Judd Spicer is an award-winning, veteran freelance writer and was a colleague of mine at the City Pages, where he covered the Twins and Wolves. Recently though, he decided to leave the Midwest and relocate his writing desk to Southern California, the better to monitor the cutthroat world of pro beach volleyball (I don’t know if that last part is true). He’s a fine fellow and a sharp dresser and can be followed at Twitter here.
Kevin Love may be locked out, but the All-Star forward and reigning NBA rebound champ isn’t locked down. He’s just using the time during the league’s labor dispute to attack a different net.
The Timberwolves’ forward made his pro volleyball debut on Thursday morning at the world’s most historic and most competitive beach volleyball tournament, the Manhattan Beach Open, part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series. Total prize money for the event is $200,000, making it the richest domestic tournament of the season. Love’s anticipated salary for 2011-12? Just a hair over $4.6 million.