We now reach the Timberwolf who played the ninth-least minutes in franchise history: Kevin Kolacopi. An undrafted free agent out of St. Paul's Macalester College, Kolacopi embraced his not-very-PC nickname of "polio" - which was given to him for playing "crippling" defense - by having a wheelchair and skulls tattooed on his right bicep.
His tenure with MN lasted less than a month. The bulky center saw 20 minutes of action before being traded to the Nets for Leo Von Ipakick. Kevin did return to his original franchise a few years later, oddly enough. After washing out of pro ball he became the Timberwolves' mascot "Crunch," replacing the original costumed --
Okay, okay! By now you may have a strong suspicion that I am spouting unadulterated BS. True! In his comment on my previous post, JMGrady joked that I was making up these low-minute guys. I hadn't been, but I know a good idea when I see one. FYI: Kevin Kolacopi and Leo Von Ipakick are both anagrams of the name "Nikola Pekovic." As is the phrase "I cook pink veal."
So who, truthfully, is the ninth-lowest man on the Wolves' totem pole? The answer is after the jump...
Our man is Myron Brown of Slippery Rock University, MN's second round draft pick in 1991. The shooting guard lasted one season in the NBA, playing in four games for a total of 23 minutes.
Brown was nominated for "Dunk of the Week" on "NBA Inside Stuff" and later became the first two-time winner of the CBA's dunk competition. Eventually he played in Italy and South America. Now 42, he resides in Kennedy Township, PA, with his wife and two children, hopefully living happily ever after. But does this really sound all that more believable than the tale of Kevin Kolacopi?