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Wolves, Mayo Clinic Leading NBA-Wide Study Of COVID-19 Antibodies

May 20, 2020 10:55 AM

The Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Timberwolves are spearheading an NBA-wide study that aims to establish what percentage of NBA players, coaches, executives and staff have developed antibodies to COVID-19. The initiative is supported by the league office and the NBPA. It is expected to have the participation of all 30 teams.

When Gersson Rosas was hired to run the Wolves, he hired Dr. Robby Sikka to help the franchise use data to optimize the health of players. Sikka is serving as the intermediary between the Wolves and the Mayo Clinic.

"We are learning about this disease," Sikka said. "We have learned a lot in two months. So if we can take the next two months, learn on the fly, mitigate risk, then we can move pretty quickly to do the right things to have safe play."

Stanford University conducted a similar study for Major League Baseball employees in mid-April. That study found that just 0.7% of that population tested positive for antibodies.

In this study, blood samples will be collected using the finger prick method and blood draws. According to a memo that was sent to teams and reviewed by ESPN, the Mayo Clinic hopes the study will help validate the less invasive method, making it easier for widespread antibody testing in the general public.

"I think teams are obligated to do something right for their communities before they do right for anybody else," Sikka said.

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Timberwolves To Participate In Antibody Study For Mayo Clinic

May 16, 2020 2:47 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be one of the first teams to participate in the Mayo Clinic's antibody study.

The research study is centered around studying the antibodies of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes of potentially finding a vaccine. 

The Blazers are also participating in the research study. 

Several league figures who have recovered from the virus have donated their plasma for medical research.  

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D'Angelo Russell: Minnesota Is Where I'm Supposed To Be

May 14, 2020 12:50 PM

D'Angelo Russell has not lived in the same city for more than two years since he was a freshman in high school. Russell left Louisville before his sophomore season of high school and has since lived in Montverde, Fla., Columbus, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, San Francisco and now Minneapolis. 

The Timberwolves had dozens of employees waiting for Russell when he arrived to welcome him at the airport.

“From what I’ve been through previous years to where I come from in childhood, people don’t show their love and support for you like this, at this magnitude (when you first arrive),” Russell told The Athletic. “People don’t do that. For the organization to put something like that together, for me to feel that love and support right away, I was just like, ‘This has to be documented.’ That was the first thing I thought of.”

The Wolves paid a big price to acquire Russell from the Warriors and they believe he can be their co-star to Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I’m like, OK,” he said, “this is where I’m supposed to be.”

“His whole career, you look at it and it feels like he wasn’t wanted, whether he put himself in that position or whatever the situation was,” Towns said in March. “It just never felt like he was wanted, and he could feel it.”

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Gersson Rosas Wants Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez To Be With Team 'For A Long, Long Time'

May 3, 2020 12:37 PM

Gersson Rosas said that he wants Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez to be with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the long-term.

Beasley and Hernangomez, who were traded to the Wolves at the trade deadline, are both free agents this summer.

"We want those guys to be Timberwolves for a long, long time. Hopefully, for the rest of their careers," said Rosas, addressing the state of the team on radio.

Beasley averaged 20.7 points with the Wolves, with Hernangomez averaging 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Rosas also suggested that the Wolves could be aggressive on draft night, describing having as many as 3 picks in the top 33 "the most draft capital" in the league.

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Karl-Anthony Towns' Mother Passes Away Due To COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020 4:08 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns' mother, Jacqueline Cruz, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Cruz was placed in a medically induced coma last month.

– a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister aunt and friend,” a family spokesperson said in a statement released by the Wolves. “The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery, caring extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met. Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”

Towns' father, Karl Sr., had also tested positive for COVID-19 but has been recovering.

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett Voted Into Hall Of Fame On First Ballot

Apr 4, 2020 12:04 PM

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as first ballot inductees.

Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Patrick Baumann, Barbara Stevens, Kim Mulkey and Eddie Sutton have also been named to the Hall of Fame.

“No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” said Jeanie Buss. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched. Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles – and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the gameNo one deserves it more.”

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Karl-Anthony Towns' Mother In Medically Induced Coma Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

Mar 25, 2020 11:27 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns has announced that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator due to complications from what he believes to be COVID-19.

"I think it's important that everyone understands the severity of what's happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video and give you an update of where I'm at," Towns said during a nearly six-minute video posted to Instagram. "I was told early last week my parents weren't feeling well. My first reaction to her was to go seek medical attention immediately. There's no reason to wait, just go to the nearest hospital. And after a couple days of not showing any signs of improvement, I was very adamant on the first day to go to a hospital and seek further evaluation.

"Specifically, my sister told her she needs to get checked for corona. I don't think anyone really understood what it was, with deteriorating condition. She kept getting worse, she kept getting worse, and the hospital was doing everything they can."

"She just wasn't getting better," Towns continued. "Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe go down to 101.9 with the meds, and then immediately spike back up during the night. She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. She was deteriorating -- and we always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that's going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done."

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Donatas Motiejunas Received Interest From Suns, Wolves, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Mar 10, 2020 9:51 PM

Donatas Motiejunas received interest from the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

Motiejunas has been on a hiatus from the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shanghai Sharks.

Motiejunas last played in the NBA at the end of last season with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Karl-Anthony Towns To Be Re-Evaluated In Two Weeks

Mar 7, 2020 2:47 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns will miss at least another two weeks as he recovers from a broken wrist.

Towns, who has avoided surgery thus far, will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Timberwolves are 3-6 since an MRI revealed Towns' injury on February 10th. 

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Timberwolves Agree To Buyout Allen Crabbe

Feb 29, 2020 5:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to buyout Allen Crabbe's contract, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Crabbe, who will be playoff eligible for his new team, is averaging 3.2 points this season. 

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Wolves Fined $25,000 For D'Angelo Russell Rest Violation

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Karl-Anthony Towns Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Wrist

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Karl-Anthony Towns Out Indefinitely With Wrist Injury

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Evan Turner To Workout With Clippers

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Wolves Haven't Considered Firing Ryan Saunders

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Malik Beasley Following Timberwolves Debut: 'I'm Pushing To Get Into The Playoffs'

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Steve Kerr: Wolves Needed Andrew Wiggins To Be A Star, We're Not Asking Him To Be A Star

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Karl-Anthony Towns: D'Angelo Russell Will Be Incentive For Me To Stay With Wolves

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Lowe: D'Angelo Russell Didn't Have A Lot Of Trade Value Beyond Wolves

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Wolves Trade Gorgui Dieng To Grizzlies For James Johnson

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Warriors Trade D'Angelo Russell To Wolves For Andrew Wiggins, 2021 FRP, 2021 SRP

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Knicks Remain Interested In Trade For D'Angelo Russell

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Rockets, Wolves, Nuggets, Hawks Agree To Trade Involving Clint Capela, Robert Covington

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Warriors Break Off D'Angelo Russell Trade Talks With Wolves

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Warriors Seeking Unprotected 2021 First Round Pick In D'Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins Deal

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Andrew Wiggins Likely Would Need To Be Included In Any Trade For D'Angelo Russell

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Hawks, Rockets, Wolves Discuss Clint Capela, Robert Covington Three-Way Trade

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Robert Covington Likely To Be Traded With Mavericks, Rockets, Bucks Interested

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Wolves Reject Trade Offer From Mavericks On Robert Covington

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Gersson Rosas Says Karl-Anthony Towns Is 'As Untouchable As They Come'

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