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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
The NBA is looking at using the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World as a possible venue to complete the season if conditions permit duri

NBA says it is looking into resuming play in Orlando

League would aim for late July start but might leave some teams home.
The Wolves have a longstanding partnership with Mayo Clinic, including a $100,000 donation from star center Karl-Anthony Towns before his mother died

Wolves, NBA join Mayo Clinic on coronavirus study

Doctors hope to develop way to detect antibodies using just a pin prick.
Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, practice home for the Wolves and Lynx, remains empty while teams standby during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wolves opening practice facility for individual workouts

The Timberwolves are joining other NBA teams in opening their practice facility to players for individual workouts starting Thursday.
Chris Hine of the Star Tribune at his keyboard at home, along with songbooks with music by two of his favorites, Mariah Carey and Carole King.

NBA on hold, Wolves writer Hine goes from courtside to piano bench

The Timberwolves beat writer can go to his right or left hand when it comes to the keyboard, a skill he's reconnected with during life without NBA travel.
Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, practice home for the Wolves and Lynx, remains empty while teams standby during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NBA appears willing to delay start of next season to finish 2019-20

Optimism has increased in the league office for a resumption of the season, with the NBA looking at one or two "bubble" sites in Las Vegas and Orlando.
The coronavirus pandemic might forever change the fan experience at arenas such as the Twins' Target Field and the Loons' Allianz Field.

Sports fan experience may never be the same after pandemic

At some point in the future — perhaps in months, perhaps a year or more — it will be safe for fans to attend games again. But how will their behavior change?
The Timberwolves practice facility in downtown Minneapolis remains closed.

As NBA eases restrictions, Wolves practice facility remains closed

Minnesota's stay-at-home order supersedes the league's slow return guidelines.
A member of the grounds crew striped the outfield ahead of a St. Paul Saints workout last May at CHS Field.

Where to sit, what not to spit: Saints offer detailed look at baseball's return

The St. Paul Saints became one of the first franchises to spell out, in remarkable detail, what to expect when games return to CHS Field: The details, while subject to change, go down to what items players can spit and to having a sneeze guard over the microphone for the national anthem singer.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in the 2012 regular season despite coming off a serious knee injury.

All Day, all the way: Peterson's '12 season is when fantasy met reality

Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in the 2012 regular season despite coming off a serious knee injury.
Robert Covington (33) could only watch as the Timberwolves lost a big lead to the Kings and were defeated in overtime.

That January night when the Wolves proved they could lose any lead

The Wolves led Sacramento by 12 points with 78 seconds to play. Their win probably was figured at 99.9% So what could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.
Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas, left, with one of his key acquisitions in his first year with the team, guard D’Angelo Russell, during a news

Year into the job, Rosas' Wolves tenure more than massive roster shake-up

Beyond the roster changes, Wolves president Gersson Rosas wanted to establish a familial culture around the Wolves, one that would stick with players even after they have moved on.
APBA has its own following, which includes Chet Hine, just as Strat-O-Matic does. Dice and player cards set the game of APBA baseball in motion. The c

Thanks to APBA dice game, it's forever the summer of 1961

It's a sound Chris Hine grew up with - the click, click, click of dice rattling onto an APBA baseball board for his father to translate into an out, hit or home run. All these years later, the dice are still shaking.
Guard Malik Beasley was playing the most productive basketball of his career with the Wolves, averaging 20.7 points in 14 games since being traded fro

A season of fits - and starts - for Wolves' Beasley remains on hold

Since being traded to the Wolves, Malik Beasley was playing some of the best basketball of his career. Then the season was postponed. He is a restricted free agent, meaning he could be elsewhere next season.
Guard Malik Beasley was playing the most productive basketball of his career with the Wolves, averaging 20.7 points in 14 games since being traded fro

Wolves like how Beasley has played for them so far

Guard Malik Beasley has averaged 20.7 points with his new team since his trade from the Nuggets.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Silver: Still unclear whether NBA season will resume

Adam Silver announced that the league and NBA Players' Association has agreed that the players would take a 25% pay cut beginning with their May 15 checks, as part of the "force majeure" clause on the league's CBA.
Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan, left, holds the Most Valuable Player trophy as coach Phil Jackson holds the NBA Championship trophy after the Bulls d

Ex-Gopher played huge role in ESPN's Chicago Bulls documentary

Most of the 500 hours worth of footage that Andy Thompson obtained has never seen the light of day. But NBA fans will finally get the chance to see some of it in the documentary.
Jimmy Butler helped the Wolves make the playoffs in 2018, but the guard was traded early the next season.

Same story: What if the Wolves never traded for Jimmy Butler?

The fourth in our week-long series on what would have happened if game-changing and franchise-altering moments hadn't taken place. Today: the 2017 draft night trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.
The 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, fought with the Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns on Oct. 30 in Philadelphia, resulting in both stars getting ejected.

Charismatic and full of love, Cruz-Towns always there for her son

Wolves President Gersson Rosas said he bonded with Karl-Anthony Towns' mother over their shared history of growing up in Latin America. Rosas called Jacqueline Cruz-Towns a "lioness."
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother is battling COVID-19 as he continues to heal from a fractured left wrist.

Towns still dealing with hospitalized mom, fractured left wrist

Wolves president Gersson Rosas praised Karl-Anthony Towns' courage as his mother fights the coronavirus. Rosas wouldn't comment on the broken wrist that sidelined Towns before the NBA stopped play.
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."