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Jonny (Flynn) on the Spot by Tracy Hackler

Minnesota Timberwolves exciting young rookie Jonny Flynn took time away from dazzling on the court early last week to dazzle off the court.

The first-year guard out of Syracuse pleasantly surprised the kids at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in Minneapolis with an unannounced visit to teach basketball skills and to battle them in head-to-head in Panini’s Adrenalyn XL trading card game.

“It’s definitely been a good day,” Flynn said. “The kids are really getting a kick out of this and I’m definitely getting a kick out of this. It’s definitely been a good day.”

Through Monday, Flynn, one of the most promising rookies of the 2009-10 class, was averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 assists per game. When it comes to playing Adrenalyn, however, Flynn took his lumps. Thankfully for us, he also took a little time to tell us about the experience.

Beckett Media: How did you do playing Adrenalyn against the kids?
Jonny Flynn: Actually, they’ve been loading up on me; you know, stacking up Kobe and LeBron and Dwight Howard and playing all these 100 ratings and I’m just using little old me. I think I’ve got to get in the gym a little bit more so I can definitely get my Adrenalyn rating up in my second year so I can try to compete with these kids the next time I come down here.

Beckett: Did you ever collect any sports cards growing up?
I collected every type of sports card; from the biggest names to the guys you would never see in a game. I collected everything, from basketball to baseball, football, hockey, everything. I definitely collected a lot of cards when I was younger.

Beckett: Did you have any cards that were more special to you than the others?
I had a Michael Jordan Rookie in a plastic case and I remember one day I went outside to go play and, being stupid and young, I took it out with me. I was showing everybody and I had it in my sweatpants pocket and I took my sweatpants off to play basketball at the park. When I cam over afterward, the card was gone. That was a tough day for me and I remember that day like it was yesterday. I shouldn’t have been trying to be Big Guy on Campus flossin’ it around.

Do you still have all your cards?
I have them back home. I didn’t bring them out here to Minneapolis with me. I have them in this big binder that I kept all my cards in. They’re well protected now, I must say.

What were your thoughts the first time you saw your own card?
It was definitely a satisfying feeling. Being a guy that used to collect cards when I was younger, to finally see myself on a trading card was definitely an amazing feeling and it just showed how far I came – from being a young guy working hard and trying to get to the point I’m at now.

— Tracy Hackler


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