Stern: Timberwolves could host All Star game again, with arena update

The Pioneer Press’s Ray Richardson says that NBA Commissioner David Stern weighed in on the Target Center renovation during a stop in Minneapolis today. It’s yet another effort to sweeten the pot on the back and forth plans for an update for the downtown arena.

Stern is taking a bit of a victory lap: he’s due to retire next February, to be replaced by deputy Adam Silver. He said in a press conference at the Timberwolves home that the league would consider returning to Minneapolis for its All-Star Weekend. The game was held in Minneapolis in 1994.

It wasn’t a particularly memorable game — the Timberwolves were spectators. Except, of course, for future bad-boy Isiah “J.R.” Rider, who won that year’s Slam Dunk Contest, with what Charles Barkley said “might be the best dunk I’ve ever seen.”

I still think he did it better in ’93.

  • Sam

    No. This is symptomatic of the disturbingly accepted trend of whittling away of our civil liberties, the growth of domestic militarization in the US, among other issues, that began following 9/11.

  • Sam

    No. This is symptomatic of the disturbingly accepted trend of whittling away of our civil liberties, the growth of domestic militarization in the US, among other issues, that began following 9/11.

  • Wally

    Sure, as long as we have the right to shoot them down if they’re spying on us. I agree with Rich in Duluth: specific use, specific situations; no “fishing expeditions.”

  • Wally

    Sure, as long as we have the right to shoot them down if they’re spying on us. I agree with Rich in Duluth: specific use, specific situations; no “fishing expeditions.”

  • Michelle

    Maybe, have the humans ended that silly prohibition of nature yet?

  • Michelle

    Maybe, have the humans ended that silly prohibition of nature yet?

  • Pearly

    Only to spy on the AP

    • Wally

      Come on people. Pearly’s being facetious. Can’t the two of you take a joke?

  • Pearly

    Only to spy on the AP

    • Wally

      Come on people. Pearly’s being facetious. Can’t the two of you take a joke?

  • Scott

    If we allow this what’s the next step?
    A fleet of them over cities 24/7?
    Automate them?

    Arm them?
    Let the computer decide when to shoot?

  • Scott

    If we allow this what’s the next step?
    A fleet of them over cities 24/7?
    Automate them?

    Arm them?
    Let the computer decide when to shoot?

  • Oma

    I seem to recall that people successfully stopped police from posting unmanned radar stations and then sending traffic speeding tickets to people who had been perhaps speeding but not knowing that a hidden trap had been placed. Now, drones would be far more intrusive … I don’t think it should be allowed except in special cases, at the approval of the affected community.

  • Oma

    I seem to recall that people successfully stopped police from posting unmanned radar stations and then sending traffic speeding tickets to people who had been perhaps speeding but not knowing that a hidden trap had been placed. Now, drones would be far more intrusive … I don’t think it should be allowed except in special cases, at the approval of the affected community.

  • Amy Lynn

    Yes, police need this tool to keep people safe. Could Ariel Castro’s first victim have been rescued almost immediately after she was kidnapped? Cleveland police never searched his house, which had boarded up windows and fencing, unusual even for a vacant bldg and despite reports of a naked woman crawling around the backyard and screams from the upper floor. Just like wiretapping, court orders would be needed. We know that sometimes our privacy has to be sacrificed to save lives and that is a small price to pay. Could drones have saved Jackie Dougard from enduring 18 years of imprisonment, torture and rape? Parole officers visited the home several times and failed to search all the property. Violent pedophies often rape and murder their victims shortly after abducting them. John Walsh’s son probably could have been recovered alive with the use of drones. Our right to privacy shouldn’t trump our right to life and is less important than the safety and security of citizens.