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What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury. “We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.” Daily Breeze

When Gorgui Dieng is not manning the post for the Timberwolves, he has been studying remotely with the University of Louisville. The Timberwolves center has taken about 10 classes in the past two years to finish his degree in communications. He will graduate in May. "I knew that once you stop, it's hard to go back; that's what a lot of NBA players said," Dieng said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Monday’s game wasn’t carried by FSN back in the Twin Cities, so interested fans needed to catch the Jazz broadcast on the NBA’s League Pass. Jazz announcers said, to paraphrase, that teams purposely losing games to improve draft lottery odds by dressing only seven available players is bad for the league, bad for fans who pay good money to see Kevin Garnett and the league needs to do something about it. Utah fans didn’t see Garnett, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Gary Neal or four other injured Wolves players Monday. They did see newly signed D League guard Sean Kilpatrick make three three-pointers in a fourth-quarter comeback, and they also saw Zach LaVine ignore a mental mistake with the game on the line and make two clutch threes in the final 21 seconds of regulation to force overtime anyway. “That’s totally irresponsible, we’re not tanking games,” Saunders said. “If that’s so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. … We’re playing to win. Our guys are out there: We won two games ago at New York, we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte last night. We’re not tanking games. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for saying stuff like that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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What isn’t as clear: What does Wiggins want going forward? He left at least one hint at the ACC that he wouldn’t mind returning one day as a Raptor. He said it privately, not publicly. But he said it. One side of the story that hasn’t been well-explained: His parents, Mitchell and Marita, have moved from their Vaughan residence to Minnesota. It’s not uncommon for parents of teenage phenoms to want to remain in close proximity to their children. The parents’ move doesn’t indicate that Wiggins will play long-term with the Timberwolves. This is only Wiggins’ rookie year in the NBA. This situation — and a possible return home in the future — will continue to be discussed, officially and unofficially, over the next several years. Toronto Sun

At least he has been since the ESPN Films’ 30-for-30 documentary “I Hate Christian Laettner” first aired last Sunday. Fittingly executive produced and narrated by actor Rob Lowe, the 90-minute film explores why one of the most successful collegiate players of all time — a guy who had it all: looks, smarts and game — was so disliked. And perhaps in some places still is. “I loved it,” he said Saturday. “Every time I see it, I love it more and more. They put it together really good. I can only ask that people give me the benefit of the doubt. I don’t need you to love me. I don’t want you to hate me. But just don’t judge the book by its cover. I’m different now than I was when I was 20 years old, and those were all things that I think got across in the movie. So I really appreciate it.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

For the record, he addressed a local legend: an oft-repeated story that he pointed at each Wolves teammate’s locker one day and said “loser” before ending with “winner” when he got to his. “I don’t know, I can imagine that possibly it happened,” said Laettner, certain it wasn’t in front of teammates if it did happen. “When you’re interviewed every day and you’re tired, you can make mistakes and say the wrong things, especially when you’re young. That’s what the movie did a good job showing: Hey, people mature. They learn. They get better at things. “You’re different when you’re 45 than when you’re 25. If I did say that, it was a horrible thing to say … it was a misbehavior on my part.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic missed his fifth consecutive game Thursday because of that perpetually hurting ankle, and while coach Flip Saunders wouldn’t call him done for the season, he also predicted Pekovic won’t play any time soon. Remember, 14 games now remain after Thursday’s 95-92 overtime victory over the Knicks. “He’s probably going to be out for a while,” Saunders said of Pekovic, who also missed 31 consecutive games from November to January because of that right ankle. “I’m not going to say we’re going to shut him down for the year because who knows what could happen, but right now I don’t see him playing any time in the immediate future.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Timberwolves signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, and he arrived in time to give them the league-mandated eight players in uniform for their game against the New York Knicks. Listing eight players on their injured list, the Wolves didn't just need a player. They needed one who wouldn't take long to get here. "We had to fulfill our rules, so we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. Kilpatrick actually drove, arriving in the Wolves' locker room at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start. He quickly introduced himself to guard Ricky Rubio, who joined the injured ranks Thursday with a sore right ankle. ESPN.com

Kilpatrick, the former University of Cincinnati star whose family is from New York, was close enough. "We had him in before so we worked him out, so we knew about him and we've been following him, but there's no question that geography helped," Saunders said. "We had to have a guy here ready to play at 7:30." Kilpatrick has averaged 13.6 points in 42 games this season with Delaware and Santa Cruz. "We'll be undermanned," Saunders said before the game, "but guys that have complained in the past about playing time won't have to worry about it tonight." ESPN.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract. The Timberwolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot due to having four players out due to injury. Kilpatrick, 25, has averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 42 games this season with Delaware and Santa Cruz of the NBADL. Kilpatrick, 6-4, went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft after a four-year career at the University of Cincinnati. Kilpatrick finished his career with averages of 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 140 contests, earning Second-Team All-America honors his senior season. Kilpatrick was signed by the Golden State Warriors on October 20, 2014 and waived on October 24, 2014 after playing with the Philadelphia 76ers on their 2014 NBA Summer League team. NBA.com

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