When I checked into my hotel yesterday morning, I remarked to the desk person that the hotels were packed this week. She volunteered that there were a bunch of people staying at my hotel from the New York Knicks. Huh?!?! She mentioned there was a lot of activity at the Target Center this week. Huh?!?! Well, needless to say that information made no sense to me at the time, so I had to do some digging.
Evidently, aside from the New York Yankees being in town to play the Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis is the place to be this week, if you're a coach or a GM looking at the 2010 NBA Draft prospects. The Target Center is the site (i.e. from Monday morning to Thursday afternoon), and the Minnesota Timberwolves will host seven workouts. There are at least 40 players "auditioning" (i.e. think combine) for their prospective new teams, as June 24, 2010 is the night of the draft.
Per Jonah Ballow (i.e. the Timberwolves Editor/Writer) the following is the schedule for the week:
Group 1: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Group 2: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Group 3: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Group 4: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Group 5: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Group 6: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Group 7: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
According to, TWolves blog, here are the prospects working out today:
Manny Harris, G, Michigan
Sylven Landesberg, G, Virginia
Lance Stephenson, G, Cincinnati
Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut
Ryan Richards, F, England
Jarvis Varnado, F, Mississippi
Andy Rautins, G, Syracuse
Denis Clemente, G, Kansas State
Tommy Mason-Griffin, G, Oklahoma
Donald Sloan, G, Texas A&M
Craig Brackins, F, Iowa State
Latavious Williams, F, Tulsa 66ers (NBDL)
**** As I type this, someone is talking about someone they ran into and by the description ~ I'm thinking it's Pat Riley. I hate when other people are my eyes and ears. Ugh. I need to get outside!?!?!
So I went outside around lunch time (i.e between sessions) and yes, there are plenty of men running around with the Spalding portfolios. For those of you that want to look the part, you can buy one autographed by NBA Commssioner, David Stern.