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Okay, the Timberwolf whose anagrams appear in the header to this post is not an easy one to decode. It doesn't help that his brief stay on the MN roster was nearly 20 years ago. Also, he never played for another team in America - not high school, not college, not for any other NBA team.

Here's a hint: he was the first Latvian to play in Our League (FYI, the only other Latvian: Andris Biedrins).

Still not sure who he is? How about a photo of the guy:

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Not a bad Pat Riley impression, if you ask me.

How about some stats?

6'6, 195 Forward

13 games, 89 minutes for the 1992-93 Timberwolves. 45 points, 8 TRB, 6 AST

Like Shved and AK47, won a championship with Moscow CSKA.

Like Shved and AK47 and Kevin Love, played in the Olympics (for the 1992 Unified Team, the last iteration of the Soviet basketball squad).

My hat is off to anyone with knowledge or memory deep enough to know that I am talking about Gundars Vetra, who last season was head coach of Latvia's BK Ventspils. Currently he's the head coach for Spartak in the Russian Professional Basketball League.

If any of you live in Connecticut, you can see the next generation of Vetras in action, as Gundars' daughter is playing for the Fairfield Stags:

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