Malik Sealy, R.I.P

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 4, 2009

9 Dec 1999: Malik Sealy #2 of the Minnesota Timberwolves walks on the court during a game against the Portland TrailBlazers at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers defeated the Timberwolves 90-86.
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A passionate Wolf, with true hunger and determination. One of KG's right hand men, Malik Sealy went out a Timberwolf.

Over the course of Sealy's NBA career, Sealy averaged 10 points in 23 minutes.

His final season highlight consisted of making a game winning reverse putback shot at the buzzer over the Orlando Magic on December 29 of 1999. This gave the Wolves a 107-105 road win.

Another notable moment was a game-winning three-pointer off the glass at the buzzer in a 101-100 Timberwolves win over the Indiana Pacers on January 17, 2000.

Sealy is remembered by Kevin Garnett and Joe Smith, two of Sealy's teammates at the time.

“It was a tough situation to get over when you lose a teammate, especially in that fashion,” said Smith. “Everybody was close with Malik. That was the type of person he was.”

It is said that when Joe Smith and Kevin Garnett see each other, the bump their respective Malik Sealy tattoo's on their arms to pay homage to the late great Malik Sealy.

In Sealy's honor, the Wolves retired Malik Sealy's jersey No. 2. In Sealy's honor, Kevin Garnett writes Sealy's number inside of his shoes before every single game.

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Thinking about Corey Brewer's commentary on wearing the No. 22, instead of No. 2, brought back late memories of when I was young.

It was only this video , that brought tears to my eyes.

Malik Sealy, even to this day, you are missed, and I say that on behalf of all Wolves fans.

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R.I.P Malik Sealy