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Timberwolves Talk

Timberwolves Talk

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.


Episode 26: Listen: Everything you need to know about the Jimmy Butler situation

After recently demanding that the Wolves trade him, All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is a bigger celebrity right now than he’s ever been.

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.


Episode 25: Listen: Royce White on mental health and being 'blackballed from the NBA'

Listen: Royce White on mental health and being 'blackballed from the NBA'

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.


Episode 24: Listen: After the draft, what do the Timberwolves do in free agency?

Listen: After the draft, what do the Timberwolves do in free agency?

Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand assess the Timberwolves' offseason after last week's draft and heading into the start of free agency.


Episode 23: Listen: Here's the Wolves' draft and free agency blueprint for success

Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) drives against South Dakota State guard Reed Tellinghuisen (23) during the first half of a first-round game i

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.


Episode 22: Listen: After season of improvement for Wolves, an offseason of questions

Andrew Wiggins

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.


Episode 22: Listen: It's the first playoff edition of Timberwolves Talk podcast

Listen: It's the first playoff edition of Timberwolves Talk podcast

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.


Episode 21: Listen: With playoffs on the line, Jimmy Butler eyes return for Wolves

Listen: With playoffs on the line, Jimmy Butler eyes return for Wolves

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.


Episode 19: Listen: After ugly loss to Memphis, will Wolves even make the playoffs?

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns defended Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the first quarter.

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.


Episode 18: Listen: On the Timberwolves, the crowded West and Wiggins' role

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) scored over Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the first half at Target Center Sunda

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.


Episode 17: Listen: Why did the Timberwolves sign Derrick Rose?

Listen: Why did the Timberwolves sign Derrick Rose?

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.


Episode 16: Listen: Post-break stretch could define Timberwolves' season

Tom Thibodeau

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?


Episode 15: Listen: After quiet trade deadline, what should Timberwolves do?

Listen: After quiet trade deadline, what should Timberwolves do?

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?


Episode 14: Listen: Can the Timberwolves keep a losing slide from becoming a streak?

Orlando Magic's Arron Afflalo, left, gets into a fight with Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica, center, as D.J. Augustin, right, comes in to help

Intro: Two ugly losses after a huge home stand have put the Timberwolves in a vulnerable position. ... 10:00: The Wolves aren't built well to compete against Houston. Can they beef up their roster? 19:00: Four tough games in a row will test Minnesota's resolve. 24:00: Will Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler be All-Stars?


Episode 13: Listen: Tyus dunking on LeBron part of signature victory for Wolves

Tyus Jones (1) dunked the ball while being chased by LeBron James (23) in the first half.

Intro: The Wolves blasted the Cavs. How did they do it? 10:00: Should Minnesota set its sights higher than just the No. 4 seed? 15:00: Jeff Teague should be back soon. How should the Wolves adjust accordingly? 23:00: Trading deadline is a month away. Is there anything the Wolves could do to become big-time contenders?


Episode 12: Listen: As Timberwolves enter critical stretch, how will they respond?

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) looks to pass away from Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) and DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half of a

Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins hops in to talk about the Wolves' recent improved play. 15:00: Tyus or Teague? This is an interesting month for that debate. 22:00: Minnesota is entering a critical stretch of games.


Episode 11: Listen: As Jimmy Butler ascends, Andrew Wiggins continues to fade

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, front, drives past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the first half of an NBA basketball game W

Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford have been terrific lately in two important wins, but Andrew Wiggins' struggles have continued. What's going on? We also answer reader questions about Nemanja Bjelica, Justin Patton and the idea that Wolves fans still seem annoyed in the midst of this franchise's best season in years.


Episode 10: Listen: Cracking the Timberwolves' rotation, KG the owner and more

Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng block Kings forward Zach Randolph

Intro: Rejoice -- Marcus Georges-Hunt played 17 minutes Thursday. ... But now Jamal Crawford wants to play more, too? 12:00: A motivated KAT is a very good KAT. 20:00: KG opens old wounds, talks about owning the Wolves. 27:00: Is the Wiggins slump over?


Episode 9: Listen: 25 games into the season, the Timberwolves look tired

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Jam-packed episode featuring talk about: Wolves' slow pace of play; Thibodeau doesn't need a bench, he just needs 3 chairs; Karl-Anthony Towns looks tired; this is becoming Jimmy Butler's team; Tyus vs. Teague; maybe try making a trade?; long home stand should tell us a lot


Episode 8: Listen: The Wolves are on a 50-win pace, but is anyone happy?

Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunked the ball in the first half.against Dallas earlier this season.

Intro: The sky is falling, until it isn't. 7:00: Teague outplays Rubio (again).12:00: Karl-Anthony Towns has the highest defensive rating on the Wolves. He also is in favor of medical marijuana in the NBA. 20:00: Jimmy Butler has been awfully quiet so far. 30:00: Time for a winning streak?


Episode 7: Listen: Jimmy Butler is a winner unless he's on a canoe

A 7-3 Wolves record sparks a smile in Jimmy Butler, right, who has committed to putting the team first.

Intro: Quick breakdown of Wolves vs. Warriors matchup Wednesday; 6:00: Jimmy Butler is deferring to his teammates a lot, and he's really bad on a canoe. 17:00: The Teague-Rubio debate is tilting in a different direction. 25:00: Can the Wolves duplicate this strong 10-game start in the next 10 games.