Homer News: Minnesota Timberwolves (14-58)

For Wolves rookies, flash back and plow forward
Timberwolves rookies Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington are living out all the madness of March again, only this year it’s lower case and lacking an exclamation point.

This time last year, both played NCAA tournament Sweet 16 games drenched with energy and noise. Fast forward 12 months to their new careers, their new lives, their new team, which has lost 14 consecutive games and 20 of its past 21 with nine games left to play in their first professional 82-game season.

“It’s crazy, a crazy difference,” Ellington said after practice Thursday in Orlando. “So much changes in one year. It’s a different kind of madness than it was last year.”

He was asked to compare his March a year ago with this one. “I don’t look at it like that,” he said. “My March last year was definitely different, but this is the world I want to be in. I’m happy for all my friends on that team, but I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”
Star Tribune

Minneapolis seeks upgrades for Target Center
The city of Minneapolis — which owns the 20,500-seat Target Center, home of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, concerts and other events — sought state money to pay for some of the planned upgrades, but the request failed to find its way into the conference committee bonding bill.

The unsuccessful legislative request called for $6.5 million in bond proceeds for lighting and public address upgrades, a central security and fire alarm system, and accessibility improvements, among other things.

But that’s just the beginning. In December, the city completed a Target Center capital improvement plan that envisions nearly $50 million worth of projects over the next 20 years to keep the building “at a baseline level of quality.”
Finance and Commerce

Ricky dice que el Barça no controló el ritmo del partido por “culpa del base”
El base titular del Barcelona, Ricky Rubio, ha reconocido su mal juego en el segundo partido de cuartos de final de la Euroliga que el Regal Barça perdió contra el Real Madrid (63-70), y ha dicho que el equipo no controló nunca el ritmo del partido por “culpa del base”.

El Regal Barça perdió contra el Real Madrid el segundo partido de la eliminatoria de cuartos de final de la Euroliga, lo que deja la serie en empate a uno. Ricky, al igual que en el primer encuentro, tuvo una floja actuación, como también le ha pasado en lo que llevamos de enfrentamiento a Juan Carlos Navarro.