Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Hosts 10th Annual Give Thanks Event

November 21, 2014

What:   The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is hosting its annual Give Thanks event as part of Operation Minnesota Heroes Month, presented by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation and POPP Communications. During the event, several Wolves players and basketball operations staff will serve a Thanksgiving-style dinner to 150 active military members and veterans.

Who:    Wolves players Anthony Bennett, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic as well as President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders, General Manager Milt Newton, assistant coach Ryan Saunders and mascot Crunch.

Where: SEVEN Steakhouse, 700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis           

When:  Monday, November 24

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

              Timberwolves players attending from 7 – 8 p.m.

Kevin Martin Injury Update

November 21, 2014

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken at Mayo Clinic Square on Kevin Martin’s right wrist revealed a fracture. He will be sidelined indefinitely. Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.

The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.

Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line.

Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation to Auction Game-Worn Jerseys After Nov. 26 Game vs. Milwaukee

November 20, 2014

Minnesota Timberwolves fans have an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece of Wolves memorabilia during the team’s post game jersey auction on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Following the game against Milwaukee, fans in attendance are invited to the lower bowl of Target Center to place bids on the game-worn Wolves jerseys.

Authentic jerseys from any inactive Wolves players that game will also be up for bid. All proceeds benefit the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and support its hands-on programs that impact Minnesota youth.

Winning bidders then have the opportunity to have their jersey autographed and meet the player on Dec. 12 when the Wolves take on Oklahoma City at Target Center. Winners receive two lower level tickets to attend the game. After the game, they will be escorted backstage to receive their jersey, meet the player, get their jersey autographed and have a photo taken.

About the FastBreak Foundation

The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Through giving, education and basketball opportunities, the Foundation enables young people to make responsible decisions, contribute to their futures, and experience lifelong memories. In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact 2,146 organizations with $842,790 in in-kind donations, 20,000 Tickets for Kids donations, 3,107 volunteer hours, 53 community members honored on-court, and 15 grants distributed.

Timberwolves Host Military Night on Nov. 19

November 17, 2014

The Minnesota Timberwolves are holding their annual Military Night on Wednesday, Nov. 19 when the team returns to Target Center to host the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. The night is highlighted by a military color guard, on-court presentations and recognition of all branches of the military. The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has donated 5,000 tickets to military members and their families to attend the game and participate in the evening’s salute to service.

The in-game Military Night elements include the following:

-       Pregame – Color Guard, moment of silence and Gold Star Family recognition. A Gold Star Family is one that has lost a loved one while in active duty in the Armed Forces

-       1st quarter, 2nd timeout – Recognition of all military branches represented at the game

-       2nd quarter, 3rd timeout – Heroes of the Pack honored

-       3rd quarter, 1st timeout – Heroes in the Making recognized

The game’s Heroes in the Making include the father-son combo of WWII veteran Joe Kovar and his son Vietnam veteran Dr. Joe Kovar. During WWII, Joe Kovar served in the 26th Yankee Division under General George Patton. He served on D-Day in 1944, landing on Omaha Beach. He went on to fight in the Battle of Cherbourg and the Battle of the Bulge. His tour of duty took him across Germany and into Austria where he assisted in the liberation of four concentration camps. He is a Purple Heart recipient and belongs to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. His son, Chief Warrant Officer Dr. Kovar served as a combat helicopter pilot in Thu Li, Vietnam, where he was shot down twice. Dr. Kovar is also a recipient of the prestigious Purple Heart, in addition to his many other honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

The featured deal of the game is a slouch camo Wolves hat from adidas, discounted to $15. The deal of the game will be available for purchase in the Wolves Pro Shop and merchandise stands in Target Center.

Military Night marks the Wolves’ first true home game since November 1. Every November the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation holds Operation Minnesota Heroes Month, presented by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation and POPP Communications. Throughout the month the Timberwolves focus on honoring Minnesota’s military members through a variety of in-game elements, special events and grants.

Timberwolves Statement Regarding the Passing of Thaddeus Young’s Mother, Lula Hall

November 14, 2014

The following statement was released today by the Minnesota Timberwolves organization on the passing of Lula Hall, Thaddeus Young’s mother: 

“The Timberwolves organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Lula Hall, Thaddeus Young’s mother. The Timberwolves send our condolences to the Young and Hall families in this difficult time. Thad will be away from the team with his family for an indefinite period of time, including tonight’s game at New Orleans and Saturday night’s game at Dallas.”

Ricky Rubio Injury Update

November 8, 2014

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken this morning on Ricky Rubio’s left ankle confirmed a significant sprain. He will be sidelined indefinitely. A further update will be provided when appropriate.

The injury occurred at the 2:28 mark of the second quarter.

Through five games this season Rubio is averaging 9.4 points, 10.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game.

Timberwolves Sign Ricky Rubio to Multi-Year Extension

November 3, 2014

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the club has signed guard Ricky Rubio to a multi-year contract extension.

“We are excited to sign Ricky to a contract extension and keep him as a foundation for years to come,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Flip Saunders. “He is annually among the league leaders in assists and steals, and his intangibles make him a very valuable player to our team. Ricky is only in his fourth season and because of his work ethic and determination, we are confident that he will continue to grow as a player and a team leader. We look forward to many great years ahead of Ricky in a Timberwolves uniform.”

“I am happy to be staying with the Wolves and look forward to many successful seasons in Minnesota,” Rubio said. “Our fans have been great and I am excited to be able to play in front of them for many years. I will continue to work hard to improve my game and help our team get better.”

“This has been a long process and I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “We drafted Ricky over three years ago and had to wait two years for him to come over. He came to us with such high expectations and he immediately proved why we were so high on him. Unfortunately he got hurt at the end of his rookie season, but he has worked so hard to come back and we believe he has a long and successful career ahead of him. He’s a great foundation for our franchise and we’re very happy to keep Ricky here long term to work and grow with the young nucleus that we have.”

Rubio completed his third season in the NBA last year by averaging 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 8.6 assists – good for fourth in the NBA and the top single-season figure by a Minnesota player since Terrell Brandon’s 8.9 apg average in 1999-2000. He tied the club single-game assist record by dishing out 17 helpers on Feb. 19, 2014 vs. Indiana. The 6-4 guard ranks 4th among all players with 59 double-digit assist games since the start of the 2011-12 season and his 1473 total assists since the 2011-12 season ranks fifth in the NBA. Rubio has registered three career triple-doubles, tying him with Kevin Love for second on the Wolves all-time list.

Rubio registered a career-high and franchise-record 190 steals last season, including an NBA-high 10 games with 5+ steals. Rubio has finished second in steals per game in each of the last two seasons, including a single-season franchise record mark of 2.4 spg a season ago. His 421 steals since he entered the NBA are the second-most (Chris Paul, 478) over that span.

The Barcelona, Spain native was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after playing professionally overseas since 2005. He signed with the Wolves prior to the 2011-12 season and finished runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 41 games.


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