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A look behind the scenes on those welcoming KG back to MN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Garnett's emotional return to Minnesota after almost eight years has stirred nostalgia for the only stretch of success the Timberwolves franchise has ever had. It also created some skepticism for the amount of help a 38-year-old power forward can provide to a team at the bottom of the Western Conference. The primary beneficiaries to Garnett's return were obvious...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

What's left in KG's tank?

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Kevin Garnett's newest Timberwolves teammates showed up for the sublime superstar's re-introductory press conference Tuesday, they saw and heard a 38-year-old hot rod with some wear on his exterior and considerable mileage on his wheels. "I always have to listen to my body," Garnett told the media, team staff fans and pretty much every Wolves player and assistant...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Timberpups Tracker: Feb. 25 edition

Every Wednesday, FOX Sports North's Phil Ervin tracks the progress of the Timberwolves' young core (players on the first or second year of their rookie contract). ANDREW WIGGINS (age 20, first season) Statistical averages, this week (season): 39.3 minutes (34.7), 25.0 points (15.6), 4.0 rebounds (4.3), 1.5 assists (1.9), 1.0 steals (1.1), 1.0 blocks (0.6), 53.8 FG% (43.7), 25.0 3PT...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Garnett likely to make presence felt in return to Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even if his financial advisor, Charles Banks, had never approached him earlier this month about a possible return to Minnesota, the encyclopedia of Kevin Garnett tales still would've comprised an entire section of the NBA annals library. There's the one where Timberwolves equipment manager Clayton Wilson had to hide Garnett's uniform from him because he refused to...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Garnett thrilled with 'fairytale' return to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been noted and detailed and regurgitated throughout the past few days the Timberwolves were in for some bewilderment upon Kevin Garnett's return to the Twin Cities. Yet it was the franchise's transcendent superstar who dealt with mass amounts of culture shock Tuesday before his official re-introduction to the basketball community he lifted to unprecedented --...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Garnett ‘Return of the Wolf’ Caricature Art

The Minnesota Timberwolves will re-introduce the original Big Bad Wolf Kevin Garnett in a press conference today with head coach Flip Saunders the Target Center Skyway. Check it out on live on Timberwolves.com. Art by Muideen Ogunmola aka Blocknation. The post Kevin Garnett ‘Return of the Wolf’ Caricature Art appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Wolves warned KG might throw their phones in the toilet

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been warned that life as they know it will change drastically once Kevin Garnett enters the locker room: “As one of our veteran guys told our young guys yesterday, ‘Hey, listen, when KG walks in the locker room your phones better be tucked away, because if they’re not, they’re going to get thrown in the toilet on game night,’ ” Saunders...
Via Red's Army
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ankle injury 'a blessing in disguise' for Rubio to work on shot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Anyone wishing to precipitate upon Ricky Rubio's parade back to the active list need only point out the numbers. How despite the electrifying point guard's return from a severely sprained left ankle, the Timberwolves are still 12-42. How even though Rubio spent as much of the off time as he could working on his oft-scrutinized shot, he's made 37.7 percent of his field...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Garnett, Flip Saunders Pairing Up In Bid To Buy T’Wolves

Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota, and he may be back in the Twincities even after his playing days are over. Garnett, who has made over $325 million in salaries during 20 seasons in the NBA — is reportedly putting together an investment group along with Wolves president-coach Flip Saunders in an attempt to buy the team from Glen Taylor — according to the St. Paul Pioneer...
Via Thacover2
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves' Bennett out at least two weeks with ankle sprain

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just when Anthony Bennett's window of opportunity slid open, the latest in a slew of Timberwolves injuries slammed it shut on his fingers. The second-year power forward will miss at least two weeks with a right ankle sprain, coach and president Flip Saunders said after practice Saturday afternoon. Bennett became tangled up with Phoenix's Markieff Morris in the first...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Garnett returns to Minnesota in deadline trade with Brooklyn

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Flip Saunders and Milt Newton woke up on Thursday morning, they had no idea how the day would end. Kevin Garnett was mulling a possible return to Minnesota, and a full no-trade clause in his contract gave him all the leverage. As Saunders learned in 10 years coaching Garnett with the Timberwolves from 1995-2005, the hyper competitive and supremely loyal power...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves newcomer Neal faces uncertain future

MINNEAPOLIS -- After his first Timberwolves practice, Gary Neal needed more than one set of instructions from a team staffer to navigate the Target Center's labyrinth of hallways and elevators. As he was led from the Lifetime Fitness practice facility back to the dressing room Wednesday night, he studied the route, raising his eyebrows at its complexity. He might not need to know...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

