My first NBA game was everything I’d hoped for and more.
Our seats were terrific. Directly above the lower level in what appeared to be the handicapped section. Our seats were actually padded folding chairs, and there were only a couple fans within 10 feet of us.
Parking was $10, but there was no one around to collect our money when we left the ramp. So it was free.
The Timberwolves fans were friendly, despite me wearing my Lakers shirt to the game.
My friend Mark and I had great conversations all the way up and all the way back. We didn’t turn on the radio even once.
Best of all, the basketball was exciting and fun to watch. The Lakers won 132-119. Not much defense on either side in this game. The Lake Show posted its highest point total of the season.
All the Laker players were healthy and playing well. My favorite Lakers, Trevor Ariza and Andrew Bynum, made significant contributions (Bynum had 27 pts and 15 rebs). And Kobe was, well, Kobe. He scored a bunch of points and swished several shots that made me shake my head in awe.
I really, really enjoyed this one-day trip and hope to attend more NBA games in the future. Thanks to Mark for making the arrangements and helping me navigate Minneapolis.
On the Minnesota side, I enjoyed watching former UCLA Bruin Kevin Love. He fouled out, but not before getting his share of points and rebounds off the bench. He’s a good player and will get better if he stays in shape.