The NBA has held 30 drafts since the lottery began in 1985. With the Wolves slated to pick first for the first time Thursday, staff writer Kent Youngblood looks at how well the past 30 No. 1s fared. You might be surprised how rarely the first player taken turned out to be the best player.
Three months ago, the Vikings made a deal to acquire wide receiver Mike Wallace from the Dolphins. The immediate question in the aftermath was what would happen to Greg Jennings, a similarly high-priced veteran WR who had been on the team for two years.
We didn’t have to wait long to get the answer; the very next day, the Vikings released Jennings.
The thing is, Jennings and his wife, Nicole, had already made Minnesota their home and were very comfortable here. So even though Jennings signed with the Dolphins after his release, the family has remained here and intends to keep doing so.
On Monday, Jennings hosted his eighth annual Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Classic, and for the first time it was in Minnesota. The event, out at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, raised funds for Jennings’ foundation.
I had a chance to chat with Jennings for a few minutes beforehand and asked him whether he was surprised and/or unhappy about how things ended with the Vikings.
“Not at all. That’s neither her nor there,” he said. “That’s one of those things that when you become a professional, that’s the nature of the business.”
I also couldn’t resist asking him about his social media prank, in which he said on Twitter that he was going to be announcing his new team (only to reveal later it was an April Fool’s joke, snagging many including myself, in the trap).
“I play an April Fool’s Day joke every year,” he said. “It just so happened that his year was a little different because I was a free agent. So we just played with it. In life, you have to embrace where you are. It wasn’t going to change who I was or what I do.”