Towns turned 20 early in the season but showed the polish and poise of a veteran from the very early stages. His ability to pass, rebound, block shots and score from the paint and 3-point line make him the quintessential big man for the modern era and give the Timberwolves hope that they have finally found the star players needed to carry them out of the abyss.
“He’s going to be a Hall of Famer in this league,” Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant said.
Towns is the second straight Timberwolves player to win the Rookie of the Year award, after teammate Andrew Wiggins had a similarly convincing debut. Add to those two young stars a promising supporting cast including Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad that will be coached next season by Tom Thibodeau, and the Wolves believe they have the ingredients to finally end a 12-season playoff drought.
It didn’t take Towns very long to make an impact. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the second game of the season, a victory over Denver, and though many rookies hit a wall in the middle of the long, grueling NBA regular season, Towns got better as the season went on. He averaged 21.3 points on 55 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds in the final 31 games of the season.
Towns would occasionally find one of his rookie of the month awards buried in his locker while he was looking for a pair of socks after a game.
“He’s about winning,” Towns’ father, Karl, said. “He’s not about no accolades. Karl doesn’t take losing. He’s never going to settle. That’s the drive in him. That’s what drives Karl. He has goals that he’s set, and he’s not going to be happy until he achieves them.”
The NBA announced Friday that the board of governors has approved a three-year pilot program to allow teams to sell a corporate logo on their jerseys.
Teams can now start pitching companies on buying a 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch space as the NBA becomes the first of the four major U.S. sports leagues to put ads on regular game-day jerseys.
Kenseth and Larson battled door-to-door for part of the final five laps, and the 2003 NASCAR champion picked all the right lines and pulled away at the end. Chase Elliott made a late push and finished third in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Larson matched his career-best finish and Elliott had the top finish of his rookie season.
Kenseth joined his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in Victory Lane for 2016. The 44-year-old Kenseth is older than the combined ages of Elliott, 20, and the 23-year-old Larson. Larson said he had too much respect for Kenseth to try to bump out of the way when they closed within a few inches of each other.
UCLA’s baseball stadium is named for Robinson and features a statue of him. The school also erected a statue of his No. 42 in March.
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