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Mo Williams embracing life with Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- By the current preseason's standards, Mo Williams had a quiet night in Tuesday's 107-89 exhibition win against Indiana. The backup point guard's 13 points, nine assists and two steals lingered in the shadows behind another mammoth performance from Anthony Bennett, Chase Budinger's much stronger left knee and an efficient evening from starting one-man...
Via Fox Sports North
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

A new era begins in Minnesota basketball

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves know the story. They know that no one expects them to be very good this season. After all, they just traded the face of their franchise and remade their core around some very dynamic and very young players. Yes, Kevin Love is in Cleveland, teaming up with LeBron James to try to win a championship. And the Wolves are left to build around...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coming preseason games will help Wolves determine roster, rotations

MINNEAPOLIS -- According to Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves' training camp regimen wasn't limited to Mankato. "I think we've had kind of a second training camp here," the point guard said Thursday at the Target Center Lifetime Fitness practice facility. "Kind of the whole team, the whole week to practice. I think we're going the right way. We're paying...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves aim to have everyone healthy for season opener

In the midst of a weeklong schedule break, the Timberwolves have gone back to the basics during daily practices between last Friday’s preseason victory over Philadelphia and this Friday’s game against Milwaukee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Coach Flip Saunders, though, has been careful not to term it a second training camp because he’s been careful not to give it the same grueling...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Barea says he's ready to help Wolves in any role

MINNEAPOLIS -- Coach and president Flip Saunders has yet to divulge exactly what, if any, role J.J. Barea will play for the Timberwolves this season. "I'll tell you that in two weeks," Saunders said after practice Wednesday, referring to the start of the regular season. But the veteran guard himself already has identified it. "I think my role is I've just got...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Brewer prepared to take back seat to Wiggins in starting lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Kevin Martin nursing a minor injury, Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer have been spending a lot of time on the same scrimmage team. Even during training camp, coach Flip Saunders paired the two on each wing with Ricky Rubio at the point. But Brewer doesn't see that arrangement lasting long. "I like playing with him," Brewer said of Wiggins, the No...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders wants Wolves to be 'makers, not shooters'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even in a world where young stars are pampered to sometimes gross excess, the good, old-fashioned threat of suicides still holds sway. During the Timberwolves' rookie camp last month, coach and president Flip Saunders noticed Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and friends taking an exorbitant amount of 3-pointers. As he's been wont to do since he first had the coach...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fun-damentals: Saunders building team chemistry through quirky ways

MINNEAPOLIS -- Card tricks, footballs, vinyl records and deep-fried alligator fritters. If he wasn't the coach, president and part owner of the Timberwolves, Flip Saunders might be mistaken for a lead carny. When he's directing a drill, Saunders is as straight-edged as they come, often stopping practice to provide specific, meticulous direction. He'll grab rookies Andrew...
Via Fox Sports North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons: What Should We Expect This Year?

The Detroit Pistons haven’t made the NBA playoffs in six years, and haven’t finished with a winning record since 2008. Ever since firing Flip Saunders, their success has been going downhill at a rapid rate. That brings up the question of when the Pistons will return to their former glory. Will this be the season? The team entered the 2013–14 season with aspirations of a serious...
Via The League News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fesenko fights for NBA job to get family out of Ukraine

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyrylo Fesenko's boisterousness evades him for a moment, and he's shy to tell the story. Unprompted, he relents. It stems from his inaugural encounter with Flip Saunders, at a Pistons pre-draft workout in 2006. Fesenko, all 7-foot-1 and 280 pounds of him, posts up a smaller defender. Coaches presiding over the session instruct him to "put the ball on the...
Via Fox Sports North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders says Andrew Wiggins reminds him of a former Timberwolves star

Coach Saunders sees a little KG in Andrew Wiggins Flip Saunders was very impressed with rookie Andrew Wiggins in his preseason debut. The rookie from Kansas poured in 18 points and added three blocks and four rebounds to his stat line. In fact, Saunders gushed over having Wiggins and what he brings to the table. Flip even compared Wiggins to former Timberwolves star, Kevin Garnett...
Via Pass The Pill
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves plan to give Pekovic plenty of rest to keep center healthy

It takes the most sympathetic of hearts to feel sorry for a man who plays a game for $12 million a year. But when Nikola Pekovic's ferocity in the paint is contrasted with the helpless look on his bearded face during games he's inactive, there's tangible evidence that when he seems irked about injury, he means it. "Last season, I think, was the most frustrating for...
Via Fox Sports North
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves player profile: J.J. Barea

