Alan Anderson is Final Four-bound!
By: Larry Fitzgerald
Originally posted 3/30/2005
At the Men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament in
Chicago two weeks ago, Michigan State basketball star Alan
Anderson, who shoots 88 percent from the free throw line,
missed two critical free throws in the final seconds, with
a chance to seal a victory against Iowa.
It was one of those days —
his team missed a total of 15 free throws in the loss.
The memory of that painful missed opportunity helped
fuel the Spartans to not let another opportunity like
that slip away.
Sunday, in double overtime,
the former Minneapolis De La Salle Star redeemed
himself, making four straight game clinching free throws
in the final seconds. Anderson led the Spartans to a
thrilling 94-88 double overtime upset win over Kentucky,
and a trip to the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis.
Reaching the NCAA Final Four
is a major team accomplishment and the dream of most
basketball players on playgrounds across the United
States. Michigan State, North Carolina, No. 1 Illinois
and Louisville will duel it out this weekend. The winner
walks way with a National Championship.
I have known Anderson and his
family since he was a small child. He and my older son
Larry, Jr., are best friends, so to recall listening to
him talk about his dreams and to see him reach them
makes me swell with pride.
Anderson is on target to
graduate this spring, with the prospect of a future in
the NBA. I know his Mom Dorseen very well — she is a
God-fearing woman who has done it the right way. She and
my late wife Carol were really close. Dorseen has been
there for our family.
A single parent from
Indianapolis, Dorseen has done a remarkable job of
raising two outstanding young men and instilling the
Christian values that have helped them stay on the right
path to success.
Bob Casey will be missed
He was the voice of Twins
Baseball for 44 years. If you pause for a moment and
close your eyes, you can hear the echo of his booming
voice saying, “No smoking in the Metrodome” or,
”Numbers on the board are correct” after a Twins win
I remember Bob Casey as a
huge fan of the game of baseball. He was the public
announcer (PA) for every game I’ve ever covered over
26 years. When I worked at another radio station in town
years ago, he did the intro to our radio show. Our
sincere sympathy is extended to the Casey family;
baseball in the Twin Cities will never be the same.
Timberwolves should consider Sam
If the Timberwolves are to
continue their eight-year streak of making the NBA
playoffs they will likely have to win all of their
remaining games. And even if they make the playoffs,
they will be heavy underdogs to either San Antonio or
Phoenix in a first round playoff series. So the question
is, will they be better off making the playoffs or being
in the lottery long-term?
Kevin McHale has done a good
job on an interim basis since he replaced Flip Saunders,
who was fired after 10 years. The organization will
likely be looking for new leadership this summer.
I think the Timberwolves
should strongly consider former Timberwolves player and
current Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, if he
becomes available. Mitchell knows the organization and
commands respect from players. The Timberwolves will
need a fresh start after this year of disappointment,
and I say Mitchell is the man for the tough job ahead.