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Zach LaVine, and the quest to become more than “just a dunker”

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He’s skilled and world-class athletic, but can Zach LaVine put the whole package together?

Zach LaVine just trying to read as slam dunk incites pandemonium among Kevin Durant, friends

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The reigning Slam Dunk champ is unimpressed.

A conversation with Sam Mitchell about coaching and leadership

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The Wolves assistant coach who helped bring along a young Kevin Garnett took the time to talk about leadership as a coach and as a player.

Summer League Stuff: Wolves upend Lakers 81-68

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Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones got their first dose of NBA action, but it was Zach LaVine and others who had big nights for the Wolves.

Timberwolves Announce 2015 Summer League Roster

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Rookies-to-be Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones will be joined by some familiar faces to past Wolves Summer League squads.

Roster Review: Zach LaVine

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Consider for a moment how different Zach LaVine’s rookie year could have looked. Selected 13th in last year’s draft, LaVine was the Wolves’ big draft night get, a lanky yet unbelievably athletic guard who didn’t start for UCLA in his lone season there. But Flip Saunders said, “Sometimes you have to try and hit a […]

Timberwolves 101, Warriors 110: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to watch a late-season Wolves game, and the wisdom to stick around for Zach LaVine in the fourth quarter

As the camera panned over a dusk shot of Oracle Arena framed by shiny graphics promising a scintillating late-season matchup between the Western Conference’s best team and one of its worst, my wife helpfully pointed out that the records of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors were nearly a palindrome: 15-64, 65-14. Wolves […]

Timberwolves 99, Lakers 101: It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken

Twenty minutes after a 2-point overtime loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Zach LaVine sat in front of his locker, putting on a floridly color-blocked sock inside out. It was LaVine’s foul on Jordan Clarkson that sent Clarkson to the line with 0.3 seconds left in the extra period to seal the win and […]

Raptors 105, Timberwolves 100: Lorenzo (Sisyphus) Brown

The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. – Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus Lorenzo Brown was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 52nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He played with their summer league team in Las Vegas before coming […]

Timberwolves 106, Nets 122: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Basketball Game

With apologies to Wallace Stevens. I A skeleton crew of wolves — leaderless, bereft of energy, stripped raw by the road — came back, but not home. II For a team to suffer from defensive breakdowns, first there must be a defense. III Plus/minus is a stat that depends a lot on context, except when […]