The Minnesota Timberwolves are an NBA franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves play home games at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Timberwolves played their first game on November 3, 1989, losing to the Seattle Supersonics in Seatlle 106-94. Although the Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team and fight for NBA standing against more established franchises, the Twolves continue to grow and develop as a basketball program.
The Minnesota Timberwolves struggled through early ineptitude like many other NBA expansion teams. It wasn't until 1995, when the team drafted young basketball superstar Kevin Garnett, that the Minnesota Timberwolves became competitive. Kevin Garnett went right from high school to the NBA. Within years, Kevin Garnett flourished into an NBA superstar and he became known in Minnesota as the Big Ticket because of his size, ability and incredible fan base. Interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA in Minneapolis grew exponentially.
In 1996, the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted a sidekick for Kevin Garnett in Stephon Marbury. In the 1996-97 season, the Timberwolves would make the playoffs and perform well, going up 2-1 on the Seattle Supersonics before losing in Game 5 of the NBA playoff series.
The next chapter in the Minnesota Timberwolves saga involved acquiring volatile guards Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell. The two were signed in the off-season before 2003-04. The talented backcourt of Cassell and Sprewell helped Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves reach the NBA playoffs again and advance past the first round for the first time. The Wolves beat the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. The loss was heart breaking for Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Timberwovles Roster as well as the Timberwolves fans who had hoped that KG could win their team a NBA Championship. During the playoffs, the Target Center Minneapolis was the place to be and Timberwolves tickets were a hot Twin Cities commodity.
After this tremendous high for the Minnesota Timberwolves, they would not make the playoffs the following year and ever since. Sentiments that Kevin Garnett was not the answer for the Timberwolves organization began to circulate. In the 2007 off-season, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally cut ties with Kevin Garnett, trading him to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes, all of the Boston Celtics. The trade was the biggest single player trade in league history, but more importantly it changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves had completely.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Roster and Coaching Staff have had several changes since the "great trade" most of which have not proven to be the silver bullet. However, Minnesota Timberwolves critics have said that the Twolves have a shot at breaking into the top of the NBA Standings and basketball fans in Minnesota should not lose hope.
Win or lose, the Target Center is always a busy place on Minnesota Timberwolves game nights, buy your Timberwolves Tickets today and be a part of a growing fan base!