Wolves purchased by baseball superstar, Steph breaking more records & Denver suffers serious
Updated: May 22, 2021
This week’s NBA weekly wrap begins and ends with Minnesota followed by more records being broken by three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry.
Not to mention, a top contender in the Western Conference is going to have to reshuffle the deck after suffering a serious setback in the form of a torn ACL to one of their star players.
Timberwolves to be purchased by group featuring baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez
Former baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce investor Marc Lore signed a letter of intent and now have 30 days to negotiate and finalize the purchase of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During negotiations, the team of Rodriguez and Lore among others will meet with Glen Taylor and the current ownership group.
Rodriguez attempted to purchase the New York Mets last year but attempts fell short.
In addition, basketball Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett backed out of potentially purchasing the Timberwolves in March.
Prior to, Garnett and Taylor’s relationship apparently soured after the belief that Taylor backed out of agreement with Garnett for a front office position after his retirement from the NBA.
The plan is to keep the team in Minnesota and the deal will include the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
This comes in part of a statement made by Taylor in July of 2020.
Curry passes Chamberlain as Warriors top point getter
Needing 19 points to pass center Wilt Chamberlain on the Warriors all-time points list, guard Stephen Curry scored 21 points in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets.
The historic basket came on a driving layup with 1:40 to go in the opening frame.
During the opening 12 minutes, Curry shot 6-of-9 from the field with five made three-pointers before leading his team to a 116-107 win over the Nuggets.
Curry finished with 53 points on 14-of-24 shooting including 10 threes, the 18th time he’s accomplished that feat.
He has now reached 30-plus points in seven straight games, posting his third 50-point game of the year and ninth of his career.
Chamberlain scored 17,783 points in his six years with the Warriors posting a staggering 41.5 points per game average to go along with 25.1 rebounds per game.
Having passed him, Curry now sits at 17,860 and counting in his 12th season in Golden State.
Curry turned 33 years old last month and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $201 million contract.
He is set to make $45.7 million next season.
Murray tears ACL, creates questions for Denver
It was announced Tuesday that Denver guard Jamal Murray tore his ACL Monday night against the Golden State Warriors.
Murray drove the lane in the fourth quarter and attempted to rise off his left foot and collapsed to the floor.
Head coach Mike Malone and his teammates expressed visible concern during the game and verbal concern after the game.
In addition, various members of the NBA community sent their regards via social media.
A wheelchair was brought out for Murray with about 51 seconds left in the game but he refused and was carried off the court with the help of two teammates.
Murray finished with 17 points in 33 minutes.
Before Monday, he was averaging 21.2 points per game and 4.8 assists per game at 24 years old.
During the postseason last year, Murray posted two 50-point games against the Utah Jazz, the current number one team in the Western Conference.
With center Nikola Jokic making a strong push for the Most Valuable Player award, Malone and the Nuggets may turn to either Monte Morris or Facundo Campazzo.
There are some growing beliefs that the team may pursue outside help in the form of Austin Rivers or otherwise.
Wolves-Nets honor Daunte Wright with pregame shirts
It’s the same story with yet a different name.
Another statement is being made through the NBA following the murder of an unarmed Black man at the hands of law enforcement.
Twenty year old Daunte Wright was killed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after being pulled over for expired tags by officer Kim Potter.
Potter alleges that she attempted to draw her taser but accidentally drew her gun and fired at Wright after attempting to drive away in a believed effort to avoid being detained.
In the aftermath, both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets wore pregame shirts that read, “Justice and Liberty FOR ALL.” While the impact of this display has yet to be determined, the killing of Wright comes as the majority of the state is heavily entrenched in the Derek Chauvin trial after he murdered George Floyd last May.