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Update 12:23p — We have been informed Nelly was in the Twin Cities to put the finishing touches on an endorsement deal with General Mills, and in doing so they sent him to the game. Apparently the deal is a Honey Nut Cheerios emphasis, but we wouldn’t mind seeing a Nelly Puffs cereal!
The Minnesota Timberwolves game last night had a special “celebrity” guest, as if it was a Lakers game! But not really. As the Wolves had a rare win over the Philadelphia 76ers, they drew
early 2000’s rapper Nelly courtside at Target Center. Now you may be wondering “Why the h-e-double hockey sticks is Nelly in Minneapolis?” and we are right there with you. So let’s theorize —
a) His new single “Hey Porsche” is out now on iTunes, and he wants to promote it.
b) He is friends with someone on the 76ers / Wolves. Nelly has played in many a celebrity basketball game before – dude can ball – and the rap game in general is synonymous with basketball.
c) As a Midwestern rapper, he is doing a colab with local hip hop label Rhymesayers, specifically P.O.S.
d) He was shooting a commercial.
Sadly, we have been led to believe the answer is d, but we have no idea what the commercial is for or where it was filmed. We will continue to investigate though. We do know while in town – since Tuesday – Nelly has been staying at the Graves 601 Hotel.
Whatever the reason for his presence, looks like Nelly isn’t interested in any extracurriculars while in town. See the Wolves organization knew Nelly was coming and set up a meet and greet with fans after the game. (Side bar, this is so stupid! We’re shaking our heads at Minnesota exploiting a celebrity’s time / appearance and not in the fun way we do it.) Nevertheless, Nelly backed out on it for some unknown reason and never met with the fans. Classic.
What do you guys think of Nelly being in Minneapolis? Why do you think he was here? And what are your thoughts on him bailing on the Wolves Meet and Greet? Let us know in the comments below!
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