MINNEAPOLIS Cody Metz looks like any other 16-year-old Timberwolves fan. Sitting courtside while the team warmed up Tuesday for its game against the Hawks at the Target Center, Metz had the requisite jersey and awestruck smile. He was this close to Ricky Rubio, to Derrick Williams. He could have been hit by an errant basketball, for that matter.
Of course he was a little overwhelmed, a little nervous, a lot excited. But Cody Metz isn't just any other Timberwolves fan. He isn't going to retreat up into a lower bowl seat and watch the game and head home, like any other Tuesday night.
Cody Metz is at the game through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He's suffered from health problems for his entire life, and in 2007 he had surgery to remove a tumor at the base of his spine, near his brain. He suffers from pilocytic astrocytoma, which affects about 2 in 100,000 people. Five years later, he still deals with severe headaches and nausea.
Metz, who lives in Lakeville and attends ...