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MINNEAPOLIS — Shao Ting described herself as excited and nervous as Lynx training camp opened Sunday. This is the first taste of the WNBA for the 6-foot forward from China, though Shao has played with and against WNBA competition before as captain of the Chinese national team that lost to the U.S. in the group stage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Maybe the luck of the Timberwolves' franchise is changing. Or maybe it's not. Either way, Minnesota did have a stroke of good fortune Tuesday, April 18, winning the draft tiebreaker over the New York Knicks to give the Wolves the No. 6 spot in the NBA's pre-lottery draft order. Minnesota and New York finished the season with identical 31-51 records. Winning the tiebreaker, determined live on NBA TV, means is that if neither the Knicks or Wolves move into the top 3 when the draft lottery is held May 16, Minnesota will draft one spot ahead of New York.
MINNEAPOLIS—Andrew Wiggins admitted it was a gut punch when the Timberwolves were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday night. "That's everyone's goal going into the season, to make the playoffs," Wiggins said. That was especially the case this year for Minnesota. Sporting a young, talented core, every player was talking playoffs prior to training camp last fall. In that regard, the Wolves officially have failed for the 13th straight season, and many fans will view this year as a bust regardless of what happens down the stretch.
MINNEAPOLIS—After days of trade rumors and speculation, most of which revolved around Ricky Rubio, Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves chose to stand pat as the NBA trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon. "You're talking to everyone," said Thibodeau, the Wolves coach and president of basketball operations. "There's different things that are thrown around, but we didn't feel anything was close or made sense for us."
ST. PAUL — Wild owner Craig Leipold was at the outdoor game played between the University of Minnesota and Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium in January 2014. He was...