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Knicks’ Derek Fisher Fires Back at People Complaining About Team’s Win Streak

Knicks’ Derek Fisher Fires Back at People Complaining About Team’s Win Streak Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks seemed all but certain to get the most ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery by securing the worst record in the NBA. But after a two-game winning streak that is no longer guaranteed, and head coach Derek Fisher doesn't care. "I'm sure people are upset with us," Fisher said. "But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together." Securing the worst record gives you a 25% chance of getting the number one pick, and guarantees a top-4 pick. If the Thunder beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday, they clinch the worst record in the league. If the Knicks beat the Pistons and the Sixers lose to the Heat on Wednesday, then they tie for the second-worst mark in the NBA. "That has no bearing on these guys' lives and their careers and their livelihoods -- who we pick next year," Fisher said. "This is about them, and they went out and played that way." The Knicks haven't had the number one pick since 1985 when they drafted Patrick Ewing. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Timberwolves’ Point Guard Ricky Rubio to Have Ankle Surgery

Timberwolves’ Point Guard Ricky Rubio to Have Ankle Surgery Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Ricky Rubio's injury-riddled season has officially come to an end. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that the point guard will undergo ankle surgery on Monday, thus ending his season. Rubio sprained his ankle earlier this season, and it wound up derailing his production as he appeared in just 22 games for the Timberwolves this year. “We have closely monitored the status of Ricky’s ankle injury during the rehabilitation process," The Timberwolves said in a statement. "Ricky recently experienced ongoing soreness in his left ankle and it became apparent that it was not responding according to its anticipated timeline for recovery. As part of this process we sought numerous opinions as to the best course of action. Ricky was most recently seen by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles and it was concluded that the best option would be to pursue diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle." Rubio averaged 10.3 points and 8.8 assists for the team this season. He is expected to be ready for training camp for next season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Pekovic Will Have Achilles Surgery

Pekovic Will Have Achilles Surgery NBA via Minnesota Timberwolves(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will undergo a debridement and repair of his right achilles which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.Pekovic's surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 8.The 29-year-old Pekovic signed a five-year, $60 million contract with Minnesota in August 2013. Since then he's only played in 85 games due to various injuries.Pekovic already missed over two and a half months with an ankle injury this season.The 6-foot-11, 285-pound Pekovic has played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Power forward Kevin Garnett will return to the team with which he began his career. Garnett agreed to drop his no-trade clause and he accepted a trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young. The trade will give Garnett the chance to play out what might be his 20th and final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him back in 1995 out of high school. Garnett guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in the franchise's history, and he won the MVP in 2004 while leading them to the Western Conference Finals.