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Updated: June 27th, 2014 12:26am
Wolves' top pick Zach LaVine addresses expletive caught on camera

Wolves' top pick Zach LaVine addresses expletive caught on camera

by Nate Sandell
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zach LaVine is on his way to Minnesota after Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves selected the young guard out of UCLA with the No. 13 overall pick in Thursday night's draft.

But how does LaVine feel about his new NBA home?

LaVine sparked somewhat of a controversy on Twitter after he appeared to be caught by ESPN's draft cameras uttering an expletive after NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the Wolves' pick.

However, on a conference call with the Twin Cities media shortly afterward, LaVine sounded nothing like a guy disappointed with the team he ended up with.

When asked about his immediate reaction, LaVine immediately shrugged off any talk that it was negative.

"No man, I'm completely ecstatic," LaVine said, his voice filled with obvious emotion. "I couldn't be more happy. I'm a very emotional person, so I might've uttered something ... but I put my head down, thanked God, kissed my mom, kissed my dad, couldn't believe this was happening to me right now. I'm going into Minnesota full-fledged ready to become a Timberwolf."

Following the selection of LaVine, Saunders expressed his enthusiasm about picking up the 19-year-old guard, calling him the best athlete in the draft.

Going into draft night, LaVine said he had a good feeling that he was a key target on the Wolves' radar.

"I knew I had a really good workout with them," LaVine said. "I talked to coach Flip Saunders and we had a great meeting. And then you know, I knew they were around my draft range so I was hoping for the best. When my name was called man, it was a jolt of energy through my body. It was amazing."

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