  This is the ninth installment in a 15-part series running Tuesdays and Fridays profiling each Minnesota Timberwolves player leading up to the start of the NBA season. Don't scribble over J.J. Barea's name on the roster just yet. After a 2013-14 season full of twists, turns and trade rumors, the offseason consensus has become the point guard's days in Minnesota are...
Via Fox Sports North
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves' young players getting plenty of preseason court time

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a 21st-century, YouTube-generation version of rookie hazing, Timberwolves newcomers stood up before their teammates Friday night at Rounders Sports Bar in Mankato, Minn., and belted out some contemporary karaoke tunes. Andrew Wiggins rapped along with Tupac's "Dear Mama." Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III teamed up for a duet cover of Usher's...
Via Fox Sports North
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders brought a magician to the Wolves' training camp

Now that he has accepted not one but two exhaustive and time-consuming jobs, you’d think new Timberwolves coach and old president of basketball operations Flip Saunders wouldn’t have time for attending to every last detail. You’d think… A reformer of the team’s roster last summer, Saunders has guided it on the court at this week’s training camp in Mankato by being a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves plan plenty of rest for injury-plagued Nikola Pekovic

  Minnesota Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic took the day off from training camp on Thursday as the team looks to reduce the wear and tear on him that has led to injuries the last two years. Coach Flip Saunders says they plan to give Pekovic days off here and there during camp. It's all part of a goal to keep one of the league's best offensive centers on the floor for...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders trying to rekindle magic as coach once again

MANKATO, Minn. -- As reporters hovered around Minnesota State's Taylor Center, waiting to chat with players after the Timberwolves' first training camp practice Monday afternoon, one outsider was allowed through the Bresnan Arena doors early. Tufts of gray and white, curly hair stuck out from the sides of his baseball cap and matching suit jacket. The workout concluded about...
Via Fox Sports North
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders and Rubio decline to dive into discussion on contract

Both Flip Saunders and Ricky Rubio deflected questions Monday about the status of Rubio’s possible contract extension with the Timberwolves. “He has a contract right now,” said Saunders, the Wolves president of basketball operations and coach. “The future, as I’ve said about all rookies, they go through the process. Some get signed and some don’t. But I think it’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders returns to bench in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders spent the entire summer with his executive hat on, banging his head against a wall for a full month thanks to an arcane NBA rule that forced his Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers to wait 30 days before completing a trade for Kevin Love. With the help of general manager Milt Newton, Saunders was able to pull that deal off, changing...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

T-Wolves HC Flip Saunders Isn’t Sure Wiggins Will Start

Typically the number one pick of any draft is a lock to start. Well, that’s not the case in Minnesota. Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders isn’t just handing Andrew Wiggins a starting position. Asked of #Twolves starters, Flip Saunders told @105theticket youngsters to be interspersed w/ vets. Noncommittal on Andrew Wiggins starting. This seems like a case of...
Via BlackSportsOnline
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves announce affiliation with D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves officially announced Monday their already assumed affiliation with the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. But players whom coach and president Flip Saunders assigns to the NBA's minor league won't necessarily play in Fort Wayne. If there isn't room on the Mad Ants' roster, they'd either be chosen by another D-League team or...
Via Fox Sports North
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves likely to move J.J. Barea before season

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a very active team in trade talks this offseason, and pulled off the Kevin Love blockbuster with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, they are looking to make another trade prior to the regular season getting underway. According to a report from Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors, the Timberwolves are likely to move backup point guard J.J. Barea prior to the...
Via Sports-Glory
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves Rumors: J.J. Barea, others, on the trade block

The Timberwolves never wanted to trade Kevin Love, but when the Love made it clear he did not see himself staying in Minnesota long-term, they felt they had no choice.  Last Saturday, they got the next best thing to keeping Love when they traded him for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young.  Despite that blockbuster deal going down, Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Saunders gives fans 'Get Out of Work' note for event

After an arduous, drawn-out process that seemed to last an eternity, the Minnesota Timberwolves will at long last officially introduce Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young, the players the team acquired in its long-awaited trade of disgruntled star Kevin Love. The team did announce the acquisitions in a newspaper ad shortly after the deal […] The post Flip Saunders...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: Kevin Love Trade Gives Wolves An Identity

We can only assume that Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders will be a bit more relaxed for the time being.  He only has four years before guys like Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Anthony Bennett inform him that they also want out of Minnesota. Saunders finally pulled the trigger and sent Kevin Love packing to chase a ring with LeBron James in Cleveland.  All is...
Via Thacover2
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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