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.

Showtime: Wolves open preseason vs. Bucks

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves training camp, Wolves news Updated: December 17, 2011 - 6:26 PM

Man, was I wrong on those Timberwolves starters for tonight that I tossed out on last night's blog posting.


At least for tonight I was.

Rick Adelman is going retro, starting with five guys that largely comprised last season's starting unit: Luke Ridnour, Wes Johnson, Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic and Kevin Love.

Adelman said he'd "start the group that started last year and go from there."

He also said he'll probably change the starting lineup for Wednesday's second and final preseason game, a rematch at Milwaukee.

Expect Adelman to experiment plenty tonight.

He said Ricky Rubio will play at least half of each of these two preseason games and he's probably going to play two of his three point guards together plenty just to see what he's got and if the Wolves indeed can go that way into the regular season.

The big thing to watch tonight: Who he finishes the game with the score is close.

Adelman said he hopes to settle upon a 9-man rotation as the season progresses, although he said it could grow to 10 men because of the team's roster and the grueling, shortened season.

"This is a young team, you're going to have give people chances," he said.




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