The answer to the question posed in the headline all depends on whether you believe the numbers of email respondents being circulated by the “Bill Simmons for Minnesota GM” fan group on Facebook, or the number that the team is admitting its received publicly.
(The next T-Wolves GM could be another Celtics fan.)
Either way, we know that Simmons — aka, ESPN’s “The Sports Guy” — has had more than 1,200 emails sent expressing support of his candidacy. And that’s a truly significant number for a team that averaged 27th in attendance last year, rarely drawing more than 15,000 fans per game.
Think about that for a second: If the reports about Simmons getting 15,000 emailers supporting him are correct, there would be more email supporters than fans at your average Minnesota game in 2008-09. Not hiring someone based on that fan backing would seem almost ludicrous from a financial planning and marketing standpoint.