Daughter pulls off feel-good surprise for Alex Rodriguez at NBA playoff

Ex-Yankees great Alex Rodriguez reacts after his 19-year-old daughter Natasha surprised him at Timberwolves' playoff game against the Mavericks on May 27, 2024, in Dallas.
Esteban Quiñones
Tuesday May 28, 2024

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In the world of sports, few moments can rival the emotional intensity of the NBA playoffs. However, for former Yankees superstar turned business magnate Alex Rodriguez, a recent game featured a moment that transcended the high stakes of postseason basketball. At a critical juncture in the Western Conference Finals, A-Rod received an unexpected morale boost—not from a game-winning shot or a strategic maneuver, but from a heartfelt surprise.

Alex Rodriguez’s family gathers in Dallas

During a tense playoff game where the Minnesota Timberwolves faced off against the Dallas Mavericks, Alex Rodriguez was stationed courtside, closely following the action. Unbeknownst to him, a special plan had been set into motion by his daughters, Natasha and Ella. Alex Rodriguez, who was in the process of acquiring the Timberwolves along with business partner Marc Lore, was visibly invested in the game, riding the emotional highs and lows typical of playoff basketball.

As the Timberwolves struggled on the court, falling into a daunting 0-3 series deficit after a 116-107 loss, the atmosphere could have turned somber for Alex Rodriguez. However, his 19-year-old daughter Natasha, with the help of her sister Ella, prepared a surprise that would lighten the mood. In a well-timed distraction, Ella pointed towards the jumbotron, directing her father’s attention away as Natasha made her stealthy approach. The result was a jaw-dropping moment for Alex Rodriguez as he turned to find his elder daughter right beside him.

T-Wolves saga to hit Alex Rodriguez hard

Alex Rodriguez is likely to face”financial jail” over legal issues involving his ownership of the NBA team.

The messy feud over the Minnesota Timberwolves’ ownership is plunging Yankees icon Alex Rodriguez into a financial quagmire. A-Rod and his business partner Marc Lore find themselves embroiled in an acrimonious battle with majority owner Glen Taylor after a seamless handover of the NBA franchise hit a roadblock.

New Minnesota Timberwolves owners Marc Lore, right, and baseball great Alex Rodriguez, center, hold jerseys presented to them by team owner Glen Taylor during a new conference to introduce the new ownership partners of the NBA Timberwolves basketball team and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA
AP Photo/Jim Mone

According to reports from Sportico, the heated ownership clash is headed for court arbitration in the coming months, with mediation efforts having fizzled out. However, the eventual legal verdict threatens to saddle Rodriguez and Lore with an eye-watering financial burden that far exceeds their initial projections for bankrolling the team.

On his podcast “The Lowe Post,” ESPN’s Zach Lowe sounded the alarm bells, cautioning that irrespective of who emerges triumphant in this bitter tug-of-war, the victors will essentially find themselves in “financial purgatory.” Lowe emphasized that the Timberwolves’ current on-court success leaves the incoming owners with little choice but to retain the core roster intact, a move that would trigger exorbitant luxury tax ramifications.

With the legal wrangling showing no signs of abating and the financial implications looming large, Rodriguez’s business venture into NBA ownership has taken an unexpectedly tumultuous turn, potentially leaving the former Yankees slugger grappling with a massive financial albatross around his neck.

Alex Rodriguez has helped transform the Wolves into a potential championship-winning team. Even if this season ends in the next game against the Dallas Mavericks, A-Rod can go back home a proud owner, who put his everything into the team.

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