Timberwolves Player Brings Basketball Club from France to Watch Game

Updated: 03/11/2014 7:40 PM
Created: 03/11/2014 3:07 PM
By: Jessica Miles

The Timberwolves game will be a little louder Tuesday night.

Twelve teenagers have traveled all the way from France, 4,300 miles, to watch their hero, Cameroonian player and new Wolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

But how they got here is pretty interesting.

They're part of a club basketball team in France and have been following Mbah a Moute's career. They thought it would be fun to see him play in person, but they never would have made it here had it not been for Mbah a Moute.

The group had a few fundraisers in France to help pay for their trip here. They were planning to go to Milwaukee where he played with the Bucks.

After they had already bought their tickets, Mbah a Moute was traded to Sacramento, so the kids changed their plane tickets.

Last November, he was traded again, this time to Minnesota. At that point they figured their trip wouldn't happen. They'd already changed their tickets twice.

That's when a friend told Mbah a Moute about the teens, and that they'd been trying to fly all over the country to watch him play.

He stepped up and paid for their flights to Minnesota.

"I thought it was amazing for me, I just can't imagine being a kid actually coming to do something like that, especially for someone they don't even know. To say we're going to go watch him play, it shows a lot about their support. I think it’s pretty special for me," said Mbah a Moute.

The Wolves take on Mbah a Moute's former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, at Target Center.


Luc Mbah a Moute brings basketball club to Minnesota.

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