This is definitely bittersweet, but this morning's post is my last at Canis Hoopus. It's been a great run, and I've whole-heartedly enjoyed working with the CH staff as well as interacting with the many loyal readers. You can bet I'll be keeping up with the site and all the Wolves news.
Wednesday night I was able to cover Kobe Bryant's final game at the Target Center, and it did not disappoint ... well, at least, it didn't disappoint offensively. Karl-Anthony Towns played a fantastic game, especially finding his groove in the second and third quarter, and Shabazz Muhammad went 6-of-6 from the floor in just seven minutes. Topping everyone, though, was Kevin Martin.
When I saw Martin jam his hand early in the first quarter and immediately clutch his wrist, I immediately thought he would be done for the night. Head coach Sam Mitchell all but intentionally avoided eye contact, though, and Martin stayed in. And scored baskets. A lot of them. At the end of the night, Martin had 37 points in the books. The game proved ironically similar to last season's game against New York in which Martin fractured his wrist in the first quarter and went on to score 37 points.
Fortunately for Minnesota fans, the X-ray on Martin's wrist came back negative Thursday, and he should be ready to go tonight in Denver.
Wednesday's game was a great one off the court as well; I had the pleasure of attending Bryant's post-game presser, and it was a fantastic last experience to have as a Canis rep. I'll be the first to admit here that I've never been a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, but no one can deny the impact he's made in the league. And that being said, the All-Star was the picture of class at Target Center, saying some great things about the city of Minneapolis and the Wolves' building team.
I'm grateful I got to see this side of Bryant in person as he finishes out his NBA career.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
When deciding what my final recommendation would be, it feels fitting that I leave you with a football film since I'm moving on to the football scene (sorry!). This is one of my all-time favorite movies, despite being made for TV.
The Junction Boys
This movie portrays the storied Bear Bryant and his first summer as the head coach at Texas A&M. I didn't expect much when I first watched the flick several years ago, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hidden gem has solid acting, a great soundtrack and is sure to be enjoyed by any sports fan.
I couldn't even find an official trailer for the lower-budget feature, but that doesn't stop me from recommending it. Check out the trailer below and happy weekending!
P.S. ... it's not 'good bye.' It's 'see you later.'