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.

Wolves at Washington: It's a family affair

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves management, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: November 19, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Wolves are about to tip it off here in Washington against the Wizards in a game that starts another five games-in-seven days stretch.

And there's all kind of storylines here on a night when rookie Shabazz Muhammad again is unavailable because of a sprained right ankle:

Flip Saunders came in early for the game, arriving Sunday to check out the condo he still owns here from his Wizards' coaching days and to visit his son Ryan, a Wizards assistant coach.

A.J. Price is back in the arena where he played last season and hoped to return this season but the Wizards showed no such mutual inclination.

Also here is Wolves GM Milt Newton, a Wizards' executive until Flip hired him away last summer.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman is coaching against the team he once coached both as an assistant and as head coach and chatted with old friend Flip earlier today.

And Kevin Love is playing against the first guy who ever coached him in the NBA, an experience that Love didn't feel too fondly about when Wittman coached him starting in 2008.

Asked if he still hears Wittman yelling "No!" at him now when he shoots threes, Love before tonight's game said, "I'm past that now. That was a long time ago."


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