We're rolling out a 'Fun Facts' on every NBA team. For a look at what we've done so far, click here. The Timberwolves were a tough call, assignment-wise: our summer intern, Ben, is legitimately a fan of the team. Our fall intern, Ishita, was sitting right here when we started thinking about doing this. We're lazy. Ishita won out. Will the Timberwolves? Very unlikely, although at some point in the future, you will speak of Al Jefferson in reverent, hushed tones.
1. To celebrate 20 years of existence, the Timberwolves updated their uniforms. What's with the new trend of writing the team's name on the butt of the shorts?
2. You might have heard that much-hyped rookie Kevin Love is the nephew of the Beach Boys' singer Mike Love. (His middle name is for Wes Unseld, whom his dad Stan played with.) Get this: here's video of Love throwing Prince (Minneapolis' favorite musical son) under the bus for the Beach Boys.
3. And here's a link to the Youtube video that earned him the title "King of the Trick Shot." Is it a little weird that that the full arc of the ball gets cut off? Probably, but it's cool anyways.
4. Rashad McCants takin' a page from the Reggie Bush playbook?
5. A few months after joining the team in a draft-day trade, center Jason Collins is out for 8 weeks with an elbow injury, caused by a golf cart incident.
6. Recently signed veteran Kevin Ollie went to Crenshaw High School in L.A. Famous alums include Ice-T. We loved him on Law and Order.
7. Mark Madsen is the only remaining member of the 2003-04 Timberwolves team that made it to the Western Conference Finals. He may not get much playing time anymore, but the man can certainly dance.
8. The 2005 documentary Through the Fire, about Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Abraham Lincoln High School in New York City, won the 2005 AFI Fest Audience Award for Best Documentary.
9. Point guard Randy Foye's heart is on his right side!
10. Bobby Knight, Randy Wittman's former coach, compares Wittman to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Wittman was a part of the Hoosier team that won an NCAA championship in 1981.