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.

And so it begins for the Wolves

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves players Updated: December 9, 2011 - 2:57 PM

The Timberwolves are having their media day this afternoon before practice, and it's a parade of players to the podium here at Target Center.

Among the highlights:

Coach Rick Adelman said cleaning up the team starts at the defensive end, where it was "horrendous" last season.

Kevin Love said he was impressed with new teammate Ricky Rubio ... "he can pass the poop out of the ball" except he didn't say poop.

When Rubio got to the locker room, he texted a picture of his jersey to his friends back in Spain. He also said it was good for him to hang around with his European teammates, Darko Milicic and Niko Pekovic in case "some big American guy" comes along. He was also amazed at the catching ability of his teammates during their informal scrimmage on Thursday.

Michael Bealey said he would "love" to sign a contract extension with the Wolves, but said he isn't thinking or talking about it any more. He also said "I'm not here to talk about past issues" when asked about summer trouble, and when asked what he had to say to the fans: "Hi, fans."

And a newsy note: Martell Webster is out indefinitely. He had microdiscectomy surgery on Sept. 28.

 

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