Staff Directory 6370609

Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023

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
Magic Johnson, right, greets Alex Rodriguez during a game in 2018. Rodriguez and Marc Lore are set to buy the Timberwolves and Lynx.

NBA's wish to keep Wolves in Minnesota more important than contract language

There is no stipulation in the Wolves sale contract to keep team here, but it's not that important.
The proposed Wolves/Lynx sale by Glen Taylor is for $1.5 billion.

Wolves' minority owner files suit against Taylor alleging breach of contract in sale

The lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Minnesota by Meyer Orbach, also said there was no stipulation in the proposed $1.5 billion sale of the franchises to Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez that would keep the team in Minnesota.
David Vanterpool, right.

Timberwolves assistants Vanterpool and Gates won't return next season.

Chris Finch, who took over on Feb. 21, will restructure some of his staff for 2021-22.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch has many significant pieces returning to the lineup next season.

Where do the Wolves stand heading into the offseason? A player-by-player breakdown

A dismal start left the team out of the playoffs, but meshing and emerging talent toward the end of the season showed signs of promise
Anthony Edwards led all NBA rookies in scoring at 19.3 points per game.

Rookie Edwards exits with a vow: 'I'm ready to go to the playoffs'

Season-ending interviews can be a bit stale. But Anthony Edwards turned up the volume when talking about what he expects next season.
Karl-Anthony Towns has had only one winning season of his six with the Wolves, but the 25-year-old center sees hope for the future based on how the te

Towns looks to better tomorrow with Wolves after strong finish to season

Karl-Anthony Towns sees a culture as the key to winning and reaffirmed his commitment to be part of the team going forward.
In the final game of his rookie season, Anthony Edwards dunked the ball past Dallas’ Tyler Bey on Sunday.

Wolves end trying season with win over Dallas; Edwards has big night

The Wolves played loose and well in their final game, showing the promise of their up-and-coming roster and showing off Rookie of the Year-hopeful Anthony Edwards.
D’Angelo Russell finished strong to end his first full season with the Wolves.

Wolves-Dallas game recap

A quick look at Sunday's season finale.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic put up a shot against the Raptors on Friday.

Wolves-Dallas gameday preview

The Wolves prepare for their season finale while the Mavericks prepare for the playoffs.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie (20) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game,

Listless Timberwolves can't shoot in loss to injury-plagued Boston

Celtics walked away with a breezy 124-108 victory.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, both No. 1 overall picks, have begun to build success playing together.

Wolves basketball boss believes he has built a winner

Two years in, Gersson Rosas says he is seeing potential in his roster.
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum put up a shot against Juancho Hernangomez and Naz Reid in the third quarter Saturday.

Wolves-Boston game recap

A quick look at the penultimate game of the 2020-21 season.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum drove against Cleveland’s Dean Wade on Wednesday.

Wolves-Boston gameday preview

The Wolves play their penultimate game of the season against a struggling Celtics team.
Alex Rodriguez talked with Terry Bradshaw before the Super Bowl in February 2020.

Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore officially reach agreement on buying Wolves, Lynx

The teams are being sold by Glen Taylor for $1.5 billion.
Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, watched a Timberwolves game in 2017 at Target Center.

A-Rod, Taylor reach agreement, sale of Wolves and Lynx nears finish line

Glen Taylor has an agreement for the $1.5 billion sale of the teams to former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and tech entrepreneur Marc Lore, a source confirmed.
Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie

Wolves closing season with solid tests from playoff-bound opponents

After soundly beating bottom-feeders Orlando and Detroit, the Wolves end their schedule with three games against tougher opponents who will be a measuring stick of progress,
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns joked with team owner Glen Taylor and his wife after a 2019 game.

Lore says negotiations with Taylor for Wolves, Lynx 'getting close to the finish line'

Entrepreneur Marc Lore told Bloomberg that talks with Glen Taylor to purchase the franchises are going well.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns attempts a layup as Detroit center Jahlil Okafor defends during the first half

Wolves thump Pistons, continue to value winning over draft positioning

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points to lead the Wolves, while the undermanned Pistons committed 28 turnovers.
Magic Johnson, right, greeted Alex Rodriguez during a Lakers-Hornets game in 2018.

Taylor/A-Rod sale talks for Wolves ongoing despite exclusivity window closing

A 30-day exclusivity window between Wolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor and prospective new owners Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore has expired. But talks are ongoing.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was fouled by Magic center Mo Bamba during the first half Sunday. Towns has dealt with injuries and personal losses d

Weary Towns reflects: 'I came a long way in this year'

Karl-Anthony Towns went over to his father Karl Sr. and cameras caught him letting out a few emotions before taking the Mother's Day game.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns blocked a shot by Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the first half of Minnesota’s 128-96 victory Sunday.

