Timberwolves Assign Chris Richard to Skyforce

Chris Richard
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NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2008 – The Minnesota Timberwolves today assigned rookie forward Chris Richard to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Richard, who is the 27th NBA player assigned to the D-League this season, is the first Timberwolves player to be assigned to the Skyforce.

Richard, 6-9, 255-pounds, has appeared in 24 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.2 minutes, including a 10-point performance against Seattle on Dec. 14. Richard averaged 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 54 percent from the field, in four games at the 2007 Toshiba Vegas Summer League.

"Sioux Falls and the D-League will provide Chris with a great opportunity to play and gain valuable experience," said Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale. "Chris is a player that we really like and we think has a bright future. With the current schedule in Sioux Falls, he'll be able to have a few days of practice with the team before playing in several upcoming games."

Selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft (41st overall), Richard was a four-year contributor at the University of Florida and finished his college career averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 141 games. Richard’s best season came during his senior year when he averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds and was named 2007 SEC Sixth Man of the Year. Additionally, Richards holds the title of winningest player in Florida history, having been a part of 112 wins, three SEC Tournament titles, an SEC East title, an SEC regular season title and two national titles in his four years in Gainesville.

Timberwolves fans can stay in step with Richard during his time with the Skyforce, beginning on Friday, Feb. 1, when the Skyforce hosts the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, by logging onto http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/dleague_webcasts.html to watch all D-League games streamed live for free.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce’s next game is on Friday, Feb. 1 at home against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at the Sioux Falls Arena. For information on group, season and single game tickets please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.