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 114 (18-32) – Detroit Pistons 109 (19-31) Atlanta Hawks 105 (41-9) – Washington Wizards 96 (31-19) Boston Celtics 104 (18-30) – Denver Nuggets 100 (19-31) Brooklyn Nets 109 (20-28) – Toronto Raptors 93 (33-17) Houston Rockets 101 (34-15) – Chicago Bulls 90 (30-20) Milwaukee Bucks 113 (27-22) – Los Angeles Lakers 105 (13-36) Minnesota Timberwolves 102 (9-40) – Miami Heat 101 (21-28) Oklahoma City Thunder 102 (25-24) – New Orleans Pelicans 91 (26-23) San Antonio Spurs 110 (31-18) – Orlando Magic 103 (15-37) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 72 (19-3) – Georgia Tech 66 (10-12) (7) Villanova 70 (20-2) – Marquette 52 (10-12) (10) Notre Dame 71 (21-3) – Boston College 63 (9-12) (16) Wichita State 62 (20-3) – Bradley 59 (7-17) (17) Maryland 64 (19-4) – Penn State 58 (14-9) (18) VCU 72 (18-4) – George Mason 60 (7-14) (19) Baylor 77 (17-5) – TCU 57 (14-8) Purdue 60 (15-8) – (20) Ohio State 58 (17-6) Oklahoma State 65 (15-7) – (25) Texas 63 (14-8) OT NHL: New York Rangers 3 (30-15-4; 64pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (27-17-7; 61pts) Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (29-14-8; 66pts) – Edmonton Oilers 0 (14-29-9; 37pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 99 (27-20) – Portland Trail Blazers 94 (32-14) Philadelphia 76ers 89 (9-37) – Detroit Pistons 69 (17-30) Toronto Raptors 119 (31-15) – Sacramento Kings 102 (16-28) Atlanta Hawks 113 (38-8) – Brooklyn Nets 102 (18-27) Houston Rockets 99 (32-14) – Dallas Mavericks 94 (30-17) Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (8-37) – Boston Celtics 89 (16-28) Denver Nuggets 93 (19-27) – New Orleans Pelicans 85 (24-22) New York Knicks 100 (9-37) – Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (23-23) San Antonio Spurs 95 (30-17) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (19-27) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (8) Notre Dame 77 (20-2) – (4) Duke 73 (17-3) (9) Kansas 64 (17-3) – TCU 61 (14-6) (10) Louisville 81 (17-3) – Boston College 72 (9-10) (12) Wichita State 58 (19-2) – Loyola of Chicago 47 (13-8) (18) Northern Iowa 59 (19-2) – S. Illinois 52 (9-13) Purdue 83 (13-8) – (22) Indiana 67 (15-6) Georgia Tech 70 (10-10) – (23) Miami 50 (14-6) (24) Oklahoma 81 (13-7) – Texas Tech 36 (11-10) NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (25-14-9; 59pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (27-13-8; 62pts) New Jersey Devils 2 (18-22-8; 44pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-23-4; 48pts) SO Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/13/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/13/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (6-31) – Indiana Pacers 101 (15-25) Atlanta Hawks 105 (30-8) – Philadelphia 76ers 87 (7-30) Washington Wizards 101 (26-12) – San Antonio Spurs 93 (23-16) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 86 (16-0) – Missouri 37 (7-9) (2) Virginia 65 (16-0) – Clemson 42 (9-7) Miami 90 (12-4) - (4) Duke 74 (14-2) (6) Louisville 78 (15-2) – Virginia Tech 63 (8-8) (9) Kansas 67 (14-2) – (24) Oklahoma St. 57 (12-4) (16) West Virginia 86 (15-2) – (18) Oklahoma 65 (11-5) (17) VCU 65 (14-3) – Rhode Island 60 (11-4) Tennessee 74 (10-5) – (19) Arkansas 69 (13-3) Butler 79 (13-5) – (21) Seton Hall 75 (13-4) (23) Northern Iowa 63 (15-2) – Bradley 52 (6-12) NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (23-15-6; 52pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (27-14-4; 58pts) Detroit Red Wings 3 (23-11-9; 55pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-27-3; 31pts) New York Islanders 3 (29-13-1; 59pts) – New York Rangers 0 (24-12-4; 52pts) Pittsburgh Penguins 7 (26-10-6; 58pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (18-19-5; 41pts) Carolina Hurricanes 3 (14-24-5; 33pts) – Colorado Avalanche 2 (18-17-9; 45pts) SO Winnipeg Jets 8 (22-14-8; 52pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (20-12-9; 49pts) St. Louis Blues 4 (27-13-3; 57pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (10-25-9; 29pts) Nashville Predators 5 (29-9-4; 62pts) – Vancouver Canucks 1 (23-15-3; 49pts) Dallas Stars 5 (19-16-7; 45pts) – Ottawa Senators 4 (17-17-8; 42pts)  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad Out with Strained Oblique

Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad Out with Strained Oblique Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Shabazz Muhammad has been one of the few bright spots for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, but unfortunately he will miss the next couple weeks, if not longer, with an oblique strain. Muhammad has improved drastically this season after a rough rookie year. After averaging just 3.9 points while playing 7.8 minutes per game, Muhammad has looked like a different player this season. Now playing over 23 minutes per game, he's averaging 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds on 49 percent shooting. He along with prized rookie Andrew Wiggins brought stability to the team's offense. Still, this is just the latest injury to a young Timberwolves team struggling to find wins. They also have point guard Ricky Rubio, guard Kevin Martin, and center Nikola Pekovic on the shelf. The team is hopeful all three will return in the near future. The Timberwolves have the second-worst record in the NBA this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer

Report: Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer National Basketball Association(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Rockets are adding some much needed depth to their bench. Corey Brewer has been traded to the Houston Rockets from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, according to Yahoo Sports.  The Timberwolves will receive guard Troy Daniels as well as two second round draft picks - one via Sacramento. Houston is currently 18th in scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 99.8 points per game.  Their bench is also last in the NBA with 21.4 points per game. Brewer will likely improve those numbers as he is averaging 10.5 points per game this season and shooting 41.8% from the field.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/10/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 96 (6-15) – Boston Celtics 87 (7-13) Los Angeles Clippers 103 (16-5) – Indiana Pacers 96 (7-15) Washington Wizards 91 (15-6) – Orlando Magic 89 (9-15) Atlanta Hawks 95 (15-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 79 (2-19) Chicago Bulls 105 (13-8) – Brooklyn Nets 80 (8-12) Minnesota Timberwolves 90 (5-16) – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (17-5) Dallas Mavericks 112 (17-7) – New Orleans Pelicans 107 (10-11) San Antonio Spurs 109 (16-6) – New York Knicks 95 (4-20) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 56 (10-0) – Columbia 46 (5-3) (5) Wisconsin 93 (9-1) – Milwaukee 54 (4-6) (10) Kansas 75 (7-1) – Georgetown 70 (5-3) (12) Ohio State 97 (7-1) – High Point 43 (6-3) (19) Maryland 67 (9-1) – N.C. Central 56 (6-4) (23) Northern Iowa 65 (9-0) – Denver 55 (4-4) (24) St. John’s 74 (7-1) – Fairleigh Dickerson 52 (3-5) NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (16-9-3; 35pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (17-6-6; 40pts) SO Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 92 (7-4) – Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (5-5) Indiana Pacers 88 (5-7) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (4-8) Los Angeles Clippers 114 (6-4) – Orlando Magic 90 (5-8) Boston Celtics 101 (4-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (0-11) Dallas Mavericks 105 (9-3) – Washington Wizards 102 (7-3) Phoenix Suns 88 (7-5) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-9) Toronto Raptors 96 (9-2) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (10-2) Minnesota Timberwolves 115 (3-7) – New York Knicks 99 (3-10) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Creighton 65 (3-0) – (18) Oklahoma 63 (1-1) NHL: New York Rangers 2 (7-7-4; 18pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 0 (7-7-2; 16pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 96 (2-3) – Miami Heat 89 (3-2) Orlando Magic 91 (1-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 89 (0-5) Toronto Raptors 110 (4-1) – Boston Celtics 107 (1-3) Minnesota Timberwolves 98 (2-2) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (2-2) Detroit Pistons 98 (1-3) – New York Knicks 95 (2-3) Chicago Bulls 95 (4-1) – Milwaukee Bucks 86 (2-3) Washington Wizards 96 (4-1) – Indiana Pacers 94 (1-4) OT San Antonio Spurs 94 (2-1) – Atlanta Hawks 92 (1-2) NHL: Montreal Canadiens 2 (9-4-1; 19pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (3-9-2; 8pts) SO New York Rangers 4 (6-4-2; 14pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (6-3-4; 16pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Timberwolves Set to Waive Guard J.J. Barea

ESPN: Timberwolves Set to Waive Guard J.J. BareaRonald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As he enters the final season of his contract, ESPN reports the Minnesota Timberwolves are set to buyout guard J.J. Barea. If Barea and the Timberwolves reach a buyout, it will enable him to become a free agent...

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio. General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn't reach by Oct. 31. "We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love," Newton said. "We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush." "Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player," Newton continued. "So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides." If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club. Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe's current team.  The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season. Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love. Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins doesn't mind that he's being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins joined his former Kansas head coach Bill Self this weekend at a basketball camp in Kansas City and did not speak with reporters about the pending trade that would send him to Minnesota. Self spoke to reporters about what was said between Wiggins and himself. "When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, 'I hope I get traded,'" Self said. "And I'm like, 'No you don't.' And he said, 'Coach, I do. It's better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I'm forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they're going to be patient with me and I'm going to be a piece.'" Self said that playing with an All-Star like LeBron James could only help Wiggins' career, but longterm, Wiggins is best suited to be in Minnesota. "Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you're guaranteed winning," Self said, "for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that." The trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves that will also send former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future 2015 first-round draft pick for Love cannot be completed until Aug. 23. "I think he's handled everything great. He's excited," Self said. "I think the whole thing that's been blown out of proportion a bit is that he's been in limbo. He's known since the summer that he'd be traded. It's OK. In some ways he's looking forward to going to Minnesota." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) -- As each day passes, it looks more and more like Kevin Love's days with the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to an end as team owner Glen Taylor admits that a trade is "likely." "I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor told the Pioneer Press. Rumors have swirled all offseason, and even before, that Love would not sign a contract extension with the team and that he will pursue free agency once his contract expires. While the team wants to retain Love, they realize that trading him may be the only way to salvage anything from an imminent departure. Reportedly, Love may be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player and possibly multi-team trade that would include number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins signed his rookie contract last week, and the team must wait 30 days after signing his deal to trade him, making a late August trade a possible time frame for a deal to happen. This past season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday. ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season. The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can't be traded for 30 days. The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas. The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks. Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins' contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him.  After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal. Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million. All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwovles/NBA(NEW YORK) -- If the Golden State Warriors truly want to get their hands on Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, they'll have to pay a heavy price. ESPN reports that the team is seriously weighing their options to find what it would take to acquire him via trade. Reportedly the Timberwolves are asking for a future first-round pick, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and maybe Harrison Barnes in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin. That is a steep price to pay, but Love is arguably one of the best players in the NBA. This past season, the 25-year-old averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He was the only player in the NBA this past season to be in the top-5 in points and rebounds. Despite Love's immense talent, he hasn't made it to the playoffs during his six-year career. While he hasn't officially asked for a trade, he is likely to opt out of his contract next season to test free agency. Other than the Warriors, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks for Love. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 
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