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Timberwolves start over again

Well, the worst-kept secret in the NBA finally became reality August 23 when the Timberwolves pulled the switch and traded All-Star Kevin Love to Cleveland. As it turned out, the Timberwolves traded more than just Love. The deal involved three teams: Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Who got the best of the deal? As always, everybody is happy, and if you listen to them — Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia — all say they did well. Continue Reading →

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Glen Taylor: Love contract ‘was the wrong decision’

It’s more than a rumor: Timberwolves star Kevin Love, one of the top players in the NBA, will soon be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After six years with the Timberwolves, Love, one of the NBA’s top 10 players, demanded that he be traded before the beginning of next season. The Timberwolves have failed to qualify for the playoffs the last 11 years. Three years ago, the Timberwolves’ owner, Glen Taylor, decided not to give Love a max-contract; instead, the team signed him to a four-year extension. That decision ultimately created division between the team and its prized star, who started in the 2014 All-Star game. Continue Reading →

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Great WNBA games most worthy of sports talk


To politely say I’m tired of the Kevin Love talk is understating it. First, he pulls out of an MLB celebrity softball game under the guise that he might have been booed, since the game was being played next door from the gym he plays in. Then last week Love announces he’s pulling out of playing with Team USA, reportedly “because of his current status.”

Huh? He’s still under contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves for another year. He’s not a LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, two players who were eligible for free agency. Continue Reading →

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New round of decisions may shake up NBA

Remember the summer of 2010? It will forever be known as the summer of the decision made by LeBron James as a free agent leaving Cleveland and signing with Miami, joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, turning the Heat into an instant title contender. Pat Riley did OK with four straight trips to the NBA Finals, only the third NBA Franchise to accomplish this historic feat. The Big Three – James, Wade and Bosh – did big things in Miami, joining the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls repeating as back-to-back NBA Champions. After failing to win a third consecutive title vs. Continue Reading →

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Many favor cheating for top draft picks

After the NBA draft lottery last week, an ESPN SportsNation online poll asked fans if they’d support their team “tanking” games — losing games virtually on purpose in order to get a better chance for the top overall pick. It was a 50/50 split among the 153,000-plus who responded. However, a further look at the state-by-state instant results was Gomer Pyle-like: Surprise, surprise — 54 percent of Minnesota-based fans favor tanking, as does Utah (53 percent), Wisconsin (58 percent), Michigan (56 percent), New York (57 percent) and Ohio (53 percent). But in a state like Nevada, where the nation’s gambling capital is located, 51 percent said no. These results, although for entertainment purposes only, show a dangerous side to some sports fans: They would rather support de facto cheating for a million-to-one shot at a top draft pick than see consistent, competitive basketball. Continue Reading →

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Playoffs for the Wolves? Forget about it!

The Timberwolves have already guaranteed themselves a better season than last year when they won just 31 games. Not many teams can say that in this town — not the Vikings, Twins, Gophers men’s basketball, Gophers women’ hockey. As for the Wild, we’ll see. The Timberwolves with 34 wins are hanging around the .500 mark. That is good for 10th place in the rugged NBA Western Conference. Continue Reading →

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Timberwolves’ 2014 playoffs shot slipping away!

The 2013-2014 Minnesota Timberwolves season started with great expectations. Celebrating 25 years of NBA Timberwolves basketball for the most part has been a quarter of a century of mediocrity, consistent frustration, disappointment, and unfulfilled excitement. Starting this season, the Timberwolves have missed the playoffs nine years in a row. New Vice President-Part Owner Flip Saunders replaced David Kahn. Saunders, the all-time winningest coach in franchise history, promised a culture change from top to bottom throughout the organization. Continue Reading →

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High-scoring Timberwolves now 7-4

Will this be the year the Timberwolves make a run for a title? Will they return to the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett-Sam Cassell-Latrell Sprewell drove the franchise to the Western Conference Finals? This is year 25 for the Timberwolves to celebrate a quarter of a century of no banners. When I started covering sports in this town back in 1978 the NBA did not exist. After 11 games, the 7-4 Timberwolves are one of the league’s most entertaining teams. They get up and down the floor. Continue Reading →

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Twins turnaround indefinitely postponed

 After the annual media pre-season luncheon, Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan told the two MSR beat writers that the team had to turn things around this season. As it turned out, Ryan appears to have been directionally challenged. The 2013 Twins season concluded on Sunday with a crashing halt, losing their final six contests to finish 30 games below .500 (66-96), its third straight near-100-losses campaign in as many tries. This doesn’t show turnaround progress, but rather stuck-in-reverse regression. Although he has to take some responsibility, it certainly isn’t all Ron Gardenhire’s fault — the Twins on Monday extended his contract through the 2015 season. Continue Reading →

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