Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/6/13
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MINNEAPOLIS In 1994, David Stern and the NBA blocked the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves to Top Rank, a group that would have sent the five-year-old franchise to New Orleans. Now, 19 years later and with another sale looming, the commissioner hardly expects to have to pull a similar move. Stern, who has announced he will step down from his position on Feb. 1, 2014, visited the Target Center on Wednesday in advance of the Timberwolves' game against the Spurs. He spoke at length about the future of the franchise and its facility, both of which are somewhat in question in the early days of 2013. Owner Glen Taylor, who purchased the Timberwolves after the initial 1994 deal fell through, announced last May that he'd begun to think about selling the team, though he didn't give a specific time frame for his exit strategy. Stern, too, said that the timing of the sale is still uncertain and that Taylor is only in the process of discussing it, but he assured Minneapolis that he isn't wo...
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