Staff Directory 468845353

Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Chris Hine is the Timberwolves reporter at the Star Tribune.


Chris Hine was the Star Tribune's sports analytics reporter before taking over the Wolves beat, He previously spent eight years covering college sports and the Chicago Blackhawks for the Chicago Tribune. He is an amateur piano player and songwriter in his spare time and has an unhealthy obsession with the music of Carole King. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Recent content from Chris Hine
Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas (left) and Vice President of Performance and Technology Robby Sikka.

Wolves helping players maintain their mental, emotional fitness, too

The Wolves are supporting their players the best they can during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Wolves players not among those in NBA tested for coronavirus

Ten NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 and the league has come under criticism, some wondering how the NBA had such quick access to testing amid shortages across the country.
Minnesota teams step up to aid arena workers affected by lack of games

Minnesota teams step up to aid arena workers affected by lack of games

Professional sports teams in the Twin Cities moved to help assist employees who will be out of work during the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell signed an autograph last month before a game at Target Center before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.

Timberwolves, like other NBA teams, drifting in uncharted waters

The NBA was the first pro league to react strongly to threat of coronavirus.
Minnesota Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson.

Wolves return home, pondering next steps in disrupted NBA season

CEO Ethan Casson said players have not been tested for coronavirus because none of them has displayed symptoms.
Tourists, not fans, stood outside Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Sparks, in Los Angeles on Thursday.

NBA continues to play it safe; no team meetings or workouts until Monday

Players must stick around until Monday but can't hold group workouts together.
Multiple reports said Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

NBA suspends season after player tests positive for COVID-19

The league's announcement, which came around 8:30 p.m., capped a long day of the league discussing what it should do amid the mounting pandemic.
Rockets guard James Harden drives to the basket between Timberwolves guard Jordans McLaughlin (6) and D'Angelo Russell (0)

Russell's 28 not enough for Wolves to overcome Harden, Westbrook

James Harden and Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet and played their best basketball over the final 15 minutes to snap Houston's four-game losing streak while sending the Wolves to their third straight loss.
Rockets forward Robert Covington

Covington returns after 'year of growth' with Wolves

Robert Covington, after being dealt to the Rockets after injuries and setbacks in Minnesota, returned to Target Center for the Wolves' game against Charlotte just before the All-Star break.
Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell is 8-for-32 over the past two games, following a 2-for-14 performance on Friday against Orlando with a 6-for-18 da

Russell's mini-slump is major problem for Wolves

Call it what you want — a slump, a mini-slump, a funk — but D'Angelo Russell hasn't been hitting shots like he's accustomed to over the past two games.
With a knee injury behind him, Zion Williamson is showing the NBA his unstoppable blend of quickness and power.

Here's Zion: Rookie sensation comes to Target Center for first time

New Orleans star rookie Zion Williamson has been an undeniable force after only 18 games. He's averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Orlando's Markelle Fultz drives against the Timberwolves' Jordan McLaughlin in the first half

'Complacent' Wolves have no answer for sharp shooting Orlando

Wherever Orlando was shooting Friday night, the ball was going in while the Wolves defense had one of its worst nights since the trade deadline.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves' Towns will sit out another two weeks with injured wrist

The left wrist fracture that has sidelined Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns since Feb. 10 doesn't need surgery but has yet to completely heal.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley, left, regains control of the ball as he is guarded by Miami guard Andre Iguodala during the second half on Feb. 26

Stepping back helps Beasley step up for Wolves

Malik Beasley, who has learned not to force his play, has averaged 26 points over the past two games, and perhaps it's no coincidence the Wolves have won both
The Timberwolves' Malik Beasley lays up a shot as Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. defends in the first half

Wolves make it two wins in a row for the first time since January

The new-look Wolves took down Chicago, and have now won three of their last five. Against the Bulls, Malik Beasley was once again effective from the outside with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting.
D’Angelo Russell evaded the defensive efforts of the Bulls’ Shaquille Harrison on the way to a 19-point, four-assist night.

