February 5, 1999. Mike Tyson is sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists after an accident in Maryland. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves' 1997 first round pick finally sees his first action on an NBA court. Paul Edward Grant, the center who had missed his rookie season with a sprained foot, plays two minutes in a 110-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets. His line is a lot of zeros and a two (personal fouls). He played six more minutes as a Wolf before being part of the trade that sent Starbury out for the original Stop'n'Pop, Terrell Brandon.
After the jump? I'm not sure, but I'll think of something.
"Hey, at least I drafted KG and Pek!"
The Timberwolves have had the #20 pick three times. They chose Paul Grant, William Avery and Gerald Glass. Grant had played his senior season at Wisconsin after three years at Boston College. By the time he retired in 2004, after a 10-day contract with the Jazz, he'd played a total of 16 NBA games and earned just over $3,000,000.
He now lives in Boston and coaches at MIT. I assume you have to be pretty smart to work there since your players are a bunch of brainiacs and you have to speak their lingo (Klingon?) in order to get your points across in practice. But what do I know?
In this clip from last spring, Grant helps his old college team prepare for their Sweet Sixteen game against - aw, no! - Syracuse. It wasn't enough, though, as the Badgers fell 64-63.