Hanneman takes new TV role; Love honored on all-NBA second team

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 25, 2012 - 7:52 AM

Tom Hanneman, who has 39 years experience in the market, fills the role vacated when Anthony LaPanta was named the TV voice of the Wild.


Wolves forward Kevin Love (bottom) was named to the all-NBA second team Thursday.

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On the day when Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was named to the All-NBA second team, Fox Sports North announced that somebody new would be calling Love's games on TV starting next season.

Tom Hanneman, who has been involved in Wolves broadcasts in some role since the team was founded -- including the past nine doing TV play-by-play -- will leave that role to become Fox Sports North's main studio host for Timberwolves, Wild, Twins and Gophers hockey broadcasts.

"It's difficult to make a move like this because, in a sense, you're leaving your family," said Hanneman, who was with the Wolves for 23 years. "But this was an opportunity that wasn't going to be there for a long time."

Hanneman, who has 39 years experience in the market, fills the role vacated when Anthony LaPanta was named the TV voice of the Wild.

"Tom has a way of connecting with this market like few others," said Mike Dimond, FSN's senior vice president and general manager.

Hanneman, who has won five regional Emmy awards, spent 16 years as a producer, reporter and anchor at WCCO-TV before joining the Timberwolves.

FSN now has two positions to fill. Dimond said a national search has already begun to replace Hanneman, a collaborative process between FSN and the Timberwolves. The job of calling Gophers hockey games on FSN also is open. Dimond said he would like to have both positions filled by Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, Love had another honor come his way when a group of 120 reporters and broadcasters from the U.S. and Canada voted him onto the All-NBA second team. Players got five points for a first-team vote, three points for a second-team vote and one for a third-team vote.

Love received 16 first-team votes and finished with 365 points, third among forwards and the seventh-most overall.

Love averaged 26 points per game, a career high, a franchise record and the fourth-highest in the NBA. His 13.3 rebounding average was second-best in the league.

The first team included forwards LeBron James (Miami) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), center Dwight Howard (Orlando) and guards Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) and Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers). Love was joined on the second team by forward Blake Griffin (Clippers), center Andrew Bynum (Lakers) and guards Tony Parker (San Antonio) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

The third team consisted of forwards Carmelo Anthony (New York) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), center Tyson Chandler (New York) and guards Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Rajon Rondo (Boston).

Love becomes the third Wolves player to receive All-NBA honors. Kevin Garnett won first-team honors three times while in Minnesota, second-team three times and third-team twice. Sam Cassell was named to the second team after the 2003-04 season.


• The Wolves will be one of a record 24 teams that will take part in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which runs July 13-22.

• The Wolves will host workouts for potential draft picks on Thursday and Friday of next week. Representatives of other NBA teams will attend the workouts, which should draw more than 20 prospects.


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