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Andrei Kirilenko focuses on Wolves

Updated: February 22, 2013, 2:11 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko is taking time off from the Russian national team for family reasons, according to media reports in Russia.

The 32-year-old Kirilenko told the daily Sport-Express that he had informed the Russian basketball federation president, Alexander Krasnenkov, of his decision by phone.

Kirilenko was quoted as saying that "the busy NBA season means I spend too much time away from my family, it takes away a minimum of six-and-a-half months ...

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