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During a typical Minnesota Timberwolves game (disclaimer: I’m a season ticket holder), a lot of individuals are introduced to the fans for accomplishing special feats. Almost all of them are ignored by players, who, understandably, are in the middle of their workday.
Last night was an exception. After Nick Van Denburgh of St. Francis was introduced to the crowd during a Timberwolves timeout, point guard Luke Ridnour made it a point to run over to him and give him a fist bump. It was a small, but very significant moment.
Today, we know a little more why, thanks to Timberwolves editor Mark Remme, who pens a profile of the young man. He’s going to the NBA All Star festivities in Houston to play some basketball. And he inspires even hardened NBA players, apparently.