Last season, the Timberwolves entered the year as subjects of immense speculation. During the offseason Glen Taylor fired David Kahn, who was replaced by Flip Saunders as the President of Basketball Operations. Saunders hired Milt Newton to be the General Manager. With Kevin Love’s future with the team uncertain, the new front office addressed the roster by signing players Rick Adelman could deploy within his variation of Princeton offense.
One of these players was Corey Brewer, who appeared in all 82 games during the previous season with the Denver Nuggets. Brewer returned to the team that drafted him with the 7th overall pick in 2007. Unlike the circumstances during his first few years in the NBA, Brewer returned with a hint of pedigree and a skillset that would serve a purpose.
On April 11th, fans trickled into the Target Center to see Minnesota take on the Houston Rockets. Unexpectedly, a friend called earlier that evening and asked if I wanted to attend the game, and of course I said yes. I arrived at Eric’s apartment about an hour before tip-off and we headed downtown.
Unbeknownst to me, Eric hadn’t obtained our tickets so, when we parked inside Garage A, our first steps weren’t toward the stadium. Instead, we exited the garage and started walking toward Kieran’s Irish Pub on the Southwest corner of 1st Avenue and 6th Street. There, we looked for a man — his name escapes me — who possessed our tickets, provided by Eric’s father but presented with no information regarding where the seats were located. This irritated me.
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