Wolves Updates 11-27

Rookie Wolves forward Kevin Love has partnered with Comcast and The Salvation Army to host a winter coat drive to help those in need this holiday season.
The Kevin Love Coat Drive will tip off at tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns and continue through Dec. 15.
Love is inviting all fans to bring a new or gently used coat to any of six metro-area drop-off locations, with all donations supporting The Salvation Army.
Cyclone Sports Report interviews Fred Hoiberg.
Fred Hoiberg: I’m really fortunate that I get checked every six months and I really feel good. I’ll definitely be having another surgery in the next five years to replace my aortic valve which they spared at the time so that I would be able to still play. It has since started leaking so at some point I will be getting that fixed…

CSR: You are now the Assistant General Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Did you ever envision being an NBA executive?
FH: I never really thought about it. You think a little bit about the future but at the time I still thought I had four or five years left to play in the NBA. Coaching was something that was always on my mind as an option when I finished my career but they just so happened to offer me this position. It’s great because I’m learning every day and I love to get on the road and scout players. I also love being in Minnesota because it keeps my wife and I very close to our families. I just want to do everything I can to help get things turned around here for the Timberwolves.
Randy Foye followed Sunday’s 23-point, 14-assist night with 17 points and five assists (none in the second half).
Kevin Love now hasn’t made a field goal in two games, going 0-for-3 Wednesday after an 0-for-2 game in Detroit.
The Wolves did more than stabilize the center position when they inserted Jason Collins into the starting lineup for their Nov. 16 game at Denver.
The move also benefited the team’s best player, Al Jefferson, allowing him to shift to his more natural position of power forward.
“It feels good to go back to the four and play my own position,” Jefferson said. “Defensive purposes, it’s helped me out a lot. If I make a mistake, I know he’s got my back. … The guy got to the NBA Finals two years in a row (with New Jersey). He knows what it takes to win.”
When Wolves star Al Jefferson was young, he loved watching Suns center O’Neal play.
“Shaq speaks for himself,” Jefferson said. “I don’t care if he’s 40 years old, he’s always going to be the Shaq I loved watching growing up. You’ve got to give him a lot of respect. He used to be my favorite player, until he dunked on me my rookie year.”
Eric, Houston: Foye went off for 23/14 against Detroit. Sign of things to come? Or just one of those nights?
David Thorpe: I think it might be a sign. Just a hunch.
Patrick Reusse/Star Tribune on the 2008 Turkey Of The Year.
First runner-up: Glen Taylor, the Timberwolves owner, long ago used the last vestiges of goodwill for saving this franchise. The Comfrey boy has a reputation for being close with a buck in his other businesses, and now we’re seeing that with this woeful franchise…
First-year Timberwolves shooting whiz Mike Miller, asked if he would like more shots: “Everybody wants more shots. But at the end of the day, you take what the defense gives us and, hopefully, we win the game.”
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