Naz Reid draws praise in clash with familiar foe Zion Williamson

NEW ORLEANS – Unlike some of his teammates, Timberwolves center Naz Reid had some experience tangling with Zion Williamson on the AAU circuit before…
Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie dunks on the Pelicans in the first half

Late surge, solid defense boosts Wolves past New Orleans

D'Angelo Russell scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and the Pelicans, fighting for a playoff spot, missed shot after shot against the Wolves' zone defense.
The Mavericks' Seth Curry drove between the Timberwolves' Malik Beasley, left, and Jarrett Culver in the second half at Target Center on Sunday. Dalla

Timberwolves' offense goes missing in rout by Mavs

The Wolves missed 11 of their first 12 shots and didn't improve much after that.
Timberwolves forward James Johnson sometimes gets confused between the terminology his new team uses and what it used to mean from his days with the M

Terminology confusion an obstacle for new Wolves to overcome

The new players are sometimes caught between what a signal means and what it used to mean on that player's former team.
Veteran forward James Johnson has filled a leadership role in his brief time with the Wolves.

James Johnson emerges quickly as a leader for Wolves

Wolves teammates seem to be drawn to James Johnson's leadership. All have spoken highly of what Johnson's efforts to unify the team have meant to them — even in extreme terms.
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz, right, blocks a shot by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie

Orlando dominates the boards, Wolves end road trip with a loss

Orlando outrebounded the Wolves 54-33 and had 20 second-chance points on the night in an 11-point win.
Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Juancho Hernangomez celebrate in the final seconds at Miami

Wolves find time to bond during four-game road trip

Before their game against the Heat on Wednesday, the Wolves took in some time at the beach, played a little football and got some time away from the court as a team.
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell tried to quiet the crowd after scoring during the second half at Miami on Wednesday.

'Tank that!' Rosas says Wolves not losing on purpose, but growing pains expected

"To say we're not focused day in, day out on winning? That's false and inaccurate," Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas said.
The Timberwolves' D'Angelo Russell, bottom right, reacts as the Heat's Jimmy Butler shows frustration after they both went down in the fourth quarter

Butler's blunders, Russell's threes boost Wolves to win over Heat

Jimmy Butler had three straight turnovers in the final minutes, helping to create an jubilant scene in the Wolves locker room after the 129-126 victory in Miami.
Heat forward Jimmy Butler

Saunders says he, Butler had mutual respect

Jimmy Butler's exit didn't leave a lot of good feelings about him around the Wolves organization. But Ryan Saunders did reach out earlier in the season when Butler had his first child a few months after Saunders had his.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after the team's loss to the Nuggets

Saunders wants Wolves to 'be loud' even if it makes them uncomfortable

The new-look Wolves are still adjusting to one another, with communication the biggest glaring issue affecting the team on both ends of the floor.
Timberwolves guard Jacob Evans tried to defend against a shot by Mavericks guard Delon Wright during the second half Monday.

Depleted Timberwolves exploited by rejuvenated Mavericks

The Wolves gave up 139 points and said some glaring communication issues popped up against the top-rated offense in the league.
Point guard Jordan McLaughlin (6) has proven effective in teaching new players the Wolves' offensive style of play.

McLaughlin's G-League experience helpful in teaching new Wolves

Jordan McLaughlin played last season with the Long Island Nets, and the Wolves brought in former Nets assistant Pablo Prigioni to install a similar system to what Brooklyn and its G-League affiliate were running.
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic slipped past Timberwolves center Naz Reid for a shot during the third quarter Sunday.

Undermanned Wolves wear out in final minutes of loss to Denver

The Wolves had only nine available players against the Nuggets and a season-long script played out for their 17th loss in the last 18 games.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after the team's loss to the Denver Nuggets during an NBA bas

For recently arrived Timberwolves, return to Denver is a mixed moment

Juancho Hernangomez is happy to "say bye the way I wanted to say." Malik Beasley is less emotional.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives against Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) in the second quarter

Wolves return from All-Star break with 127-117 home loss to Boston

Even with Kemba Walker out, four Celtics scored at least 25 points lead by Gordon Hayward's 29
The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reacts after being called for a foul in the first half against the Hawks at on Feb. 5 at Target Center

Towns to miss at least two weeks with wrist fracture

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will be re-evaluated in two weeks after undergoing treatment for the wrist injury.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders.

