Amidst a crazy day of sports — that included the top team in college football losing on a last-second field goal return for a touchdown — one of the top stories circulating on the Internet Saturday was that of the untimely tragic death of actor Paul Walker.
Walker, 40, who was best known for his iconic role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious films, died in a fiery single-car crash in Santa Clarita, California.
However, hours after the crash, his reps updated both his Twitter and Facebook accounts confirming the horrifying news.
Another season marks another chance to feel optimistic about your favorite NBA team’s chances of making some noise. Other than a few brief stretches, Minnesota Timberwolves fans have had trouble finding any reason to be optimistic over the past few years.
From injuries to frequent coaching changes to frequent front office switches to Darko Milicic, the Timberwolves have had quite an interesting little decade.
This season is a special one. It marks the 10-year anniversary of their 2003-04 run to the Western Conference finals. That was also the last time they managed to make the playoffs at all.
Aside from the 2004-05 season, this year’s squad is probably the team with the highest expectations in the last 10 years.
The Dwight Howard signing had a humongous effect on the futures market for who will win the NBA title.
And then it started a trickle-down effect.
Nearly two weeks into free agency, the pool of available high-end talent has dwindled.
Among the available, unsigned free agents is center Nikola Pekovic.
Pekovic is a quality big man who fits the player personnel and works well within Rick Adelman’s system in Minnesota. However, the two sides have yet to agree to a new contract.
Timberwolves sharp-shooter Chase Budinger is among the contingent who are awaiting a resolution.