Marc Lore said it was a “blessing in disguise” when the bid he and Alex Rodriguez put in to buy the New York Mets finished as the runnier-up in that process.
“Because we’re super excited about the NBA,” Lore said on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday afternoon.
So perhaps it’s a better fit that Rodriguez and Lore are now the owners to be of the Timberwolves, pending NBA approval.
“It all happened really fast. We really connected with (current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor),” Lore said. “Glen has done an amazing job of building the team over the last 27 years and is looking for owners to carry out his legacy and infuse a new way of thinking about things. Between Alex and I’s skillsets and knowledge, we thought it was a good match all around, and Glen seems like a great partner. We’re excited to put everything we know into building the organization.”
Lore’s skillset includes technology. The former president & CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S. and founder of Jet.com hinted at one potential technological upgrade to come at Target Center. When Eisen brought up shooting a T-shirt cannon, Lore cooked up a different idea.
“How about dropping them with drones?” Lore said. “How about that. We’re going to really infuse some new ways to think about using tech in the stadium, and we’ve got some really cool ideas. We could include drones, dropping T-shirts.”
Lore and Eisen are connected through the Run Rich Run foundation. A challenge between Lore and Michael Rubin from the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils will be settled with a 40-yard race against Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The challenge raises money for the Run Rich Run initiative, which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Lore has an intense interest in making a difference in the community. That’s why he was so interested in talking with Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie recently.
“Love to see what he’s doing to really help the city there along the lines of racial equity, and I think there’s a lot we can do. There is a great platform to do good, and we’re excited to do that,” Lore said. “I look forward to going back to Minnesota, spending real time there, getting to know the community, getting to know the fans and seeing what we can do.”
Monday marked the second half of Minnesota’s 10th two-game set with consecutive games against the same opponent this season. They’ve split each of the prior six sets.
Why is it so hard to sweep the two games?
“You’re fighting against human nature, for one,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “Really good coaches and really good players in this league that are making adjustments, and that’s why we love it. I think it’s great from a coaching point of view, because it’s a lot like playoffs. We talked about that the other day. It mimics playoffs. You’ve got to go out and be ready to execute even at a higher level than what you were just able to accomplish to be successful, and then be ready to adjust.”