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Hampered by an ACL injury that cut into his second NBA season, Ricky Rubio watched in envy last summer as Spain took the United States to the brink of a gold-medal upset in the London Olympics.
Monday, he spent good chunks of time sitting and observing his national team, too, even though nothing was reportedly wrong with him.
As Rubio's production at Eurobasket 2013 has slipped, so has usually-mighty Spain. The two-time defending champions snuck past the second and final round-robin stage into the tournament's single-elimination championship bracket but went 1-2 during the second round and haven't been receiving the contributions they expect from Rubio.
In Monday's 86-81, overtime loss to Italy, Rubio played just 16 minutes. In three second-stage games, he scored a total of 12 points, dished out five assists and shot 5-for-15 from the floor.
With Minnesota's No. 5 overall pick in 2011 representing his country on the other side of the world in Slovenia, it'...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota, welcome to Ronny Turiaf.
Not the other way around.
While most new Timberwolves players are introduced to the media somewhere within the confines of the Target Center, Turiaf will greet Twin Cities reporters Wednesday from the Ronald McDonald House. Surrounded by children staying at the residence, he'll kick off a full day of community outreach -- his...
MINNEAPOLIS -- It'd register as a shock if the Timberwolves don't pick up the team option on Derrick Williams' contract for 2014-15.
Minnesota's front office has until Oct. 31 to make a decision.
"We'll see how camp is, but I've said all along, I've always been a big fan of his," president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters...
Minnesota Timberwolves: Timberwolves’ Free Agency Grades
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Signed Kevin Martin (4 years, 28 million)
Sign and Traded Luke Ridnour For Corey Brewer (3 years, 14 million)
Resigned Nikola Pekovic (5 years, 60 million)
Resigned Chase Budinger (3 years, 16 million)
- The best and the most important move this team made this summer...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The biggest kid in the gym.
A sparkplug. A locker room guy. A leader. An upstanding citizen.
They're all titles that Ronny Turiaf has earned during his eight-year NBA adventure, and rightfully so. Few professional athletes are handed multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts to fulfill such capacities.
"You just can't find guys like that," Timberwolves...
Ronny Turiaf has traded elbows with Nikola Pekovic in the post and chased Ricky Rubio around the court in international competition long enough.
The eight-year veteran said he's happy to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he will serve as a mentor and an extra big man off the bench to help prepare the younger players for what everyone expects will be a run at the franchise...
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At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor appeared to be pretty confident that Rick Adelman was going to return as the team’s head coach in the 2013-14 season despite problems with his wife’s health. Taylor’s confidence has now been backed up by Adelman himself, who has told Taylor that he will return as the head coach...
Kevin Martin led the NBA last season with an effective field goal percentage of .793 on shots taken in the fourth quarter or overtime with a scoring margin of three or fewer points.
Much of that is attributed to the fact Martin received a high amount of wide open shots playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
In the last five minutes of a game within five points, the...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Adelman and his coaching staff spent three days meeting in Oregon last week. The Timberwolves' training camp begins in two weeks, and the veteran NBA head coach will be there to prepare his revamped team for a 2013-14 playoff run.
Throughout a busy offseason that saw Flip Saunders replace David Kahn as the organization's front-office czar and...
There never has been much doubt about Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves coach but it wasn’t for sure until he brought his coaching staff out to his home in Portland Ore. last week and laid out the plans for this season.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed Adelman’s return Sunday. “Yes he did [say he’s coming back]” Taylor said.
On the subject of the remodeling of...
This is the ninth in a 17-part series profiling each player on the Timberwolves' roster leading up to training camp.
There are certainly less enviable scenarios a veteran NBA point guard could find himself in.
J.J. Barea enters the eighth year of his career as the favorite to back up Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio. The 6-foot, 175-pound Puerto Rican is due a nice chunk of change...