Wolves demolish Magic, step up in standings as foes fall toward draft

The next few games will have a lot to say about whether the Wolves maximize their odds of retaining a top-three pick in the upcoming draft or lose it due to terms of the Andrew Wiggins trade.
After a right tibia contusion, Wolves guard Jaylen Nowell came back for two games in the middle of April and shot a combined 1-for-14. His injury had

Wolves' Nowell has to adjust his game after returning from injury

Guard Jaylen Nowell said he tried to rush back from a right tibia contusion, and then needed to shut himself down again.
Akeem Akway, owner, Akway’s Sports Barbershop in Mounds View.

A cut above: Meet the go-to barber for Wolves, other NBA stars

Akeem Akway is the barber of choice for Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones and other NBA stars, but his talents run deeper both in terms of business and life experiences.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) looks for an open teammate past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards

Towns, Edwards stick up for each other after Wolves loss to Heat

Karl-Anthony Towns stumped for Anthony Edwards to be rookie of the year while Edwards said Towns' late-game interaction with Jimmy Butler was nothing important.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, goes up for a shot against Miami forward Trevor Ariza (8) as guard Kendrick Nunn (25) looks on during th

Frustrations flare up as Wolves lose to Miami 121-112

D'Angelo Russell was ejected in the third quarter, part of four technical fouls for the Wolves on Friday night during a contentious game in Miami.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch talks with Jaylen Nowell during the first half of a game last month.

Timberwolves take small steps to improve poor defense

New coach Chris Finch's philosophy — less thinking, more running — is exhausting, but his young, athletic team is doing a better job of contesting shots.
Anthony Edwards

Edwards wins conference top rookie award for second month in row

The first overall pick in the 2020 draft averaged 21.6 points as the Wolves went 8-8.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Juancho Hernangomez  shoots after being fouled by New Orleans Pelicans’ Kira Lewis Jr. (13) during the second half

Wolves let 10-point lead fizzle in overtime loss to New Orleans

Minnesota's offense stagnated after getting a 10-point late and they had no answer for Zion Williamson, who bullied them all night for 37 points. and got six fouls each on Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid.
Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said most players were fine at Saturday’s shootaround after getting their COVID vaccines following Thursday’s

Wolves build strategy into completing COVID vaccinations

After their win over Golden State on Thursday night, the Timberwolves attended to some necessary business before heading home.
It was a less-than-100% Jarrett Culver who took on DeAndre Jordan and the Brooklyn Nets on April 13 at Target Center.

Wolves' Culver shutting down season, will undergo ankle surgery

Jarrett Culver hadn't played in five games and had been out of the rotation for weeks before the Wolves announced he would officially miss the rest of the season because of an ankle injury.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards, right, high-fived center Karl-Anthony Towns after a presentation naming Edwards the Rookie of the Month for Marc

Winning streak bringing much-needed good vibes to Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards said the locker room is a more pleasant place to be after four consecutive victories.
Anthony Edwards had a big fourth-quarter in the Wolves’ victory over Golden State.

Edwards dominates late; Wolves beat Warriors for 4th win in row

After a slow start and being challenged by his coaches, rookie Anthony Edwards took over the game with his offense in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver (23) drove around Charlotte Hornets guard Dwayne Bacon (7) in the first half.

Culver to have ankle surgery, will miss rest of Timberwolves season

Second-year guard Jarrett Culver will have an arthroscopic procedure in early May.
Andrew Wiggins of Golden State shot over Houston’s John Wall on April 10.

Despite criticism, Wiggins has 'nothing but love' for Minnesota

The disdain Andrew Wiggins endured here hasn't stopped for him with Golden State. Recently, ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said he would trade the ex-Wolves player for 'a box of cookies.'
In 13 games in April, Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19.6 points and 5.5 assists in 25.9 minutes. Coach Chris Finch has been bringing Ru

Thriving off the bench, Russell puts injury behind him

Point guard D'Angelo Russell has been providing an offensive spark since his 26-game absence while settling into a sixth-man role.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is blocked by Rockets forward Kelly Olynyk during the first quarter

Make it three in a row: Instead of tanking, Wolves are streaking

Ignoring available excuses, the Wolves scored eight straight points after Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out to clinch the win, No. 999 in franchise history.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards and teammates huddle as time runs down during the fourth quarter of the team’s win over Houston.

