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 face former mates Beasley, Johnson tonight in Phoenix

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:28 PM

The Timberwolves have moved on, to an injury-filled season that once again won't turn out like they hoped it would.

Former Wolves Michael Beasley and Wes Johnson have moved on as well, to seasons here in Phoenix that also have not turned out like they hoped.

Each played just three minutes in Sunday's home loss to San Antonio.

"Building up to it," Beasley said about trying to establish his NBA career now with his third team in his fifth NBA season. "I feel like it's kind of starting over for me, trying to build up to what I believe in my heart I can do. But like I said, it's going to be baby steps. I still got a lot of learning to do."

He signed a three-year, $18 million free-agent deal with the Suns last summer, but the same problems he had in Minnesota have followed him here: Short attention span, little attention to defense and, as in Minnesota in June 2011, was cited for violations in a late-traffic stop for speeding in Scottsdale last month.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired registration, driving with excessive speed and failure to display a license plate on the back of his vehicle.

I asked him after shootaround this morning if he missed Minnesota.

"Minnesota is a great city," he said. "I do miss the city. It's a nice organization. Do I miss it? Probably not. I try to make my own way, put my past behind me. But I do miss some people there."

He sold off a bunch of his stuff at an estate sale at his rented Orono home last summer before moving to Phoenix, and it made news for some of the odd stuff on sale.

He said a good bit of it was brought in by the company that ran the sale.

"A lot of that stuff wasn't mine, like purses and earrings and stuff," he said. "That kind of messed up my street cred. I'm a gangster on the street. That kind of altered it. I moved out and I had some stuff that wouldn't fit in my house here so we just sold it. A lot of the furniture was mine. The dresses and purses? Not mine."

Some other stuff from today and about tonight's game:

* Brandon Roy and Kevin Love both made the three-game trip with the team.

Before you read too much into Roy's presence, what with the trip ending up Saturday night in Portland...

There's no sign he's been practicing, no sign any return is anywhere near in sight...and there's no indication whether he will appear with the team on the bench during Saturday's game at the Rose Garden, where he hasn't played since spring 2011.

* Wolves coach Rick Adelman flew in on game day a couple times in the last month so he could spend an extra day with his wife Mary Kay. This time, he brought her along on the trip. The pair strolled the streets of downtown Phoenix together this afternoon after the team's morning shootaround.

* Derrick Williams took teammates J.J. Barea, Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio to Tucson Monday evening after the team landed in Phoenix and all four made an appearance at the new sneaker/apparel shop he opened there.

"Around the block," he said about the crowd the appearances drew.



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(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
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Troy 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
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Virginia Tech
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(11) Michigan State
Iowa 11:00 AM
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(19) Wisconsin
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Tulane 11:30 AM
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Marshall 1:00 PM
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Rutgers 2:30 PM
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Utah 2:30 PM
Florida 2:30 PM
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Fla Atlantic 3:00 PM
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Texas State 3:00 PM
Massachusetts 3:00 PM
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Southern Miss
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Ohio U
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(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
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Ga Southern
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Old Dominion
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New Mexico
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NC State
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(22) Clemson
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Real Salt Lake 5
Toronto 40 FINAL
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