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Zach LaVine to Sound the Gjallarhorn Prior to Sunday’s Vikings vs. Falcons Game

WHAT: Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 first-round pick (No. 13 overall) Zach LaVine  will sound the Gjallarhorn before Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons game. The game will be nationally televised on Fox.

WHERE:  TCF Bank Stadium

420 SE 23rd Ave

Minneapolis, MN

WHEN: Sunday, September 28

LaVine Introduction: 3:14 p.m.

Gjallarhorn Sound: 3:24 p.m.

Kickoff: 3:25 p.m.

INFO: Centuries ago, a Gjallarhorn was a horn sounded by Viking gods to signal the beginning of a great battle. The original Minnesota Vikings mascot, Hub Meeds, would sound a horn on the sidelines when the team played at Metropolitan Stadium. The Vikings Gjallarhorn was re-created and has been sounded to start each game since, signaling THE VIKINGS ARE COMING. Notable honorary Vikings that have sounded the horn since its re-creation include: Joe Mauer, Brock Lesnar, Neal Broten, Mardy Fish, Olympian Shawn Johnson, Minnesota Lynx All-Star Lindsay Whalen, Paul Molitor, along with several prominent Vikings alumni.

Zach LaVine will be the second Minnesota Timberwolves representative to sound the horn (Kevin Love – 2011).

By: Minnesota Timberwolves

Matthew Dellavedova: From Country Victoria to the Court of King James

Basketball has always been a family affair for Matthew Dellavedova. From spending his formative years marshalling grandparents and cousins around the backyard, to watching his father Mark play every Friday as his mother Leanne completed cheerleading duties, Dellavedova has been hooked on the sport since an early age. Read the rest of this entry »

College Coach: “Aaron is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Player”

The player that Aaron Gordon was at the end of his freshman season at the University of Arizona was vastly different than the one who arrived on campus last summer predominantly unable to hit a jump shot.

Similarly, Arizona coach Sean Miller knows that the player that Gordon is now as he embarks on his rookie season with the Orlando Magic will likely pale in comparison to the standout player that the 18-year-old forward will ultimately become. Read the rest of this entry »

Team USA’s Klay Thompson Breaks Down the Skills That Make Him a Shooting Star

After a spirited practice at the United States Military Academy at West Point last week, the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson had enough energy to break down a player far less crucial to Team USA’s hopes in Spain—mine.

“I see you,” Thompson said in assessing this writer’s shooting form. “That’s not bad.” Still, the Warriors sharpshooter suggested I begin my setup a bit higher for a quicker release. Coming from one of the best shooters on the planet, I gladly listened to his advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Aussie Country Boy Matthew Dellavedova Living NBA Dream as LeBron James’ New Teammate

Matthew Dellavedova doesn’t spend much time dwelling on it but when he is working on his game at Maryborough Stadium, he recognizes he is “living the dream”.

From Maryborough to California’s St Mary’s College where he rewrote the record books, onto the London Olympics before cracking the NBA, Dellavedova’s journey daily fulfills those dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

Kings Q&A: Darren Collison

How excited are you to be a part of the Kings organization?

“I’m extremely excited. I think the best part about this whole situation is we’re all being doubted. A lot of people feel like we’re not going to be able to do anything this year and I think it’s the best part about playing the game of basketball – you get to prove doubters wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »

Noah Channels Passion for Chicago

“Dreadlocks coming into the game! Dreadlocks, what you going to do?”

“Ahhh! Dreadlocks!”

It was the Joakim Noah Show at the United Center on Saturday afternoon, but instead of thrilling a capacity crowd with his unique All-NBA game, the Chicago Bulls star was on the microphone playing hype man for a basketball game pitting the dreadlocked against the clean-headed, the undersized against the overweight, the South Side against the West Side. Read the rest of this entry »

Q&A with Chase Budinger

Minnesota Timberwolves forward and La Costa Canyon High grad Chase Budinger will be holding his annual basketball camp in Carlsbad next week. Running from July 21-25, the camp — aimed at boys and girls ages 9-17 — will run for four hours a day and focus on basketball’s fundamentals. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Conley: When I Was a Kid

As told to Christina M. Tapper, SI Kids

As a teenager, Mike Conley spent his summers traveling the country and playing hoops with the best of the best. In 2004, he ran the offense for the AAU Spiece Indy Heat, a team with a roster of future NBA stars — Miami Heat center Greg Oden, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, Charlotte Hornets forward Josh McRoberts, and guard Daequan Cook, who played for the Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls in 2012–2013 and in Ukraine this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Nash Excited To Mentor Team Canada This Summer

The Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball Team kicked off their summer program at the Air Canada Center on Sunday as they prepare for a jam packed four weeks of practices and games against top teams in Europe. After three days of practice in Toronto, Team Canada will arrive in Venice on Wednesday to begin a tour of friendly exhibition games against Slovenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Bosnia, Spain, Turkey and Angola before returning to Toronto on August 13. Now that Canada has a roster loaded with exciting young recognizable talent, getting exhibition games against top European teams isn’t a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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