Vanderbilt, Hernangomez spark Wolves to win over Rockets

Jarred Vanderbilt's hustle late helped Wolves earn the win while Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 22.
Since D’Angelo Russell (right) returned to the lineup under coach Chris Finch, the Wolves are 6-4 when both he and Karl-Anthony Towns play together

Draft drama: Will Wolves lose their first-round pick to Golden State?

Golden State would get Minnesota's pick if it is No. 4 or lower as part of the Russell-for-Wiggins trade. Here's a look at where things stand now.
D’Angelo Russell (0) of the Minnesota Timberwolves made the go-ahead basket in the final seconds of the game as Bojan Bogdanovic (44) watched.

Wolves steal winning streak with Russell's lay-up, game-ending defense

The Wolves accomplished what they hadn't done since the first two games of the season: Win consecutive games.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards dunks as Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton defends during the first quarter

Wolves make just enough stops to pull away from Sacramento 134-120

Karl-Anthony Towns figured big in a decisive 14-0 fourth-quarter run, finishing with with 26 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards each had 28 points.
Timberwolves players visited the George Floyd memorial at 38th and Chicago in October.

Wolves players feel 'sense of relief' and hope after Chauvin found guilty

"For me it's accountability more than anything," Josh Okogie said. "To me if justice was really served, George Floyd would still be here today
D’Angelo Russell

Russell's minutes expected to rise but he'll keep coming in off the bench

Wolves coach Chris Finch likes how D'Angelo Russell fits in with the second unit.
Clippers guard Amir Coffey attempted to shoot as Timberwolves center Ed Davis defended Sunday.

Wolves have the worst three-point shooting defense in NBA. Here's why

Coach Chris Finch's emphasis on trying to limit drives to the basket carries an inherent cost that was on display during the team's one-sided loss to the Clippers.
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell went for the ball and got part of Clippers guard Paul George’s mouth during the first half Sunday.

Strength vs. weakness: Clippers' three-point shooting way too much for Wolves

The Clippers are the best three-point shooting team in the league; the Wolves have the worst three-point defense in the league.
The play of Wolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt in blowout losses to the Nets and Bucks has earned him extra playing time.

Wolves' Vanderbilt gets another dose of playing time

The forward is averaging 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and coach Chris Finch said Vanderbilt was likely to keep playing in the short term to see if he can build off his good week.
Chris Finch took over a Timberwolves team that was 7-24 on Feb. 21. He lost his first five games and since then is 8-13.

Window of opportunity: Wolves gave Finch shot at being NBA head coach

Chris Finch is always adapting as a basketball lifer, this time as a rookie NBA head coach.
Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie defends against Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant during the second half on April 13.

Family likes the look of post-vaccination Okogie

Josh Okogie is shooting better of late and says his brother has a guess why: "He thinks it's the vaccine."
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns addresses killing of Daunte Wright; calls the act 'embarrassing'

Karl-Anthony Towns said he is saddened after another death occurred at hands of police in place he calls home.
Miami forward Jimmy Butler goes up for a shot past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels

Wolves get KAT back, pin a loss on Butler's Heat

Miami made it a close game late on Friday but was turned away by the Wolves, who welcomed Karl-Anthony Towns back to the lineup after missing two games.
Glen Taylor has told the Star Tribune and other media outlets that there is language in the contract with Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore to keep the tea

'How long until they leave?' Why moving Wolves could be complicated

Even years after Glen Taylor isn't the owner, the NBA might well be the backstop that keeps the Wolves in the 14th-largest media market in the country.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, in 2019.

Taylor: 'We have it in the contract' to keep Wolves in Minnesota

Wolves owner Glen Taylor also says NBA wouldn't support a potential move of the franchise out of Minnesota.
Members of the Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets wear T-shirts that read “With liberty and justice for all” as a tribute to Daunte Wright, before

With 'mixed emotions,' Wolves play on and lose to Brooklyn 127-97

After postponing the game from Monday to Tuesday afternoon, the Wolves and Nets took the court for warmups with shirts that said "with liberty and justice for all" — the final line of the Pledge of Allegiance
Josh Okogie

Okogie keeps speaking out on police brutality: 'It's sickening … and it just has to stop.'

Josh Okogie spoke passionately about his emotions in the wake of Daunte Wright's killing with the trial of Derek Chauvin happening at the same time in downtown Minneapolis.
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Wolves drove past Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin during a game in New York on March 29.

Timberwolves will play Nets today after Monday postponement

The makeup game is set for 3 p.m. at Target Center, with no fans in attendance.
The Wolves and Kings played on April 5 at Target Center.

In wake of shooting, Timberwolves postpone game with Nets

The teams were to meet at Target Center on Monday night before the announcement was made.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell celebrated a basket against the Bulls during Sunday night’s victory.

