If the Timberwolves do not return to the court for the 2019-20 NBA season, center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard D’Angelo Russell will end the year ha

If NBA returns this season, Wolves might not make the cut

It's possible the Wolves' last game was on March 10 in Houston. Several return to play scenarios have circulated recently, and some of those include leaving teams near the bottom of the standings out of the mix.
May 30
Former Hopkins basketball player Royce White spoke at a rally in downtown Minneapolis on Friday.

Reusse: Stephen Jackson, other activists score with straight talk at Mpls. City Hall

Longtime NBA player Stephen Jackson bared his soul in talking about George Floyd, a dead friend that he called his "twin."
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after sinking a fourth quarter basket Thursday night. He finished the game with 46 points.
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May 28

Wolves wait out reboot scenarios while on shaky ground

Here are some factors to consider as the NBA mulls options after shutting down March 11 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 28
During this game on December 30, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders disputed a call against the Brooklyn Nets

Hartman: Wolves might prefer to not have NBA season resume

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold an important call with the league Thursday to talk about returning to action. Here's why the Wolves may not want the games to resume.
May 27
Lakefield native Teresa Resch, with the 2019 Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy won by the Toronto Raptors, was the first woman hired by Masai Ujiri,

Minnesota native thriving as executive with Toronto Raptors

Lakefield native Teresa Resch was the first in a succession of women — now numbering 14 — whom Masai Ujiri hired for his Toronto Raptors.
May 26
Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
May 26

Mailbag: Star Tribune sports editors answer your questions this week

Have a question about how and why we do the things we do? The Star Tribune's sports editors will be answering your questions in this week's mailbag.
May 25
Jon Leuer played with the Pistons from 2016 to ’19, averaging 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds over 124 games.

Former Orono standout Leuer announces retirement from NBA

Jon Leuer, who was from Long Lake, was primarily a guard in high school. But after committing to play for Wisconsin under coach Bo Ryan, he had a 10-inch growth spurt


  • Western Conference
    Northwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Denver 43 22 .662 0 25-8 18-14 5-5
    Utah 41 23 .641 1.5 21-10 20-13 5-5
    Oklahoma City 40 24 .625 2.5 20-13 20-11 8-2
    Portland 29 37 .439 14.5 18-14 11-23 4-6
    Minnesota 19 45 .297 23.5 8-24 11-21 3-7
  • Pacific w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Lakers 49 14 .778 0 23-8 26-6 8-2
    LA Clippers 44 20 .688 5.5 25-7 19-13 7-3
    Sacramento 28 36 .438 21.5 14-17 14-19 7-3
    Phoenix 26 39 .400 24 13-22 13-17 4-6
    Golden State 15 50 .231 35 8-26 7-24 3-7
  • Southwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 40 24 .625 0 22-10 18-14 6-4
    Dallas 40 27 .597 1.5 19-15 21-12 6-4
    Memphis 32 33 .492 8.5 18-15 14-18 4-6
    New Orleans 28 36 .438 12 13-19 15-17 5-5
    San Antonio 27 36 .429 12.5 16-14 11-22 5-5
  • Eastern Conference
    Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Milwaukee 53 12 .815 0 28-3 25-9 6-4
    Indiana 39 26 .600 14 21-11 18-15 7-3
    Chicago 22 43 .338 31 14-20 8-23 3-7
    Detroit 20 46 .303 33.5 11-22 9-24 1-9
    Cleveland 19 46 .292 34 11-25 8-21 4-6
  • Atlantic w l pct gb home away last 10
    Toronto 46 18 .719 0 23-9 23-9 6-4
    Boston 43 21 .672 3 23-9 20-12 5-5
    Philadelphia 39 26 .600 7.5 29-2 10-24 5-5
    Brooklyn 30 34 .469 16 18-14 12-20 5-5
    New York 21 45 .318 26 11-22 10-23 4-6
  • Southeast w l pct gb home away last 10
    Miami 41 24 .631 0 27-5 14-19 6-4
    Orlando 30 35 .462 11 16-15 14-20 6-4
    Washington 24 40 .375 16.5 16-16 8-24 4-6
    Charlotte 23 42 .354 18 10-21 13-21 4-6
    Atlanta 20 47 .299 22 14-20 6-27 4-6
  • Points
    D. Russell MIN 1039
    K. Towns MIN 926
    M. Beasley MIN 615
    J. Culver MIN 580
    J. Okogie MIN 533
  • Rebounds
    K. Towns MIN 378
    J. Okogie MIN 268
    J. Culver MIN 212
    J. Hernangomez MIN 197
    D. Russell MIN 177
  • Assists
    D. Russell MIN 285
    K. Towns MIN 153
    J. McLaughlin MIN 125
    J. Culver MIN 110
    J. Okogie MIN 99
  • Field Goal Percentage
    J. Vanderbilt MIN .625
    K. Towns MIN .508
    J. McLaughlin MIN .489
    J. Johnson MIN .479
    J. Layman MIN .453
  • Blocked Shots
    K. Towns MIN 42
    J. Culver MIN 38
    J. Johnson MIN 32
    J. Okogie MIN 26
    N. Reid MIN 22
  • Steals
    J. Okogie MIN 68
    J. Culver MIN 57
    D. Russell MIN 48
    M. Beasley MIN 40
    J. McLaughlin MIN 34
  • Points
    J. Harden HOU 2096
    T. Young ATL 1778
    B. Beal WAS 1741
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 1690
    D. Lillard POR 1677
  • Rebounds
    H. Whiteside POR 869
    A. Drummond CLE 864
    R. Gobert UTA 850
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 783
    D. Sabonis IND 771
  • Assists
    L. James LAL 636
    T. Young ATL 560
    R. Rubio PHO 507
    D. Graham CHA 471
    L. Doncic DAL 470
  • Field Goal Percentage
    M. Robinson NY .742
    R. Gobert UTA .698
    J. Allen BKN .646
    C. Capela HOU .629
    B. Clarke MEM .623
  • Blocked Shots
    H. Whiteside POR 187
    B. Lopez MIL 149
    A. Davis LAL 134
    R. Gobert UTA 124
    M. Turner IND 120
  • Steals
    B. Simmons PHI 115
    A. Drummond CLE 109
    J. Harden HOU 106
    K. Dunn CHI 101
    D. Murray SA 100
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May 23
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.
May 22
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.
May 22
Star Tribune night sports editor Kevin Bertels at his home office, where he has led remote production of the sports section since mid-March.

