June 25, 2009: A Minnesota tragedy.
As the story goes, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the fifth (via the Wizards) and sixth overall selections in the NBA Draft. The first four selections were Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden and Tyreke Evans. The Timberwolves, in need of a point guard, found a deep crop of backcourt specialists still on the board.
So they took Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn with back-to-back picks. Rubio stayed in Spain for two more years. He now has five underwhelming seasons under his NBA belt.
Flynn struggled through three NBA seasons before going overseas. He is currently without a professional club.
The Warriors selected after the Wolves. They took a point guard named Stephen Curry. A Timberwolves fan is now wearing that pain:
— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) March 9, 2016
The article of clothing made an appearance during Tuesday's Spurs-Timberwolves game in Minnesota, worn by fan John Sharkman.
Of course, Curry evolved into a Renaissance Man in Golden State. The reigning MVP and NBA champion upped the ante this year with a Player Efficiency Rating of 32.4, which would be the greatest of all-time. His 56-6 Warriors also have a shot at the best NBA regular season record of all-time.
The shirt is apparently a product of Tony Robles, a Bay Area graphic artist:
— Tony Robles (@Tonypsd) March 8, 2016
Two side notes:
--For those curious, the Knicks selected Jordan Hill with that empty eighth pick. He was traded after 24 games.
--Point guards Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Darren Collison, Patrick Beverley and Patty Mills were all selected later in the draft. The Timberwolves even selected Lawson as a third point guard at No. 18, but he was immediately traded to the Nuggets for a 2010 first round pick.
The Timberwolves used that pick, No. 16 overall, on Luke Babbitt.
-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.