James Edward Thomas and Paul Edward Grant have a lot in common. Both played basketball at a Big 10 school. They have the same middle name. Both have a first name for a last name. And both rank in the bottom six of the MN Timberwolves' All Time Minutes Played list.
Jim Thomas, was the starting shooting guard on Bobby Knight's NCAA championship team at Indiana in 1981. Drafted in the second round by the Indiana Pacers in 1983, Thomas played in 152 games his first two seasons. He only played six games for the Clippers the next year, drifted away from basketball, then appeared 5 years later in three games for MN. From there to overseas leagues, then work for the Raptors.
How much time did he get for MN? He fell sixty seconds short of Andy Warhol's famed category of "15 minutes of fame." After the jump, five great songs longer than Thomas's career with the Wolves...1 - Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang (14:37)
2 - Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix (15:00)
3 - Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie (18:00)
4 - Something in the Way - Nirvana (20:35 counting the 10 minutes of silence followed by "Endless, Nameless")
5 - Mountain Jam - The Allman Brothers (33:41)
Bonus -"Tempest," the title track on the Bob Dylan album coming out on Tuesday, is an excellent song about Titanic. Falls just shorts of Thomas's MN career at 13:54