December 19, 2021

A Night with Lebron James


A Night with Lebron James
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for December 19, 2021

Mother Nature punched us in the nose last weekend and dumped more than a foot of snow on our neighborhood.  The temperatures have also dropped below 20 degrees for most of the week.  Needless to say our daily walks have been a bit challenging.  It's hard to motivate ourselves to go outside when it's this chilly despite Blue's best attempts at making us feel guilty about it.

It was Grandma Linda's birthday so we took her out to Pau Hana in Savage to celebrate.  She was excited for some coconut shrimp and we were excited to be with her for an evening of fun!

My buddy Orlando came over on Saturday morning for another one of our adventures.  We always have such a good time together.

On Friday night, we headed to downtown Minneapolis to visit the Target Center and watch our Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Lakers.  

Miss Sheri and I were excited to have a romantic date night along with about 15,000 other friends.

One of the friends we were most excited to see was none other than Lebron James who brought his 16-13 Lakers to play against the 13-15 Timberwolves.  We were hopeful for a good game.

We were also looking forward to watching Anthony Davis.  Unfortunately he was hurt during the game not once but twice and ended up missing a good part of it.  He sprained his MCL and will be out of action for at least the next 4 weeks which sucks for him and the Lakers.

Russell Westbrook also joined the Lakers this year because all the best players think they need to be on the same teams together.   That kind of takes the fun out of winning I would think.

The game was delayed to 9pm since ESPN decided to broadcast it so we knew it was going to be a late night.  The game started off a bit sluggish because I'm sure many of the players felt a little sleepy.

Our young superstar, Anthony Edwards, unfortunately had to miss the game because he came down with Covid-19, but Karl-Anthony Towns stepped up and scored 23 points in the first half.  He was pretty dominant all night.

We've sat through a lot of losses over the years with the Timberwolves but this new team feels different.  They led almost the entire game and ended up with a comfortable win of 110-92 over Los Angeles.  I'm sure it didn't help that Anthony Davis went down, but with the depth of talent they have I'm sure they would have beat previous Minnesota teams.  Not this time.

I've seen Lebron play in previous years and have to say he didn't seem quite as powerful as before.  I don't know if he saves himself more for the playoffs as I've heard people say or if it's because he's older or if he just had an off night.  In any case, I like our team and it was fun to see them win against one of the "Super Teams" for a change.

At half time they had a ceremony to honor Tom Hanneman who died a year ago.  He was a longtime announcer of Wolves games and is said to have been a great dude.  It was a nice memorial for him.

This guy tried to photo bomb my picture so I told him he was welcome to join me.  He was happy to oblige.  There may have been a little bit of alcohol involved in his decision, but I couldn't prove it.

On Saturday night we went to Brewster's in Veseli, Minnesota to visit some friends for some pre-holiday cheer.

Even Santa Claus showed up for awhile.  We had fun when we saw him and shouted to those nearby, "I know him!  I know him!"

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