Posted By: Dan Slaubaugh
The Minnesota Timberwolves community is extremely fortunate to have a large collection of dedicated, knowledgeable Wolves writers who cover the team year in and year out. Here at OTP, we are giving fans an opportunity to find out more about these talented individuals. Our second profile feature is Lucas Seehafer, who landed a writing position at Canis Hoopus after his successful run with his start-up blog "The Long Two".
Name: Lucas Seehafer
Affiliation: Canis Hoopus
Web Address: www.canishoopus.com
Well, Lucas. I appreciate you taking your time out of your day to do this. Wolves news is a bit dead right now.
No problem! The doldrums of summer are definitely upon us, but the season is fast approaching. There’s only *checks calendar* a couple more months until the Wolves take the court again! *weeps softly*
How long have you been covering the Wolves for Canis Hoopus?
I started writing for Canis on January 1, 2016 after writing at my own blog, The Long Two, beginning in late September 2015.
What sparked your interest in writing and how did you get affiliated with Canis Hoopus?
I’ll try to keep this short. My itch to write first arose during my senior year in undergrad, but I can’t really say what triggered it. It just kind of happened. I actually wrote a few FanPosts on Canis Hoopus that were met with mixed reviews. I kind of gave up writing after I published those for a few reasons, but the itch came back much stronger the following September when I started grad school. I wanted a hobby that would help me decompress and allow me to focus on something for a few hours a week other than what I was studying, and writing about basketball seemed to be the natural solution. I started up The Long Two towards the end of September and wrote roughly 2-3 posts per week. A few days after Christmas the guys from Canis contacted me on Twitter and asked if I would be willing to write for their site and the rest is history.
What will readers find on Canis Hoopus?
Readers will mostly find (in my opinion) some of the best Minnesota Timberwolves coverage on the internet, but that’s not to say we’re strictly a Wolves’ blog. Eric in Madison (the head honcho at Canis) will include a Today in History segment at the end of many of his posts that outline important events that have occurred in the past on that particular date and Josh Clement (another writer at Canis) often includes a This Week in Things that are Great segment that touches on cool things that have happened within the past week. I’ve written a review on Andrew Wiggins’ new shoes and made the case for why Space Jam 2 is a bad idea. Key Sang once wrote about the WWE. We are also famous for posting some of our favorite recipes after blow out games rather than writing about the carnage on the court.
What keeps you driven and motivated to cover the team with excellence?
The biggest thing is that I look at the people I consider colleagues in the Wolves’ blogosphere (guys like John Meyer, David Naylor, Eric, Key, Josh, Steve McPherson, Tim Faklis, Bill Bohl, Zach Harper, Derek James, Zach Bennett, all of you at On the Prowl, and countless others), and I see what great work they do. It really makes me dig deep and strive to write to the best of my ability. They make me look at Wolves’ basketball, and the NBA in general, at different angles and with different perspectives and I feel like that “competition” has really helped me grow as a writer and basketball observer. And then there are writers like Darren Wolfson, Jon Krawczynski, and Britt Robson, who are so far above what I could ever dream of becoming as a writer, who also provide motivation and a goal to reach for, no matter how unobtainable it may seem. I think I would die if I ever became as good at covering the Wolves as those guys, and really everybody that I named in this answer, are.
Do you have any interest in possibly moving up in the sports media world to cover the team at a bigger platform?
You know, I don’t want to say no, but I am very happy with where I am at at the moment. If an opportunity were to arise I would definitely have to think about accepting it, but I wouldn’t say that I am actively in search of opportunities. There are many more deserving people who are much better at what they do than I am and I am really passionate about the grad program in which I am enrolled, so that definitely is my priority.
The Wolves are one of the NBA’s best young squads. Why should fans be sure to follow the team next year?
The Wolves are going to be a fun team to watch and there won’t be a lack of story lines surrounding the team. KAT, Wiggins, and LaVine form, in my opinion, the most exciting young core in the entire NBA, only possibly rivaled by the Milwaukee Bucks. Those three all figure to take major leaps forward under Tom Thibodeau’s leadership. Ricky Rubio will continue doing Ricky Rubio things and hopefully everyone will finally appreciate the value he brings to the team. New comers Kris Dunn, Cole Aldrich, Brandon Rush, and Jordan Hill will improve the bench play. Nemanja Bjelica will have a stronger sophomore campaign. Kevin Garnett may be playing his final season in the NBA. Basically, if you like exciting basketball, the Wolves will provide it and may have their first winning season since 2004.
Do you have a favorite Wolves memory in the time you've been covering them?
It has to be the overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors, right? I mean, that game was so much fun and was really the first time I thought to myself, “Holy *beep* this team has a chance to be SPECIAL soon.” Andrew Wiggins was amazing, Karl-Anthony Towns was amazing, Shabazz Muhammad was amazing. I remember just being in a state of stupor after that game. It felt like the Wolves had just won a playoff series.
What was the most enjoyable storyline in the past NBA season and why?
The Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA title. It was just so cool to witness LeBron be the greatest player of his generation against arguably the greatest regular season team of all time after being down 3-1 and coming back to bring a championship to Cleveland for the first time in an eternity. It was like watching a fairytale, only more unrealistic.
Which are some of your favorite NBA and Wolves related writers you follow?
Well I listed pretty much all of my favorite Wolves’ writers earlier, but other favorites of mine include Matt Femrite, Zach Lowe, Howard Beck, all of The Starters (J.E. Skeets, Trey Kirby, Tas Melas, and Leigh Ellis), Kristen Ledlow, and Shea Serrano just to name a few more. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. NBA Twitter is so full of knowledgeable writers it’s tough to narrow it down and not forget someone.
Rapid Fire (Flame Emojis)
Favorite sports movie? Truthfully, I’m not a huge movie guy, but I really like Rudy.
Favorite food? There’s so many to choose from! But if forced to make a choice I’d say tater tot hotdish.
Favorite weather/season? Definitely the beginning of fall when the nights are around 45-50 degrees and the days are in the high 60s.
Favorite TV show? I don’t watch much tv either, but Scrubs and Psych are tied for number one.Hmmmmmm. I think I’d say photography actually. It’s a hobby I enjoy partaking in every once in a blue moon and I’d like to think some of my pictures are good.
'95-'96 Bulls or '15-'16 Warriors? Well, this is a lot like comparing apples to oranges. Yes, both are fruit, but they really can’t be compared because their genetic make-ups are so different. The way in which the game is played today compared to back in ’95-’96 makes this comparison difficult, in my opinion. Regardless, both were historic teams that changed the way the game is played.
Favorite NBA player of all-time? I’m a relative newcomer to the NBA (I became a diehard only in 2011), so my list of potential all-time favorites is limited to the recent past. So I have to go LeBron James. I’ll brag to my grandkids that I got to watch his entire career and the majesty that it was.
Space Jam or Like Mike? PFFFFF. Space Jam hands down. Lil’ Bow Wow’s got nothing on Bugs Bunny.
When do the Wolves finally end NBA's longest playoff drought? My heart says this coming season, but my head says 2017-18. I think 41 wins should be the goal this season; anything above that is gravy
Another big thank you to Lucas for appearing on our series. Wolves fans, make sure to follow he and his content daily on Canis Hoopus!