As has become a common theme in Minnesota sports recently, Timberwolves fans didn't have much to cheer about last season. The hapless Wolves endured one of the least productive regular seasons in the team's 26-year history, winning just 16 games while missing the playoffs for the 11th straight year.
One bright spot for the Wolves was Zach LaVine. The rookie out of UCLA showed flashes of promise on the court during the regular season while filling in at starting point guard for the oft-injured Ricky Rubio. He saved his best tricks for All-Star Weekend however, winning the 2015 NBA Dunk contest...
This past Saturday, a young Timberwolf spent his Valentine's Day flying high in New York, doing his darnedest to help fans fall back in love with a mid-season tradition that has lost much of its past luster.
By most accounts, he succeeded.
Though the Timberwolves have been irrelevant so far this season/decade, Zach LaVine gave Minnesota basketball followers a reason to cheer this weekend. The 19-year-old rookie out of UCLA won the NBA's 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, wowing the crowd with a quartet of nifty dunks.
In the opening round, the 6' 5" LaVine...!--more-->