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MINNEAPOLIS—Fans got a peek at the vintage Derrick Rose in Minnesota's loss to Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 19. In 32 minutes, Rose poured in 28 points to go with five assists and five rebounds. Or was it vintage at all? Maybe that's the type of production Rose can deliver on a regular basis? He was one of the best players on the floor during the Wolves' first-round playoff series against Houston in the spring.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Timberwolves' bench was major liability for much of last season, but Minnesota might have found a winning combo this season. There's Tyus Jones directing traffic, Derrick Rose breaking down defenses, Anthony Tolliver spacing the floor, Gorgui Dieng doing a little bit of everything and then the secret ingredient ... Jimmy Butler.
MINNEAPOLIS—An offseason filled with discontent, a massive contract extension and a high-profile, hyper-public trade request officially comes to an end for the Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Oct. 17, when they open the 2018-19 season in San Antonio. And Jimmy Butler is slated to be there for it.
Will Jimmy Butler be traded?
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves snapped a 14-year playoff drought last season, supposedly ending their fans' suffering. Then came this offseason. Still, after months of drama and turbulence, the Timberwolves enter this season with a possibility of making a second straight postseason appearance. But there are more than a few things that need to go their way: Jimmy Butler stays
MINNEAPOLIS—For better or worse, Jimmy Butler's presence changes Timberwolves practice. The all-NBA guard brings a fire and energy that's difficult to replicate. Sometimes, it can lead to the drama that unfolded Wednesday, when Butler went at teammates, coaches and front-office members in his first practice with the team since he asked to be traded.
MINNEAPOLIS — On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Timberwolves held an emotionally-charged practice headed by Jimmy Butler, who made his return to the court with the team he wants to be traded from. Butler reportedly challenged teammates, coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. Shortly thereafter, Butler conducted an interview with ESPN in which he aired all of his issues and history with the team for all to see. In that interview, Butler confirmed he would also attend Thursday's practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves all-star guard Jimmy Butler briefly practiced with the team Wednesday and reportedly made his presence felt, to put it lightly. Butler scrimmaged with the Wolves for less than an hour Wednesday, according to a source. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that during practice Butler verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the Wolves front office, specifically targeting coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Butler reportedly turned to Layden during the scrimmage and screamed “you (bleeping) need me.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves certainly look like they miss Jimmy Butler. Since scoring a surprise win over Golden State in its preseason opener, Minnesota has been less than impressive, and that's putting it kindly. The Wolves haven't stopped anyone, haven't moved the ball and haven't won any of their past three games. Andrew Wiggins has been largely ineffective and Karl-Anthony Towns has yet to record a positive plus-minus this preseason. It is just preseason, but it is also a bad look.
EAGAN, Minn. — No one in the Vikings organization wants to run the ball more than offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Or so he says. His play calling suggests quite the opposite. Through five weeks, the Vikings have run the ball on 29.8 percent of their offensive plays. That would shatter the lowest run-ratio of the Mike Zimmer-era, which came in 2014 when the Vikings ran the ball 44.8 percent of the time.