The Timberwolves exaggeration ...
Milwaukee Bucks: Grades From 1...
Minnesota Timberwolves they di...
Minnesota Timberwolves Today a...
Minnesota Timberwolves will en...
Thunder 94, Timberwolves 92...
Thunder-Timberwolves, Box...
Wolves' Love, Thunder's Collis...
Trail Blazers' Miller says Six...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Jerry Sloan 20th anniversary g...
OJ Mayo wins InsideHoops fan p...
Timberwolves hire Dean Cooper ...
Timberwolves re-sign Ryan Gome...
Brand has surgury
Brand, Maggette could opt out
Brand, Maggette could opt out
where are you mike?
September 2017
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-21Al Jefferson returned to the Timberwolves Monday ready to play Wednesday.

Gone from the team for nearly a week, Jefferson made his first eight shots and delivered his second double-double of the season with a 20-point, 10-rebound game in a home loss to Houston, the Wolves' 11th consecutive after a season-opening victory.

Jefferson missed losses Friday to Dallas and Saturday at Memphis while he left the team bound for Florida to see his grandmother one last time.

"I got the chance to see her before she died," Jefferson said after Monday's practice. "She died 30 minutes after I got there. That was good for her and me. She told my auntie four days before she died that she was just waiting on me."

Annie Bell Randolph died Thursday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale. She was 83.

"Luckily, I got there just in time," he said. "Thanks to my team, my coach, my GM for understanding and making me feel really comfortable, because at first I didn't want to leave. I was going to wait until Sunday, when we had the day off. Coach let me know it's real important that family come first. It made me feel good about leaving. I'm glad I did."

His arrival earlier Thursday gave him the chance to say goodbye to the woman who raised him.

"Both my grandmothers raised me," Jefferson said. "My daddy died when I was a baby. She met me the day of my daddy's funeral, and she took me in that day. Been with me ever since, 24 years.

"She was the reason why I am the man I am today."

The Wolves sent player-development assistant coach Darrick Martin and a conditioning coach to Florida to work him out every day while he was gone.

"If something like that is weighing on a player's mind, I just believe it's so important to go," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "Especially when you're dealing with family members who had such a huge impact on your life. You've got to do what's right. I just think it was right for him to go spend time with his grandmother."

ROCKETS 97, WOLVES 84: The Wolves lost their 11th consecutive game and now are two away from tying the franchise record for worst start to a season.

The 1994-95 team opened 1-13 in a season when they went 21-61 and used the draft's fifth pick to select a high-school kid named Kevin Garnett the next summer.

Trailing 10 points in the third quarter, Ramon Sessions led a group mostly of reserves on a 13-3 run that briefly gave the Wolves a one-point lead before the Rockets pulled away with a 29-17 fourth quarter.

The Rockets played with more energy and skill just one night after losing at home to Phoenix while the Wolves hadn't played since losing at Memphis on Saturday.

Sessions and reserve forward Oleksiy Pecherov combined to score 28 points. Take away Al Jefferson's 20-point, 10-rebound double-double and those two Wolves reserves outscored the team's other four starters combined (28-26).

Play Basketball Hot Streak and win prizes!

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: November 21, 2009


Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2018.