Remade Wolves have plenty to play for down the stretch

Before the NBA trade deadline, the final 29 games of the Wolves season seemed like it would be a dreary slog to the finish line. But change came quickly in advance of the deadline.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (left, encouraging new Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell in a recent game against Charlotte) is still out bec

Towns still sidelined by wrist injury with no timetable for return

Karl-Anthony Towns was wearing a brace on his left wrist and wasn't even using it to catch passes from the Wolves' assistant strength and conditioning coach when the team practiced.
Point guard D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Wolves debut Monday. Now he’ll be taking a crash course on learning Ryan Saunders’ offense.

Wolves' Russell focusing on learning new teammates, new plays

As the point guard of a team with eight new players, D'Angelo Russell needs to initiate the offense — once he understands it.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell shielded the ball from Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the first half Monday night.

Russell scores 22 in debut; Raptors beat Wolves for 15th win in a row

There wasn't much disappointment after a game veteran James Johnson said was like "Day 3 of training camp," in which the Wolves stayed close until the final minutes.
Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie gets a hand in the face of Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the first half Monday.

Okogie one of last Wolves remaining from Thibodeau era

President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas has rid the Wolves roster of every player Tom Thibodeau acquired … except for Josh Okogie.
D'Angelo Russell, left, and Karl-Anthony Towns sat together during the press conference that introduced Russell at City Center.

D'Angelo and KAT's tale goes from video game rivals to NBA teammates

D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns became friends in high school. "He's never just been a friend of mine. He's been a brother of mine. Our families are so intertwined and connected," Towns said.
Jordan McLaughlin (6) dunked during the second half. A fill-in starter for D'Angelo Russell, McLaughlin had 24 points and 11 rebounds.

New Wolves have record-setting night, smashing Clippers to end 13-game losing streak

Even with D'Angelo Russell sitting out, the Wolves scored a team-record 81 points in the first half on its way to a 142-115 victory. "We showed ourselves tonight," Karl-Anthony Towns said.
New Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russel was flooded with fans wanting an autograph

Worth the wait: Rosas says Wolves new look took time to develop

The Wolves introduced new point guard D'Angelo Russell during a noon press conference open to the public at City Center in downtown Minneapolis.
D'Angelo Russell, the newest Timberwolves player, arrived at the Signature wing of MSP airport. He was greeted by Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas

Near-complete turnover: Wolves add Russell for Wiggins, draft picks

This was the moment the Timberwolves had been planning for since Gersson Rosas arrived in May, and they were happy to see their vision realized with the massive makeover of the roster.
Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins never reached potential with Wolves — now he's history

The future never materialized for Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota after the Wolves acquired him in the Kevin Love trade with Cleveland in 2014. His tantalizing talent never equaled paramount production.
The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, Kelan Martin and Karl-Anthony Towns waited to be announced during team introductions a day after five teammates were

Wolves process sudden change and await what happens next

Robert Covington's Timberwolves locker was empty Wednesday, as were the lockers of Jordan Bell, Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and Keita Bates-Diop, all a part of Tuesday's four-team trade.
Robert Covington, acquired in last season's Jimmy Butler trade, is now headed to Houston.

