakota St 64 FINAL
Marist 82
Saint Josephs 50 FINAL
(5) Notre Dame 64
Radford 60 FINAL
Virginia Tech 73
(3) Texas 55 2nd Half 6:58
(4) Texas A&M 59
Rhode Island 60 2nd Half 0:10
Bryant 56
South Florida 37 2nd Half
Penn State 34
Sam Houston St 30 2nd Half 14:08
TCU 53
Evansville 29 2nd Half 15:26
(14) Maryland 74 2nd Half 14:17
Coppin State 74
Mercer 41 2nd Half 11:13
Coll of Charleston 54
NC A&T 21 2nd Half 17:45
Chattanooga 36
Princeton 64 2nd Half 12:19
Monmouth 36
Eastern Illinois 56 2nd Half 9:39
Lehigh 57
Rider 47 2nd Half 12:59
Binghamton 39
SC State 30 2nd Half 12:20
Clemson 40
Fairfield 41 2nd Half 13:12
Iowa State 48
Richmond 61 2nd Half 7:34
Eastern Kentucky 40
Cleveland State 52 2nd Half 10:56
Morehead St 52
Kent State 45 2nd Half 13:03
Colgate 35
South Alabama 27 2nd Half 8:13
UAB 62
Saint Peters 26 2nd Half 11:49
Navy 52
Youngstown St 35 2nd Half 10:18
Pittsburgh 51
NJIT 30 2nd Half 14:36
Lafayette 43
Davidson 15 2nd Half 16:04
Charlotte 47
Indiana State 26 1st Half 2:57
St Johns 22
Southern U 16 1st Half 1:22
Florida 38
Wright State 16 2nd Half
Purdue 31
Elon 2:00 PM
(6) North Carolina
Ill-Springfield 2:00 PM
SE Missouri St
(19) Oklahoma St 9 1st Half 11:59
USC 13
Houston 10 1st Half 9:54
Texas Tech 10
Ark-Little Rock 10 1st Half 12:55
Tulsa 8
Dayton 5 1st Half 15:07
Vanderbilt 10
Northern Ariz 9 1st Half 13:20
New Mexico 6
UNC-Asheville 8 1st Half 15:28
USC Upstate 4
North Dakota 8 1st Half 13:37
South Dakota 15
Western Ill 11 1st Half 14:02
Marquette 8
Ball State 7 1st Half 12:42
Western Ky 19
(8) Kentucky 8 1st Half 12:16
(13) Duke 17
New Orleans 41 1st Half 12:17
Alabama 52
Chicago State 6 1st Half 14:36
Milwaukee 11
Bowling Green 7 1st Half 16:07
Bradley 2
Northern Ill 4 1st Half 15:38
Northern Iowa 7
(23) Iowa 13 1st Half 13:52
Drake 14
Central Michigan 2:30 PM
Western Carolina 2:30 PM
North Florida
Wyoming 3:00 PM
Portland 3:00 PM
Boise State
Cal Poly 3:00 PM
Colorado State
No Dakota State 3:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Albany 3:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Oklahoma 3:00 PM
Idaho State 3:00 PM
(18) Michigan State 3:00 PM
(19) Syracuse
Northwestern 3:30 PM
Arizona State
TX-Arlington 3:30 PM
North Texas
Fresno State 4:00 PM
St Francis-PA 4:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
UNLV 4:00 PM
UCLA 4:00 PM
(2) Connecticut
(10) Louisville 4:00 PM
(24) California
Howard 5:00 PM
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
(21) Miss State
Illinois-Chicago 8:30 PM
Old Dominion


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