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Tom Schreier is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014. Follow Tom on Twitter @tschreier3.

VIDEO: Ryan Saunders, Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones React to Saunders’ Debut...

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-117 in Ryan Saunders' debut as a head coach on Tuesday. "It was a heck of...

Tom Thibodeau Left the Minnesota Timberwolves with a Core That Can...

In February of 2016, four days before the All-Star Game, the Minnesota Timberwolves released a video called the “Rising Wolves Courtside Chat” in an effort to promote their young core. Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine sat side by side in the team’s new practice facility discussing their expectations for the upcoming All-Star Game in Wiggins’ hometown of Toronto. “You guys need a tour of the city, let me know,” Wiggins told Towns and LaVine. “Are you gonna be our tour guide?” deadpanned LaVine. “Nah man, I can get somebody to help you guys out though,” said the typically reticent Wiggins. Towns just sat there, hand over his face, giggling. “Oh, you can’t show us around?” LaVine pressed. “Nah man, I don’t like you guys like that,” answered Wiggins, bashfully. “Daaaang!” exclaimed Towns. “We’re not welcome in the city.” “I’m going right to your house,” LaVine responded, smiling at […]

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VIDEO: Ryan Saunders, Derrick Rose and Karl-Anthony Towns React to the...

Everyone outside of a small circle of decision makers in the Minnesota Timberwolves organization were caught off-guard by the team’s decision to relieve Tom Thibodeau of his duties as president and head coach. For Ryan Saunders, 32, it’s an opportunity to coach the team that his father, Flip, was coach and president of before his tragic passing. “He’d tell me that he was proud of me,” Ryan said when asked what his father would say to him. “He knew this was a goal, eventually. Maybe he didn’t think it would happen this soon or in this unfortunate circumstance, but he’d tell me he’s proud of me.” Although Karl-Anthony Towns and Thibodeau didn’t always see eye-to-eye on on-court issues, he thanked Thibodeau for pushing him and helping him “become a better man.” He said he’s excited to work with Saunders, though, after getting to know him as an assistant throughout the […]

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Midwest Swing: Former Twins Pitching Coach Garvin Alston

Garvin Alston joins us to talk his season with the Twins, the friendliness of the organization, and how impactful Jason Castro's season ending injury...

The Timberwolves are Rejuvenated Post-Butler, but Still Face an Uphill Battle...

Neither team wanted to think of Wednesday’s game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets as a rematch Game 82 last season, and rightfully so. The rosters are different, and the stakes are significantly lower. But Minnesota’s 103-101 loss to Denver on a night when Paul Millsap got hurt and Nikola Jokic was held to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting is a reminder that although this team looks relieved after the Jimmy Butler drama, it still is digging out of the 4-9 hole it sunk itself into to start the season. “Across the board, both offensively and defensively they’re much improved, in all areas,” said Denver head coach Mike Malone before the game. “But to me it just speaks to, um,” he paused to consider his words, “there is probably just a lot more joy in that locker room.” Thibodeau will point to the tough schedule the team faced to […]

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What You See is What You’re Going to Get with the...

It’s hard not to notice the difference in the way the Minnesota Timberwolves are playing since Jimmy Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. They’re sharing the ball, they’re playing defense and, most importantly, they won the first three games since his departure. “Those guys came over with a sense of urgency, and they’re real cool guys on and off the court,” said guard Jeff Teague after practice on Saturday. “We’re gelling right now. We just gotta continue to keep playing hard and together.” Andrew Wiggins suddenly looks like a deep threat who can also score by exploding towards the basket and make defensive plays, and Karl-Anthony Towns is back to his regular double-double production and is blocking shots. Robert Covington and Dario Saric have made an immediate impact, and fans are chanting: “Who Needs Butler?” “When you make a play for somebody else and get them involved in the […]

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Even After a Historic Career, Joe Mauer Leaves Us Wondering ‘What...

In Joe Mauer’s farewell letter announcing his retirement, he presented a “what if” scenario that should resonate with Minnesota Twins fans. After saying that the decision, which he pondered for well over a month after the season ended, was difficult because of his passion for baseball and explaining that the concussion he suffered on a routine play against the Los Angeles Angels in mid-May reminded him of the struggles he faced after his career-altering concussion near the end of the 2013 season, he concluded that the risk of another brain injury was not worth the risk of potentially ruining his life after baseball. “The concussion I experienced that season not only changed my life professionally with a move to first base but changed me personally as well,” he wrote. “I am soon to be a father of three, and I find myself thinking about my future health and its impact […]

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Midwest Swing: Kimball Crossley

This week the Most Interesting Man in Scouting, Kimball Crossley (@crossleykimball) is back once again on Midwest Swing! This week we discuss his scouting...

Midwest Swing: Chad Allen

Today, Chad Allen joins us to talk Byron Buxton, coaching individuals, and hitting the ball! We also talk about Henry Bonilla and his family's current...

Gorgui Dieng Has Found Chemistry, Early Success with Timberwolves Second Unit

Much to his dismay, Gorgui Dieng’s name seems to always be in people’s mouths when they’re discussing the Jimmy Butler trade rumors surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves. While the four-year, $64 million contract he signed in late October two years ago was standard at the time, it has started to look like an albatross now that Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns have had their rookie deals extended and Dieng has started coming off the bench. Dieng started all 82 games in 2016-17, Tom Thibodeau’s first year as head coach and team president, signed the contract midway through the season and did not start in any of the 79 games he played in last season. His minutes played per game dropped nearly in half, from 32.4 two years ago to 16.9 last season, and his production took a similar plunge — from 10 points per game to 5.9. “Coming off the bench […]

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