Wolves trade Covington, four others as part of four-team, 12-player deal

The Wolves have traded several players from a roster that was lagging at 15-34. Robert Covington is on his way to Houston; Minnesota picked up two draft picks and players from Denver and Atlanta.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

As complicated NBA trade rumors swirl, Towns won't meddle in Wolves' roster plans

In this NBA era of player empowerment, some stars have taken on the unofficial additional title of general manager. Not Karl-Anthony Towns.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns went to the basket between the Kings' Nemanja Bjelica, left, and Bogdan Bogdanovic during the first quarter Mon

Wolves can't deliver in the end, lose their 12th straight game

The Wolves trailed by as many as 21 points before rallying late in the game as trade rumors continued to swirl around the team.
This season, Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) didn’t make the All-Star Game cut despite averaging 27 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

All-Star snub feeds into frustration for Wolves' Towns

All-Star selectors got it wrong on many counts, Wolves' top scorer says.
Wolves guard Josh Okogie attempted to shoot over Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half Saturday in Los Angeles.

Wolves overmatched by Clippers, as another losing streak reaches 11

"We're trying to stay positive," Robert Covington said. "It's definitely frustrating but we can't let that little bit creep in. We still have to go out and play. It's tough."
Bryan Esparaza and her daughter Amelia, 4, paused in front of a mural put up of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna along Pickford Street in Los Angel

A steady stream of tears and tributes to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant was L.A. to the core, a core deep in mourning.
Sachin Gupta (left) and Daniel Adler

Two friends, one goal: Make the best trades for Wolves, Twins

Friends Sachin Gupta of the Wolves and Daniel Adler of the Twins both know the roster-building grind well.
Jerseys of late Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s No. 2 were draped over the seats the two last sat in.

Lakers engulf Staples Center with tributes before first game since Bryant's death

In an emotional night against Portland, the Lakers came out in warmups wearing No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who won five championships over 20 seasons for the franchise.
During this game on December 30, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders disputed a call against the Brooklyn Nets

Reeling Wolves endure 'healthy' film session in wake of epic loss

Coach Ryan Saunders said the session would go over all the things the Wolves did wrong to facilitate the Kings' historic comeback efforts in the overtime loss.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns says he believes the Wolves’ system works, even after an epic loss, but “we’ve just got to fix it.”

Frustrated Towns sticks to short answers day after stunning loss

The day after the Wolves blew a 27-point second-half lead to the Kings, as well as a nine point lead with 41 seconds left in regulation, Karl-Anthony Towns kept his thoughts short and terse.
The Timberwolves paid tribute to Bryant before the start of Monday night’s game.

Tears, cheers at Target Center as Wolves, Kings and fans honor Kobe

Karl-Anthony Towns wore No. 24 in pregame introductions and Robert Covington wore No. 8. "You couldn't stand him because he was so great, and he won so much," said Wolves president Gersson Rosas.
Items left by at a mural of Kobe Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, in downtown Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2020. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gia

'This can't be real.' Bryant's death unleashes memories

Those who crossed paths with Kobe Bryant, from the former Gophers women's star Rachel Banham to the greatest men ever to play the game, were brought to a stop by the shocking news that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among those killed in a helicopter crash.
In a December 30 game, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders disputed a call against the Brooklyn Nets at Target Center.

Wolves determined to stick with system despite nine-game losing streak

But Andrew Wiggins, for one, says, "I feel like at the start of the year we were such underdogs, and we played with more of a chip on our shoulder. And then we got complacent. ... I feel like we kind of lost our edge."
Oklahoma City forward Darius Bazley drives past Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the first half

Losing streak reaches nine as Wolves fall 113-104 to Oklahoma City

Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points in the first quarter on his way to 37 for the game but the Thunder pulled away in a third quarter that featured plenty of frustration from the Wolves
Karl-Anthony Towns complains about a foul called on him in the first half of a 124-117 loss against the Clippers on Dec. 13

As fouls mount, Wolves' Towns must control emotions

Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns said officials allow a "speaking captain" to confer with them during games and he embraces that role. But "I'm just very passionate, very fiery," he said.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins reacts as he walks with guard Shabazz Napier, left, and center Karl-Anthony Towns after missing a basket during th

Saunders rips into Wiggins, says Wolves 'not a very good basketball team right now'

Coach Ryan Saunders said he lit up Andrew Wiggins after a first half in which he scored three points and had four turnovers.The Wolves lost their seventh straight game despite 40 points from Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reaches up to rebound the ball over Denver's Torrey Craig

Wolves keep being haunted by poor rebounding at critical moments

The Wolves rank in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive rebounding percentage, and that weakness has caught up with them at key times during games.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and point guard Shabazz Napier walked off the court after a 107-100 loss to the Nuggets at Target Center o

Depleted Denver sends Wolves to their sixth straight defeat

The teams have gone in totally opposite directions since the Wolves beat the Nuggets on the final day of the 2017-18 season to earn a playoff berth for the first time in 14 years.
Forward Robert Covington has been a “great example” to the Timberwolves’ young players, coach Ryan Saunders said.

