Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/18/12
MINNEAPOLIS -- This story is a cynic's worst nightmare. It's a story of hard work and basketball, about someone who was never the biggest or fastest or most athletic. It's a story of the NBA D-League, of little-known teams in Iowa and Idaho, of a kid who always wanted to support his single mom. Here's a spoiler: He makes it. After graduating from Creighton in 2007, Timberwolves center Anthony Tolliver went undrafted, bouncing from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the D-League to Europe and then back again. After being cut by Portland in late 2009, Tolliver got his break when he signed with Golden State in January 2010 and went on to play in 29 games for the injury-plagued team. That was enough to earn him a two-year, 4.5 million deal with the Timberwolves before last season, and it seems that for this first time in his professional career, Anthony Tolliver has found his place. Some players might have seen that contract as a sign they'd arrived, an invitation to sit back and enjoy what ...
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