Andrei Kirilenko Proving to Be Invaluable to Minnesota Timberwolves

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Andrei Kirilenko Proving to Be Invaluable to Minnesota Timberwolves
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There were rumors, and maybe that’s to be expected that back in 2010-11, Andrei Kirilenko had lost his status as one of the league's premiere defensive players. Though he was still a good defender, there was speculation as to why he had suffered a drop. Maybe he had lost a step, or maybe the persistent injuries that had dogged him for three years had caught up with him. Maybe he had lost some spirit, which would make sense for a veteran in the midst of a season in which coaching icon Jerry Sloan resigned and star point guard Deron Williams was traded. ...

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