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Woods suspended for conduct detrimental to team

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Loren Woods was suspended indefinitely Monday night for conduct detrimental to the team.

Woods was told about the suspension following the team's 104-98 win over Phoenix. He left the coaches' office cursing, told teammate Kevin Garnett he was suspended and left without further comment. Garnett then had a 20-minute, closed-door meeting with the coaches, but he left the locker room without commenting on Woods.

"Loren said a couple of things and did a couple of things. He'll have to sit back and think about it, hopefully get his head right, come back and play,'' Kevin McHale, the Timberwolves' vice president of basketball operations, said.

The 7-foot-1, 246-pound Woods, in his second year with the team, is averaging just over three points a game and 3.8 rebounds. He started 11 of the team's first 12 games and averaged nearly 22 minutes a game.

In Minnesota's last 18 games, Woods has played just 31 minutes. He was scoreless in four minutes Monday night.

He averaged 1.8 points and 2.0 rebounds as a rookie in 60 games.

Woods was one of the best big men in the country during his two years at Arizona, but during his senior season he was ejected from a game against California for trying to attack referee Charlie Range. Later, Wildcats coach Lute Olson benched Woods for a game at Oregon State after ordering him to leave practice the day before.

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