Justin Hamilton will play for the first time in five games tonight for the Wolves but the same can't be said for the rest of the injured players on the roster. Kevin Garnett, Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio, among others, aren't expected to see action against the Lakers.
Far be it from me to tell Vikings owner Mark Wilf how to spend his money. He has plenty of it, and he can do with it as he pleases.
Still, the details of his son Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah — the Jewish rite of passage that signals the beginning of manhood — are quite interesting, as reported by TMZ:
French Montana serenaded a bunch of 13-year-olds with a song celebrating cocaine. … Andrew the Bar Mitzvah boy made his entrance in a hamster ball with exploding confetti. And famed electric violinist Irene Fong did her thing in front of the crowd. We have no idea how much Wilf dropped on the shindig, but we know French’s going rate is $100k for private functions.
Hamster balls and six-figure entertainment? The only thing missing — at least as far as we know — was a camel. You only get that when you turn 30.
While top state lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton continue to vow no state subsidy for a professional soccer stadium, leaders of the House and Senate are preparing to mount a push for Super Bowl-related tax breaks requested by the NFL.
Mike Zimmer, speaking at the NFL owners meetings this morning, reiterated the Vikings’ stance that they expect disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson to play for them this season.
Zimmer also clarified a comment he made to Pro Football Talk earlier in the offseason, saying, “I never once said I would accommodate him” by trading Peterson if that’s what he really wanted.
“I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want,” the head coach said. “Adrian’s under contract for three more years with us and that’s why you sign these contracts. That’s why you get these big bonuses, you know?”
Peterson has three years remaining on the six-year, $96 million contract extension he signed in 2011. He has a base salary of $12.75 million this season and can make $45 million total over the final three seasons of his contract. But there is no guaranteed money beyond this season.
While it’s unclear whether money or something else is his true motivation for wanting out of town, Team Peterson is trying to create leverage somehow by making his displeasure public.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the Vikings have no intentions of trading Peterson at this point.
Zimmer backed that up again today by emphatically stating, “We have no plans to trade Adrian.”
One more Peterson tidbit to note from the owners meetings: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that April 15 is still the relevant date when it comes to Peterson’s reinstatement and that he plans to meet with Peterson sometime before then to discuss where things stand.
Mike Zimmer said this morning at the NFL owners meetings that the Vikings are close to reaching a contract agreement with free-agent cornerback Terence Newman, one of Zimmer’s former players.
Newman visited the Vikings last week but left the Twin Cities without a deal. The two sides stayed in touch, though, and Newman now appears to be close to officially reuniting with Zimmer.
Zimmer was in Dallas when the Cowboys drafted Newman fifth overall in the 2003 draft. Zimmer coached Newman for four seasons there. Newman would later be selected to a pair of Pro Bowls.
After Newman’s play dropped from that Pro Bowl level, he signed in 2012 with the Bengals, whose defense was being coordinated by Zimmer at the time. Newman, who started for the Bengals the past three seasons, again benefited from the relationship before Zimmer joined the Vikings in 2014.
Last season, though, Newman wasn’t as sharp. And considering he turns 37 in September and will be one of the league’s oldest cornerbacks, it’s fair to wonder how much he has in the tank.
But the Vikings need more capable bodies at the position. Their depth wasn’t tested in 2014, with Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson all playing 16 games. Behind them on the depth chart were veteran punt returner Marcus Sherels and 2014 seventh-round pick Jabari Price.
That is why signing Newman is worth a shot, especially given his track record with the head coach.