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T'WOLVES STILL SEARCHING FOR $2 MILLION COMMUNITY DONATION

     In Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse writes, with thousands of
empty seats at the Timberwolves' second home game and
Commissioner David Stern in attendance, owner-to-be Glen Taylor
"probably was in need of high-level reassurance to continue
forward in his role as Minnesota's basketball savior."  Taylor's
purchase of the team is not official, still awaiting money from
the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission ($56M) and the
Minneapolis business community ($2M) to outgoing owners Marv
Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner for the Target Center.  Reusse:
"There has seemed to be some difficulty putting the arm on the
downtown crowd for that $2 million," adding that Stern may have
been at the game to remind business leaders of their pledge.
Stern: "Don't talk to me about it not getting done. Talk to the
business community.  Nobody told me it's not going to get done"
(Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 11/10).
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