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.

Kirilenko receives European Player of the Year award

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves practice news, Wolves news Updated: February 5, 2013 - 4:56 PM

He might not play Wednesday night against San Antonio, but Wolves starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko will receive an award for being soncisdering the best European player in the world before the game.

Kirilenko didn't participate in today's very short practice at Target Center and is considered questionable for Wednesday's game because of that quad strain he sustained in Monday's loss to Portland.

Given the nature of those things, it's probably more likely he doesn't play than not.

Either way, he'll get the Euroscar European Player of the Year award before the game on a night when NBA commissioner David Stern will be in attendance.

The award goes to European player considered the best in the world that year, judged on his both sports club and national team accomplishments and performances. The Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport gives out the award.

A committee of coaches, players and sportswriter from 14 countries chooses the winner.

Kirilenko, after a successful year with CSKA Moscow, the bronze-medalist Russian Olympic team and now the Wolves, joins 6-time winner Dirk Nowitzki, 3-time winner Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Peja Stojakovic on the list of award winners.




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