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Timberwolves Arriving in Town, Wiggins with Impressive First Pitch

Players are arriving in town as training camp is now less than a week away. I can feel the basketball coming.

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I linked this a couple of times yesterday, but it's worth one more: A comparison of Ricky Rubio and Rajon Rondo after three years in the league. Very similar players, down to their initials, but Rondo has one major advantage: finishing at the rim. This is going to be vital for Rubio going forward.

Rubio was the subject of one of the questions I asked in a "Timberwolves Five Questions" article yesterday. Also discussed is the team goals with this new, young group, the potential rebounding problems, and where we should set our expectations as fans.

Players are arriving in town in advance of training camp.  Thad Young and family are here, and doing some shopping:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smh... NO rhythm nation @ Mall of America <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Shekinah Young (@Mrs__Young21) <a href="">September 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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According to JerryZ:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Budinger, Turiaf and Thaddeus Young are the latest Wolves into town for workouts and Monday&#39;s reporting date</p>&mdash; Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) <a href="">September 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Andrew Wiggins, who has been in town for a while, threw out the first pitch at last night's Twins game:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s a strike!!! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; MN Timberwolves (@MNTimberwolves) <a href="">September 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Finally, a plug, but only because I want to. Vox runs a series of websites under the umbrella of "," which are, as you might imagine, about food. We love food. So I want to commend you to the Minneapolis version which can be found here. Those good folks can also be followed on twitter, @eaterMPLS.  Lots of local restaurant and food news, something we all love. Unfortunately, there isn't a Madison version.

In honor of that, we need a good food/drink conversation. It's been a while. What have you guys been eating that's good lately? I've gone on a low-carb diet for the last few weeks, so it's been tough. I want to hear about delicious food.

Today in history:

951: Otto I The Great becomes King of Italy
1642: First commencement at Harvard
1806: Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis from the Northwest
1846: Johann Gottfried Galle first to see and identify the planet Neptune
1862: Emancipation Proclamation published in northern newspapers
1889: Nintendo Co. founded in Japan
1908: Merkle's boner
1941: First gas murder experiments performed at Auschwitz
1942: The Manhattan Project is founded
1957: First black students at a white Little Rock high school are chased out
1964: Fiddler on the Roof premieres in New York
1980: Bob Marley performs his final concert in Pittsburgh
2002: First public version of Firefox released

A fantastic day for musical birthdays, but we'll go with Ray Charles, born in 1930 (d. 2004).

Other musical birthdays today include John Coltrane and Bruce Springsteen, among others. Also worth noting is that John Lomax, a folk song collector who was instrumental in the early popularization of the blues and southern folk music, was born on this day in 1870.

Have a great Tuesday.