Towns, Russell shine late in Wolves' victory over Bulls

Timberwolves fans have wondered what it might look like when D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns get to play together.They're starting to get some answers and the returns have been positive.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns left Bulls counterpart Nikola Vucevic behind on the floor during the first quarter Sunday night at Target Center.

An emotional day for Towns as Wolves hold off Bulls

The Wolves star spoke of family and his team's potential new owners after a victory over old friend Zach LaVine.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio shot as Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky defended Sunday night.

Wolves-Chicago game recap

A quick look at Sunday night's game.
Wolves coach Chris Finch gestured during Sunday night’s game against the Bulls at Target Center.

Chris Finch excited about pending Wolves sale to Alex Rodriguez

The Wolves coach noted that the retired baseball star would add 'sex appeal' to the organization.
Kevin Durant had missed some time because of injuries but recently returned to the Nets lineup.

Wolves-Brooklyn gameday preview

The Wolves haven't fared well in the back end of back-to-backs, but at least they won't have to deal with either James Harden or Kyrie Irving.
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, billionaire Marc Lore enter agreement to buy Timberwolves, Lynx

Former MLB player is on a "pathway" to controlling ownership of the organization with associate and friend Marc Lore. If the sale goes through, change wouldn't happen overnight. Glen Taylor would still be the controlling owner until 2023.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell drives against Boston forward Grant Williams

Russell's clutch play again points to promise alongside Towns

"There's something special," Karl-Anthony Towns says of pairing with D'Angelo Russell.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard D’Angelo Russell

Wolves coach Finch ponders how best to meld and separate Russell, Towns

Chris Finch says he'll change it up when D'Angelo Russell's minutes restrictions is lifted.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) during the second quarter of an

Tatum goes off, Wolves go cold and lose 145-136 in overtime at Boston

Boston's Jayson Tatum scored a career high 53 points as the Wolves lost control of the game late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
Indiana’s JaKarr Sampson goes up for a dunk against the Timberwolves’ Naz Reid during the first half

Consistency, defense still plaguing Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards said maintaining the type of effort they showed in the second half Wednesday has been harder than it should be
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio (9) has his shot blocked by Indiana Pacers’ Jeremy Lamb (26) during the first half

Sound familiar? Indiana foils Wolves' comeback bid, wins 141-137

A poor start, followed by a scramble to come back once again didn't pan out. The Wolves still haven't won back-to-back games since the first games of the season.
Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said that he would have gotten his shot a long time ago if it was possible.

Wolves players, coaches and staff get COVID-19 vaccinations

Coach Chris Finch calls getting the shots his civic duty.
Timberwolves mascot Crunch, always ready to entertain, will have an audience to fire up Monday night when the Wolves welcome fans back.

Timberwolves way ahead of the game as they prepare to open doors to fans

Some 3,000 fans to be greeted by well-rehearsed guidelines at Monday's game against the Kings.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch talked things over with Anthony Edwards during a game last month.

Finch's late-game mind-set? Save the Wolves' possessions

Wolves coach Chris Finch said a desire to save possessions late plays into his challenge strategy, which is usually not to challenge anything early in a game.
Philadelphia 76ers’ Danny Green, right, blocks a shot attempt by the Timberwolves’ Jordan McLaughlin, left, during the second half

Finch lets starters play heavy minutes in Wolves loss to 76ers

Three Timberwolves players logged over 40 minutes on second night of a back to back set of games. "Trying to win the game. Whatever it would take," coach Chris Finch said.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns shoots between Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris, right, and Matisse Thybulle during the first half

Nearing sad anniversary, Towns pours in 39 but Wolves fall short

Nearly a year after his mother's death, Karl-Anthony Towns turned in one of his best performances of the season but it wasn't enough for the Wolves.
Anthony Edwards of the Wolves knocked the ball from the hands of the Knicks’ R.J. Barrett on Wednesday.

Edwards says Wolves should be more focused before games

Anthony Edwards, named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month, believes attention to detail would help avoid slow starts.
Anthony Edwards

Edwards is NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month

He had the third-best scoring month among teenagers in league history.
Jaden McDaniels, left, celebrates with Malik Beasley in the Wolves’ win over the Knicks on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

McDaniels 'special' in Timberwolves win over Knicks

Coach Chris Finch said he couldn't recall another rookie having an impact defensively like McDaniels has had.
The Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards goes up to the basket past New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett during the second half

Edwards takes over as Wolves mount comeback to beat Knicks 102-101

The Wolves played from behind most of Wednesday night until Anthony Edwards helped bring them back. Edwards finished with 24 points while Malik Beasley had 20, including the winning three.