I knew ahead of time that this arena was older. I also knew that, years ago, this is the arena where a ceiling light fell and almost hit Zydrunas Ilgauskas. How do I know? He told me. Needless to say, I kept looking up to make sure everything was all good.
The Target Center is an older arena conveniently located right downtown in Minneapolis. When I walked into the building, the first thing I noticed was a statue of "Mr. Basketball" George Mikan. For those of you that don't know who George Mikan is, you really should go out and buy a basketball almanac. He is a legend. I met him years ago, when he was in Cleveland for the NBA All-Star game. I'm pretty sure I have his autograph somewhere on something, and I'm even more confident that the item is gone. Oh well.
My seat was 10 rows off the court in front of the Timberwolves' bench, and immediately I looked towards the rafters to see what was up there.
Malik Sealy's jersey is retired...
Until now, I could not understand why Malik Sealy's jerey was hanging up there. I just googled and read his Wikipedia page, and now I understand. Malik Sealy was the victim of a drunk driving accident. He played his entire career in Minnesota and according to his Wiki, was leaving Kevin Garnett's birthday party when struck by a pickup truck traveling the wrong way down the highway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Sealy
On a lighter note, the center banner boasts the Minneapolis Lakers' Basketball Hall of Fame.
The game started, and I noticed that it was really quiet in the arena. Really quiet. It reminded me of Gund Arena before LeBron came on the scene, and Gund Arena (i.e. before LeBron came on the scene) reminded me at times of a library. ****Incidentally, it reminded me of one of the girlfriends of a former Cleveland Cav, since she could often be seen reading a book, in her seat while her man "played" the game. Talk about rude and embarrassing. I'm all for promoting literacy, but that can be done in the family lounge or at home if you're that disinterested in the game.
Kevin Love and Chris Bosh waiting on a rebound, w/Rambis, Theus, and Laimbeer looking on
It's almost like a mentorship program for the young Timberwolves'. I looked at the players and noticed how young they are. I think that explains their record. Kevin Love had a decent contingency from UCLA in the arena, to the point where I thought there was a legitimate student section and I was at a college basketball tournament game.