T-Wolves want to bring back KG at deadline

Surprising reports were circling around the twitter-sphere last night that the Minnesota Timberwolves are in discussions to bring former icon Kevin Garnett back to the original franchise that drafted him. It's rumored that this push before today's 3PM trade deadline would be for Wolves' forward Thaddeus Young, reuniting KG with not only Minnesota but also former head coach Flip Saunders...
Via Celtics Life
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chicago Bulls Could Add Kevin Martin If Bought Out By T-Wolves

The Chicago Bulls are looking to add an offensive weapon off the bench and the sharp-shooter Kevin Martin could be an option.  According to CBS’ Ken Berger, Martin is a candidate to be bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, however, is reporting that T-wolves coach Flip Saunders is a huge Martin fan and doesn’t want the […] The post Report...
Via Diehardsport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Obtaining stable of former first-round picks all part of Wolves' plan

MINNEAPOLIS -- If Flip Saunders is ever deemed to have failed as an executive, it won't have been for lack of effort. After the Timberwolves president of basketball operations' latest move, Minnesota possesses six -- six -- first-round picks from the past two drafts. That's more than any other team in the league. To quote the band Yes, there's a method to madness here. Like most...
Via Fox Sports North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Ervin's Feb. 17 Timberwolves mailbag

All season long, in defeat and even during occasional victory, Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has emphasized the need for "positive reinforcement" -- tangible evidence what's being done is working. Players need it. Fans need it. Saunders himself, who admitted his exhaustion heading into the All-Star break, needs it. Eleven wins and plans...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves wait for the right price as trade deadline looms

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly before the Timberwolves traded him to Charlotte last week, veteran point guard Mo Williams openly told reporters he'd been pondering his future every day. Power forward Thaddeus Young, one of the next candidates to be dealt by Thursday's trade deadline, is taking the opposite approach, keeping his head down and whatever future-based thoughts he's entertained...
Via Fox Sports North
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch all of Zach LaVine’s spectacular dunks in slow-mo

  Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine put on a spectacular aerial display to take home the dunk competition during All-Star Saturday night. The 19-year-old scored a perfect 100 in the opening round. He highlighted his scintillating start with a through-the-legs, one-handed reverse slam. LaVine had a final round of 94 to overtake Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, who struggled...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wiggins, Wolves youngsters largely steal show in Rising Stars game

Andrew Wiggins made a slam dunk contest appearance, after all. Fellow 19-year-old Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine did his best to keep pace. Gorgui Dieng went coast-to-coast in a sequence that would've had Flip Saunders flipping his lid. Shabazz Muhammad had his moments, too. Take a schoolyard pickup game -- with NBA assistant coaches choosing the sides -- and infuse it with a Wolves...
Via Fox Sports North
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders' vision for rebuilding Wolves exemplified by Tuesday's trades

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders sat next to another NBA general manager in March 2011 at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse, watching close friend Tom Izzo's Michigan State team and, in particular, then-Spartans forward Draymond Green. "He's going to be a hell of a player," Saunders, then the head coach of the Washington Wizards, told the GM. Anonymous Executive's response: "He's not...
Via Fox Sports North
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves trade for Hawks power forward Payne

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly after cracking open a roster spot in the Mo Williams trade, the Timberwolves filled it with a guy they considered drafting this past summer. Minnesota has acquired Atlanta power forward Adreian Payne in exchange for a protected future first-round draft pick, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Wolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders...
Via Fox Sports North
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Muhammad's return shows Wolves have lineup flexibility

MINNEAPOLIS -- With all due respect to Robbie Hummel, the final section in this Timberwolves symphony was back in tune Monday night. If only the show hadn't started more than three months ago. Sparkplug swingman Shabazz Muhammad became the latest key rotational player to return to the Minnesota lineup, giving coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders a full complement...
Via Fox Sports North
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves a different, more efficient team with Rubio back in lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- Weary-eyed, gassed and raspy after a tense victory, Flip Saunders was asked Wednesday after Minnesota's 102-101 win against Miami if he picked up on the drop-off that occurred with Ricky Rubio on the bench during the second half. "We had one for 46 games," Saunders replied dryly. To be sure, in a season rocked by injuries and attrition, Rubio's 42-game absence -- a...
Via Fox Sports North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders is not thrilled with the Timberwolves organization over video mocking Kevin Love

Last Saturday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made his return to Minnesota after being traded in the off-season. Love was greeted with boos from the Minnesota faithful which most people believed would happen. Leading up to Love’s return, the Timberwolves put out a video joking and mocking his return to their city. Love himself thought that the video was funny, but not everyone...
Via No Guts, No Glory
24 days ago  |  Discuss

After missing 41 games, Rubio expected to play Monday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return to action Monday at Dallas. Coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters before Saturday's home game against Cleveland that three different specialists have checked out Rubio's severely-sprained left ankle. All three have cleared him to play "if things are OK Monday,"...
Via Fox Sports North
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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