Dec 1, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Wolves Plan to Smoke Heat Out of Minnesota

Smoking because of the smoke in Mexico, get it? Nevermind.

The Wolves have been luddites in terms of adopting analytical strategies to better inform their decision-making process. It’s been a hallmark of their decades of draft night failures and the reluctance to change leadership or their approach has garnered much teeth gnashing among the more faithful fans.

But what about the not-so-faithful? What about them?

Well, fortunately, for them, the Wolves also have one of the most active and relatively creative marketing teams. The latest Wolves-related marketing ploy? Selling special tickets to the not-so-faithful Wolves fans to high five the Miami Heat as they enter the Target Center — make ‘em feel at home, know they’re loved even when they’re on the road.



As if the most obnoxious, ignorant NBA fans in the world need another reason to act like jackasses while their “favorite” squad plays against the home team. Way to go, Wolves. You’ve outdone yourselves...

Teams in all pro leagues have resorted to forcing fans to pay higher prices when marquee opponents visit. Some force fans to buy packages that include tickets for games featuring less attractive opponents for a chance to watch the best teams. The Minnesota Timberwolves have come up with an unusual way to market off another team’s success for their upcoming Dec. 7 home game: a chance to high-five the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat players.

In an ad tweeted by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Timberwolves are offering 60 upper-level seats that also allow the ticket-holder to join in on a fan tunnel and high-five the visiting Heat players as they make their way to the Target Center court.

Whether the Heat are aware of the Timberwolves involving their players in a road marketing play is not known.

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