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Minnesota Timberwolves Swingman Lazar Hayward Claims to See Spirits

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 9:  Lazar Hayward #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 99-94.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Lazar Hayward back in 2010, but ended up shipping him to Oklahoma City last season. He was then a part of the James Harden trade before being waived by the Houston Rockets two days later.

By and by, Hayward found his way back to Minnesota.

Now it's not everyday that I'd be sitting here rapping about Lazar Hayward; there's not really much in his basketball timeline that sticks out. Obviously, that must mean there's something extremely unique or strange happening with him.

Of course, that's the case with Hayward. Aside from the fact that he's re-joined the Minnesota Timberwolves to fill the role left by Josh Howard's torn ACL, Hayward also tells the Minnesota Star Tribune that he sees spirits.

I've always just had a lot of questions spiritually because I always kind of seen stuff when I was a kid and I used to tell friends and they'd look at me and say, 'Lazar, you might need some help. So they used to make fun of me. I just had a lot of questions because I've always just wondered.

I've actually been able to see a spirit. I can't talk to them yet, but I have seen them.

Hayward credits his new outlook and his ability to see these spirits on a new path of meditation, spiritual healing and living in an enlightened state.

You know what might just be the weirdest part about it all? Not only does it seem that strange to me, but I totally believe that he's seeing something that we're all not seeing. I've watched too many people in movies get fooled because they can't see something too.

Angeles in the Outfield (both the 1951 and 1994 versions), Angels in the Infield, Angels in the End Zone, The 6th Man, all those movies weren't just based on nothing.

Whether or not there's actually a Christopher Lloyd or a Marlon Wayans-type character that's going to lift him up to dunk from the three-point line or to block a shot, but who's to say he doesn't see what he says he sees?

All I know is the Timberwolves need to be on the lookout for a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt-looking kid to flap his wings if he sees something weird going on. Plus, you don't want to be the Danny Glover character dragging your feet and not believing that the spirits are out there helping Hayward.

Then again, maybe he just saw Andrei Kirilenko's tattoo of wings across his back, thought he looked a bit like a corpse and assumed he was seeing dead people.

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