Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda joins Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of an NBA season into a series of short sprints. The Wolves are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.
Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect Sunday's firing of head coach and president Tom Thibodeau plus the promotion and Tuesday debut of interim coach Ryan Saunders. What does Saunders need to do to keep the job full-time? And which players stand to benefit the most from the change?
Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the 0-4 road trip, the 180-degree return to Target Center against Sacramento, the Josh Okogie phenomenon, Andrew Wiggins' season ... and the catalog of singer-songwriter Carole King.
Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' 9-3 record since the Jimmy Butler trade, which included a 26-point game from Andrew Wiggins in their most recent win. Is it OK to get excited yet if you're a Wolves fan? Sure, but the schedule gets tougher with 10 of the next 13 on the road.
Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the Timberwolves' defense, which has been the best in the NBA since Robert Covington and Dario Saric arrived. Is this sustainable? And how much credit should Tom Thibodeau get for all this?
Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the new-look Timberwolves, who are in the top-5 in the NBA in defensive rating since trading Jimmy Butler. Can they keep it up, and how will the suddenly deep rotation shake itself out?
Michael Rand and Chris Hine look at the factors that led the Wolves to finally trade Jimmy Butler, ending more than seven weeks of drama. They also look at the two key players the Wolves received in return and conclude that Robert Covington and Dario Saric could be pretty good fits here.
Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss Houston's reported offer of four first-round picks for Jimmy Butler, while also wondering if Miami will get back into the mix on a possible deal. They also broke down the good (Josh Okogie's energy) and bad (Karl-Anthony Towns' rough shooting start) of what's transpired on the court through seven games.
On the latest Timberwolves Talk podcast, Chris Hine and Michael Rand attempt to preview the Wolves season -- only to find that the way the preseason has played out makes that virtually impossible. Where do the Wolves and Jimmy Butler stand with the season set to tip off Wednesday?
On the first Timberwolves Talk podcast episode since Chris Hine took over the beat and Michael Rand took over as Wolves editor, the focus was pretty simple: Breaking down from all angles the Jimmy Butler trade saga.
Former Minnesota high school basketball standout and 2012 NBA first-round pick Royce White joins Michael Rand for a discussion about mental health in society, mental health in sports and how he believes he has been blackballed from the NBA as a result of his advocacy.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand assess the Timberwolves' offseason after last week's draft and heading into the start of free agency.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand preview Thursday's NBA Draft, in which the Timberwolves have the No. 20 pick, and debate what to do with the selection. They also delve into Andrew Wiggins trade speculation and potential free agent moves when the new league year begins July 1.
On the latest episode, Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand wrap up the Wolves' 47-win season and five-game playoff loss to Houston, weigh in on Jerry's interview with owner Glen Taylor and mull over what sort of offseason moves -- including a potential Andrew Wiggins trade -- might be on the horizon.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand break down the Timberwolves' big victory over Denver that earned the franchise its first trip to the playoffs since 2003-04.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand discuss Jimmy Butler's return to practice, his comments about the Wolves being too soft, the tight Western Conference playoff race and even the debut of rookie Justin Patton.
In a jam-packed episode, Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand talk about the ugly loss to Memphis, Tom Thibodeau's inflexibility with playing time, Jimmy Butler's possible return and the suddenly precarious playoff positioning of the Timberwolves.
Intro: The Timberwolves won a pair of important games against Golden State and Washington, but two more big ones loom against San Antonio and Houston; 10:00: Tiebreakers and schedule are in the Wolves' favor; 15:00: Is Andrew Wiggins OK with his role in the offense? 20:00: The Derrick Rose experiment is off to a slow start.
Intro: The Timberwolves signed Derrick Rose on Thursday. How does the point guard fit into a team that seemingly has greater needs and is embarking on a tough stretch of games? 17:00: What is the timetable for Jimmy Butler's return? 23:00: Recapping the wild night, including Jeff Teague's hip check of Ricky Rubio, against Utah.
Intro: The Wolves have a tough stretch of games, starting Friday at Houston. 8:00: Jimmy Butler sat out the All-Star Game. What was up with that? 13:00: Will the Wolves make any moves before next week's postseason roster deadline? 20:00: Can Andrew Wiggins make strides in the final 21 games?
Intro: The Cavaliers broke the Wolves' hearts, then they broke up their roster. 5:00: Jerry Zgoda is the one person aside from Tom Thibodeau who is open to the idea of Derrick Rose on the Wolves; 10:00: Some other buyout candidates to join the Wolves; 16:00: Jimmy Butler's return to Chicago, with the Wolves facing a bunch of former teammates; 22:00: What is the overall outlook heading toward the All-Star break?