Publish sports section from home? 'We never imagined we'd try this.'

Battling his neighbors for Wi-Fi speed at night, Kevin Bertels and a band of editors normally lashed together within easy shouting distance have redefined putting the newspaper, and themselves, to bed.
May 21
Naila-Jean Meyers, Star Tribune senior assistant sports editor, at the Stone Arch Bridge.

NYC to MSP: Sports editor connects to new life in strangest of times

Naila-Jean Meyers moved here for a new job at the Star Tribune in January and set out to learn it and make connections in a new place. Then the coronavirus changed everything.
May 21
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.
May 20
Wolves mailbag: Has Gersson Rosas done a good job running the team?

Wolves mailbag: Has Gersson Rosas done a good job running the team?

Given everything that's happened during his first year on the job, is it possible to give the Timberwolves president anything but an incomplete for his work?
May 19
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Nation's governors expressing support for return of pro sports

The prospects for pro sports resuming operations were boosted Monday when the governors of California, New York and Texas announced their support for games returning to their states.
May 19
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.
May 18
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.
May 18
Michael Jordan pours bubbly on Dennis Rodman inside the locker room after winning the NBA title on June 14, 1998.

The Last Dance: Series ends, Jordan's search for acceptance goes on

Michael Jordan found peace on the basketball court, but the questions remain about whether he's ever really found peace away from the game.
May 15
Michael Jordan was a great athlete but not a great hitter, batting .202 for the Class AA Birmingham Barons in 1994.

Souhan: MJ making it to the majors would have been a minor miracle

Some believe NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan could have eventually played baseball in the major leagues. Former Twin Gene Larkin and manager Tom Kelly are not among them.
May 14
Minnesota's most iconic athletes? Here's our list of the 20 best

Minnesota's most iconic athletes? Here's our list of the 20 best

Ten Star Tribune sports writers and editors gathered for a virtual happy hour to select the 20 faces who belong on the highest pedestal of Minnesota sports.
May 12
ESPN’s remarkable documentary “The Last Dance,” re-examining the traveling circus that was Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, can be distilled in

Scoggins: U star Tucker said playing with Jordan a lesson in intensity

Former Gophers great Trent Tucker shared a locker room with Michael Jordan for one season, 1992-93, the final act of the Bulls' first championship three-peat.

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