With the final roster spot vacated because of Josh Howard’s torn ACL, the Timberwolves have settled on Lazar Hayward to provide some depth on the wing. After working out James Anderson, Joey Graham and Hayward this past week (according to the Star Tribune), the Wolves have settled on Hayward after James Anderson went to the Houston Rockets.
As many of you may remember, Hayward scored 160 points in 42 games as a rookie for the Wolves in the 2010-11 season before being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder last December. Personally, I would have preferred James Anderson because he does more offensively and would fill more of the shooting guard role the Wolves need when they decide to go small or even just to have backup for Shved at times. Anderson can also play the 3 in a pinch. However, Hayward will most likely provide a few minutes here and there to save Andrei Kirilenko’s legs and back and allow Adelman to not lose too much size at the backup small forward position, if he decides to keep Derrick Williams more at the 4 when he plays him.
The deal is non-guaranteed, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was only here for a week or two as they try to acquire or sign someone else to fill in for the rest of the season.
So yeah… that’s pretty much all there is to this story.
Oh wait, there is one more thing.
Lazar has been seeing mediums, seeing spirits, and becoming more of a spiritual and meditative person. He has SEEN SPIRITS.
“I’ve actually touched into another piece of my life with some spiritual stuff,” Hayward told reporters. “I’ve been going to see some mediums. I’ve seen two. They’ve both said the same thing. I’ve actually been able to see a spirit when I’ve been in one of the meetings. I can’t talk to them yet but I have seen them. … [Mediums] are people who can see and talk to spirits. I actually had a friend go there. They were able to speak to their brother who has been dead for about six years now. That’s exactly what a medium is.”
“Just a meeting between [a medium] and I, and I’ve actually been in a group meeting as well,” he explained. “They practice meditation, they teach meditation, they teach spiritual healing. Living in that enlightened state.”
“I’ve just kind of had a lot of questions spiritually because I’ve always kind of seen stuff when I was a kid,” he said on the Star-Tribune video. “I’d tell my family and they would look at me and say, ‘Lazar, you might need some help.’ They used to make fun of me all the time. I just had a lot of questions because I’ve always wondered. He said I came there for a reason. He told me: ‘You know what you’ll be doing after you play basketball, right? You’ll be having my job. I can’t pay you what the NBA will pay you but you’ll like it.’”
Personally, I don’t believe in curses or mediums or psychics. It wouldn’t shock me if they turned out to be real but for the most part, psychics and mediums seem like con artists who are incredibly adept at picking up on signals from people and using them to manipulate and exploit for their own personal gain. I find them to be the type of person who preys on someone who desperately wants to find another meaning to what is going on.
If Lazar feels like it’s helping him be more at peace and understand his life more (both professionally and personally), then good for him. I’m glad he’s doing it and allowing someone to make money off of it. But I just don’t know that I see a lot of difference between what he said here and when Michael Beasley inspired me to make this photoshop:
Maybe that’s just me.
Welcome back, Lazar!