Part of the job: Covington isn't sweating his high trade value

It's not necessarily a bad thing to have a player a lot of teams want, and it's easy to see why teams covet Robert Covington. How is he dealing with the chatter?
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns drives around Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis

A loss for Wolves but 'therapy' for Towns in return to the court

Karl-Anthony Towns was officially back after a left knee sprain and illness caused him to miss 15 consecutive games. He finished with 27 points in his return but the Wolves lost 116-114.
Allen Crabbe was traded from Atlants to the Wolves earlier this week.

Newcomer Crabbe has a friend on Wolves in Napier

Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe were together at two NBA stops.
Jeff Teague (0) played his final game for the Wolves on Wednesday night against Indiana.

Wolves deal Teague, Graham to Hawks; more moves to come?

By acquiring Allen Crabbe, it should give the Wolves, who are third in the NBA in three-point attempts, a better three-point shooter. And it won't be the only move Minnesota attempts to make before the Feb. 6 deadline.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders has been forced to work through a lingering flu bug invading the team's locker room.

Illness settles in for a long ride with the Wolves

Over the past few weeks, Andrew Wiggins, Treveon Graham, Shabazz Napier and Karl-Anthony Towns have missed time because of illness. Others have played through it.
Josh Okogie defended Justin Holiday of the Pacers in the first quarter.

Pacers' late surge sends Wolves to third loss in a row

The Pacers' Domantas Sabonis scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half while Malcolm Brogdon helped carry Indiana to the finish line with 21 points. Karl-Anthony Towns missed his 15th game.
Wolves President Gersson Rosas says patience is needed with his team: “We’re not ready-made or plug-and-play to just win.”

Q&A with Gersson Rosas: Wolves trying to build sustainable success

Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas touched on roster construction, Karl-Anthony Towns' much discussed unhappiness with the franchise and player development in a recent conversation.
Rockets center Isaiah Hartenstein dunked as Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng arrived too late -- indicative of the Wolves' defense Saturday -- during

Wolves' schedule about to take a challenging turn

Saturday's loss was first of eight games in the next nine against teams on a playoffs pace.
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives into Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball ga

'We got our butts kicked,' Saunders says after Wolves 30-point loss

After a close first quarter, Houston ran away with the game as the Wolves began a stretch in which eight of their next nine opponents are in playoff position.
Cleveland's Dante Exum tried to get past the Wolves' Josh Okogie on Sunday.

Chris Hine's three points

Three Wolves story lines worth monitoring and a quick peek at the NBA.
Robert Covington often morphs into a power forward in a wing player’s body to help the Wolves try to hold their own on the defensive boards.

Rebounds, long and short, are sore spot for Wolves

WOLVES INSIDER: Deep caroms on three-pointers are eluding the Wolves at a troubling rate.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins passed off to a teammate around Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside in the second quarter.

Wiggins in rhythm, leads efficient Wolves to victory over Portland

Andrew Wiggins on Thursday had 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go with eight assists in just 26 minutes.
Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver drives against Memphis guard Ja Morant during the first half of a game Tuesday

Wolves' Culver improving, especially on defense

The rookie had 38 points in two games and is adjusting to physical NBA play.
Timberwolves assistant head coach David Vanterpoo chatted with Ryan Saunders.

Wolves' Vanterpool builds NBA players with trust, relationships

Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool created a culture in Portland, investing in fringe players' games and lives as long as they possessed a work ethic.