T-Wolves President Chris Wright has received 1,300 e-mails about Bill Simmons; source says number is 15,000

Posted on May 11th, 2009 – 11:06 AM
By Michael Rand

simmonshowl1.jpg[Second update]: So it turns out the 15,000 number might be a tad high. The Timberwolves have confirmed President Chris Wright has received 1,300 e-mails about ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons and his candidacy for the Wolves’ GM job.

We heard the 15,000 e-mail number from another source, who maintains that 15,000 is correct and that Wolves officials have used that number in conversations with other NBA officials. (This message board thread used to say 12,000 … now it says 1,200).

15,000. 1,300. Regardless, we think both numbers are pretty impressive.

(Mr. Hutz, we’ve been in here for four hours. Do you have any evidence at all? … Well, Your Honor. We have plenty of hearsay and conjecture. Those are kinds of evidence).

Simmons’ following cannot be underestimated. We’re not sure what his ESPN.com readership is, but one easy metric comes via his Twitter page (which we believe he does not promote on ESPN.com). He put out his first “Tweet” on April 30, essentially a week-and-a-half ago. And he already has more than 13,000 followers there.

Bottom line: While his candidacy still seems as though it’s going nowhere with the Wolves’ brass as higher-ups slog through the search process, it’s certainly resonating with fans from a team that ranked 27th in attendace this season. And if 15,000 is correct, that would represent a higher number than the Wolves’ average attendance last year.

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