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 fourth profile feature is newly acquired OTP writer Tim Parochka.
Name: Tim Parochka
Affiliation: On The Prowl
Web Address: www.ontheprowlmn.com
Tim! I appreciate the time! Should be fun!
Dan! Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions.
How long have you been covering the Wolves for On The Prowl?
I have been covering the Wolves for On The Prowl for less than a week, but I have been writing about them on other blogs and I was a columnist for the local newspaper in college where I wrote about them also.
What sparked your interest in journalism and how did you get affiliated with OTP?
Sports has always been a big thing for me and my family over the years so I thought I would go all-in on the investment and attempt to make it in journalism. Drew Mahowald, who's a writer at OTP, contacted me and asked if I would write for OTP. Shortly after, Dan contacted me and it's been smooth sailing from there.
What will fans find by viewing or listening to your content?
Hopefully thought-provoking articles with a unique twist.
What keeps you driven and motivated to cover the team with excellence?
I always feel like I have to prove myself. I'm an ultra-competitive guy so I put a lot of focus into everything I do which includes covering the Timberwolves.
As a sports radio host, you have welcomed an impressive list of guests on your show. Which have been your favorite to chat with?
This is a tough one. I've spoken with Kevin Harlan, Ernie Johnson, Chuck Knoblauch, Torii Hunter, Lee Jenkins and a lot more. All of them were amazing guests but Ernie Johnson and Kevin Harlan were probably my favorites.
The Wolves are one of the NBA’s best young squads. Why should fans be sure to follow the team next year?
Fans should follow the Wolves next year because it will interesting to see how it all comes together with Thibodeou, Rubio vs Dunn, KAT, Wiggins, LaVine and the new free-agents. They have a chance to make the playoffs. There's a lot of good storylines with this team next season.
Do you have a favorite Wolves memory in the time you’ve been covering them?
Yes, and Rubio supporters would drool over it. Last year I covered Wolves media day for my radio station. When Nemanja Bjelica was finished with his press conference, Rubio had fun and gave him a standing ovation. Rubio's media day press conference was next and when he was finished with his, I stood up in the media section and gave him a standing ovation - Rubio loved it so he came over and started shaking my hand and laughing.
What was the most enjoyable storyline in the past NBA season and why?
There were a lot of good storylines last season. The Warriors winning 73 games. Will Durant leave Oklahoma City? The Cavaliers winning the championship. But my favorite was when Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in the final game of his career.
Which are some of your favorite NBA and Wolves related writers you follow?
My favorite Wolves writers are Jerry Zgoda and Jon Krawczynski and my favorite NBA writer is Bill Simmons.
Rapid Fire (Flame Emojis)
Favorite sports movie? The Mighty Ducks
Favorite food? Tacos
Favorite weather/season? Fall
Favorite TV show? Sienfield
Hidden talent? I can juggle.
'95-'96 Bulls or '15-'16 Warriors? 95-96 Bulls. They won the title, right?
Favorite NBA player of all-time? Kevin Garnett - still get chills from the 2004 game 7 against the Kings.
Space Jam or Like Mike? Space Jam
When do the Wolves finally end NBA's longest playoff drought? 2017-18