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February 24, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves have released an additional 1,000 tickets for Kevin Garnett's return. Garnett will put on a Timberwolves uniform again when Minnesota plays host to Washington on Wednesday night. ESPN.com

Minnesota was an early adopter of SportVU player tracking, installing cameras in the Target Center for the 2011-12 season in a project spearheaded by manager of basketball analytics Matt Bollero. But that effort predated Saunders' return to the Timberwolves organization. In particular, according to a source, Saunders eschews analytics in terms of game planning, and he favors inefficient shot distribution. Only the Washington Wizards -- Saunders' former team -- have a higher ratio of midrange attempts to 3-pointers. That's not a new trend. In Saunders' 17 seasons as an NBA head coach, only the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons attempted 3s at a rate higher than league average. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Garnett is expected to immediately become Cultural Minister of the Wolves. He's unofficially in charge of changing the attitude, the habits, the expectations of the young team. The locker room will become something like Father Flanagan's Boys Town -- home for wayward boys -- with Garnett starring in the title role. "He changed their culture," Saunders said of Garnett's time with the Boston Celtics. "Doc (Rivers) told me that. They had veteran players and everything else, but when he went in the locker room, the music was cut off and everything." St. Paul Pioneer Press

The NBA team’s fans are buzzing again with last week’s announcement that the 38-year-old Garnett would play his first game for the team since being acquired from the Brooklyn Nets last week on Wednesday night. What’s the “KG Effect” for fans? Here are the pre-trade prices for the next couple of games: The increases are impacting the lower priced tickets most. Prices are up 63 percent for the most expensive seats on the sidelines the lower bowl at Target Center, 105% in the corners, 134% on the ends. MPRNews

February 21, 2015 Updates

When he reached junior-high school and became a Wolves ball boy, Saunders spent countless hours shagging missed shots for a young star who on Thursday returned to the franchise that drafted him 20 years ago. Garnett still is its all-time leader in games played, minutes played, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and points, and all by a large margin. “Outside of my mother and father, I learned more from him on how to carry yourself, how to be a professional and how to be disciplined in life,” Saunders said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN TIMBERWOLVES HISTORY

Kevin Garnett remains unquestionably the No. 1 player in franchise history. The other Kevin can no longer threaten that position.

   

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