In Richard Pitino’s second season as Minnesota’s coach, both he and the Gophers ought to be all the better for it. The players know his strategy, his personality and his expectations. He has learned their strengths and weaknesses, grasped the culture of the market and the program and figured out the routines of the job.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said that the team has waived guard J.J. Barea in order to get down to the roster limit of 15 players. Barea had one year and $4.5 million remaining on his contract.
Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose. After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn’t try hiding his admiration.
It might be on a different campus, on a different level, but it’s still a basketball court in Minnesota. And Kelly Roysland is in her element.
Shabazz Muhammad had 19 points and Nikola Pekovic tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Wednesday. Chase Budinger also scored 15 for the Timberwolves, who started the game on a 12-1 run and never trailed.
Anthony Bennett scored 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-89 preseason victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Bennett was 7 for 9 from the field. The reserve scored Minnesota’s first six points of the fourth quarter to help the Wolves maintain their comfortable lead over the injury-depleted Pacers.
Mo Williams had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Zach LaVine scored 15 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 116-110 preseason victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. First overall pick Andrew Wiggins, who came to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade, scored 11 points in his home debut. Anthony Bennett had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Basketball. The sport has been around for longer than football, but for whatever reason, there just aren’t anywhere near as many films centered around the sport as there are for football or, especially, baseball. So bear in mind of course that by “ever,” I basically just mean from the last three or four decades.
George Hill had 17 points and seven assists, Shayne Whittington scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-90 in the teams’ preseason opener on Tuesday night. Hill scored 11 of the Pacers’ 36 points in the third quarter points and Lavoy Allen had eight as the Pacers closed the quarter on a 19-5 run to stretch their four-point halftime lead to 82-62.
On the third day of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves went hard at each other as Nikola Pekovic watched from the baseline seats dressed in jogging pants and a T-shirt. The image immediately conjured concerns that the oft-injured big man was hurt again. In reality, it was just the opposite.
In the final game of last season, and the final game of Rick Adelman’s coaching career, Kevin Martin went down swinging. While most of the Minnesota Timberwolves slogged through one last game in a massively disappointing season, Martin went after the Utah Jazz. He scored a season-high 36 points, attacked the rim to get to the free throw line for 10 shots and even came up with a couple of steals before fouling out in a rare show of aggression on the defensive end from him.
The Kevin Love era officially ended in Minnesota in August when he was traded to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. In retrospect, it may have been over far sooner.
During his first three seasons with the Timberwolves, Rubio usually deferred to Love when leadership was needed. Love was the All-Star. Love was the headliner. Love was here first.
Now Love is gone, traded to Cleveland this summer in a blockbuster that brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota. Seemingly overnight, the Wolves have morphed from a deliberate, plodding group to a dynamic young team brimming with athleticism.
With dust finally settled after the blockbuster Kevin Love trade that changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has one big move still to address before the start of the season.
The Phoenix Mercury did something in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that no other WNBA team has been able to do all season long. They stopped Maya Moore.
Everyone knew the Minnesota Timberwolves needed to trade Kevin Love. The face of the franchise played six seasons in Minnesota without a postseason appearance.
Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a delayed blockbuster trade Saturday that’s been talked about for months and on hold for 30 days. Love, arguably the game’s best power forward, is headed from Minnesota to Cleveland
Anthony Bennett is focused on the upcoming NBA season. His uniform is completely out of his control. It has been one unusual summer for two of Canada’s top young players.
From the draft-day shocker that saw former league MVP Tina Charles land with the New York Liberty to the Phoenix Mercury’s record-setting 29 victories, the league had many remarkable moments in its 18th season.
Maya Moore had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the defending champion Minnesota Lynx snap a three-game losing streak with an 80-63 win over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night in the teams’ regular season finale. Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help Minnesota (25-9) become the first team in WNBA history to have at least 25 wins in four consecutive seasons. The Lynx trailed 61-59 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 19-0 run to put the game away.
You’ve seen the sardonic messages splashed all over social media. Everyone is calling LeBron James the best GM in the NBA, based largely on his ability to wrench Kevin Love from Minnesota, which instantly imbues the Cavaliers with three All-Stars.
Maya Moore rises to the occasion when the game is on the line. The WNBA’s leading scorer had 40 points, including 13 in the final five minutes, as Minnesota won its ninth straight game with an 84-75 victory over Tulsa on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed veteran guard Mo Williams. The Wolves reached agreement with the free agent from Portland on Monday and made the announcement Wednesday. Williams gets a one-year, $3.75 million contract to serve as the primary backup to point guard Ricky Rubio.
Maya Moore had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun 76-65 on Sunday. Rebekkah Brunson had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (20-6) and Janel McCarville had 11 points and seven rebounds. Seimone Augustus also scored 13.
Seimone Augustus scored 17 points in her return from a knee injury and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Stars 88-78 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. After missing eight games and the All-Star Game because of bursitis in her left knee, Augustus received a loud ovation as she was introduced in the starting lineup. The cheers were even louder in the fourth quarter when she fueled a 12-0 run that put the game out of reach.