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From 1 to 35,535: Orange Makes Me Blue

I must confess: I attended Syracuse University. On the other hand, I did not attend a single basketball game there.

There are three Timberwolves who played for the Orange. You can probably name two of them, because there may be no players in the post-Garnett era more maddening than Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson. Darko and Beasley come close, but we didn't waste high draft picks on them.

The third Syracuse alum who suited up for the Wolves saw five minutes of action, tying him with Trevor Winter for next to last on the all-time roster. Who was he? Answer after the jump.

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The answer is... Jason Hart! Here are eight things about Jason:

  1. Like Calvin Booth, the Timberwolf with the fewest minutes (one minute) played, he was a second round pick who lasted a decade as an NBA journeyman. Hats off to anyone who does that.
  2. He has the 17th most steals in NCAA history.
  3. We signed him as a free agent and traded him to the Suns three months later for Alando Tucker, a 2nd round pick and $.
  4. 11/13/09 - Hart gets his 5 minutes at PG for MN. He has an assist, a steal, and misses his only field goal attempt.
  5. MN's starting five that night (an 89-77 loss to Dallas): Flynn, Brewer, Hollins, Jawai, and Gomes. How did we only lose by 12?
  6. After retiring, Jason was head coach at LA's Taft high for a year, winning a city championship, before taking a job as an assistant coach at Pepperdine.
  7. The tattoo on his left arm of two praying hands is a tribute to Craden Evans, a childhood friend who was gunned down in Los Angeles in 1993.
  8. The following photo should not be viewed by those susceptible to flashbacks or nightmares:

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