Love, Barea and Turiaf Hoop With Target Employees

Love, Barea and Turiaf Hoop With Target Employees

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Target Corporation bonded Oct. 27 on a basketball court.

Kevin Love, J.J. Barea and Ronny Turiaf didn’t hold the homecourt advantage, though.

Target employees and the three players were able to share a few laughs while the players and six employees played a game of T-A-R-G-E-T (played like H-O-R-S-E) on Target’s new outdoor court located across the street from its corporate headquarters in the Target Commons.

The event started off with an intro from the team’s Sr. Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Ryan Tanke who noted how great it was to see the Wolves and Target together for the event, especially after the announcement of the Target Center Renovation.

“We’re trying to kick off the season. Fans throughout the market are excited. You know, we’ve got our core group of guys ready to go,” Tanke said. “Wolves fans have a lot to be fired up about right now and so we’ve had Kevin Love, Ronny Turiaf and J.J. Barea with us today certainly generating some interest and some excitement about the season. But even more thanking the Target Corporation and the great employees that work here for all of their support.”

Before the game, players were able to answers questions asked to them by fans and B-Wright. Questions included “toughest players to defend,” “thoughts on advanced stats”, and “who was the biggest trash talker in the locker room?”

Turiaf and Love both pointed to the 5 foot 9 Barea after the final question.

“I do it to motivate,” Barea said with a grin on his face.

After Tanke wrapped up his intro, the three stars were split apart and given two teammates random Target employees as teammates. Other employees and media members watched outside while snacking on some popcorn. Shots varied from layups, behind the backboard shots and Love even tried a sitting down half-court shot (he missed a few inches to the right).

Target employee Joel Ramirez De Arellano was a member of Turiaf’s team, and while he liked Turiaf, he was going up against one of his favorite players.

“I’m from Puerto Rico and J.J. Barea is the only Puerto Rican player we have in the league and the fact that I could meet him and actually shoot with him was incredible.” The trash-talking Barea and his squad fell first. It was then down to Turiaf and Love. The center from Le Robert, Martinique isn’t exactly known for his shooting and that benefited Team Love. Love and his squad ultimately came away with the coveted TARGET win.

The event was a nice reminder of the partnership the Wolves and Target has had through the years. If the event was any indication, this relationship will stay strong for quite some time.

“October has been an incredible month for Target Center that has included the WNBA Finals, the announced deal that will transform the fan experience and the fast approaching Timberwolves Opening Night,” Tanke said after the event. “The connection between our franchise and Target is truly a winning relationship that we hope to continue for many years to come.”

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