Kobe’s last visit
A teenager named Kobe Bryant played his first game at Target Center 19 years ago this month. On Wednesday, he’ll make his final visit after he announced last week that this season will be his last.
“I honestly feel good about it, I really do,” he said. “I really feel at peace with it and excited with what’s to come.”
His farewell tour has started unevenly, to say the least: He flung up shots at every opportunity in a Tuesday loss in his hometown to a Philadelphia team that ended an 0-18 season start that night and then scored 31 points in beating Washington the next night.
The Timberwolves will auction off players’ game-worn jerseys after Wednesday’s game against the Lakers, with proceeds benefiting the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund. Winning bidders will get their jersey autographed at the Dec. 18 game against Sacramento.
Flip’s praise special
Predraft workouts often become nothing more than a blur, but Orlando’s Victor Oladipo won’t forget when Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders came to him before the 2013 draft.
Saunders coveted the Indiana guard but couldn’t trade up to get him. He did, though, fly to Washington, D.C., to watch Oladipo work out privately and took him to dinner.
“He just told me there was something special about me, that I should never lose that,” Oladipo said. “He told me I have what it takes to be great. It’s definitely something I remember him saying that I’ll never forget.”