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Minnesota Timberwolves

 

He shoots! He scores! The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their organization is a member of National Basketball Association (NBA). The home arena to the Timberwolves is the Target Center. Minnesota Timberwolves were founded in 1989 and are owned by Glen Taylor. 

 

Professional basketball in the Twin Cities returned in 1987, when the NBA granted one of its two new expansion teams to original owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner to begin play for the 1989-90 season. They made their debut on November 3, 1989 known as the Timberwolves. They lost to the Seattle SuperSonics on the road 106 - 94. Five days later they made their home debut at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome losing to the Chicago Bulls 96 - 84. Just two nights later, the Minnesota Timberwolves won their first game against the Philadelphia 76ers at home 125-118 on November 10, 1989. The Wolves, led by Tony Campbell with 23.2 ppg, went on to a 22-60 record, finishing the Midwest Division in 6th place. Playing in the Metrodome, the expansion TWolves drew over 1 million fans including the third largest crowd in NBA history at 49,551 on April 17, 1990 that saw the Timberwolves basketball team lose to the Denver Nuggets 99 - 88 in the final home game of the season.

 

The next Timberwolves season saw a move to the Target Center and the Timberwolves won 29 games, but they fired their head coach Bill Musselman. They did not do much better under ex-Celtics coach Jimmy Rodgers finishing with an NBA-worst of 15 - 67 record. Over the next several years/seasons, the franchise encountered mediocrity and even a near relocation in 1994 before NBA owners rejected the team's move to New Orleans. Glen Taylor bought the team and named Kevin McHale general manager.

 

In 1995, the T-Wolves selected Kevin Garnett in the draft, and Flip Saunders became coach. Christian Laettner was traded with Sean Rooks to the Atlanta Hawks for Andrew Lang and Spud Webb. Golden State Warriors' forward Tom Gugliotta took the place of Donyell Marshall who was traded the previous season. Garnett went on to average 10.4 ppg in his rookie season as the Timberwolves finished in 5th place in the Midwest Division, with a 26-56 record.

 

In 1996, the Timberwolves basketball team added another star player into the draft, swapping Ray Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Stephon Marbury, the 4th overall pick. Marbury had a positive effect on the entire team, as Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta became the first members of the Timberwolves roster to be selected to the All-Star team. Gugliotta and Garnett led the T-Wolves in scoring as the team made the playoffs for the first time with a record of 40-42. However, after soon entering the playoffs, the TWolves made a quick exit as they were swept by the Houston Rockets in three straight games. The T-Wolves decided to change their image by changing their team logo and colors, adding black to the original team colors of forest green, blue and silver and replacing the original logo with a logo featuring a snarling wolf looming over a field of trees. It was also during that season that Minnesota began to play on the parquet floor also used by the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic in every home game at the Target Center.

 

Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury established themselves as two of the brightest rising stars in NBA in 1997. Garnett averaged 18.5 ppg and 9.6 rebounds per game, while Marbury averaged 17.7 ppg and dished out 8.6 assists per game. That season the Wolves basketball team went on to post their first winning season at 45-37 making the playoffs for the second straight season. On the road after Seattle SuperSonics in the playoffs, the Timberwolves earned their first postseason win in Game 2 winning in Seattle 98 - 93. As the series shifted to Minnesota the T-Wolves and the opportunity to pull of the upset as they won Game 3 by a score of 98 - 90. The Wolves dropped Game 4 at home as the SuperSonics went on to win the series in five games.

 

In 1998, the Minnesota Timberwolves were used as the poster child of irresponsible spending as the NBA endured a 4-month lockout that wiped out the season. With an already cap-heavy payroll the TWolves were forced to let Tom Gugliotta walk away and trade Stephon Marbury fearing both would seek deals similar to Garnett's. In the 3-team midseason deal that sent Marbury to the New Jersey Nets the T-Wolves got Terrell Brandon in return. The T-wolves made the playoffs for the third straight season by finishing in 4th place with a 25-25 record. The T-Wolves were beaten by the San Antonio Spurs in four games of the playoffs.

 

In 1999, the Timberwolves drafted Wally Szczerbiak. He had a solid season finishing 3rd on the team in scoring with 11.6 ppg. Led by Kevin Garnett, who averaged 22.9 ppg and 11.8 rebounds per game, the Minnesota Timberwolves enjoyed their first 50-win season finishing 3rd place with a solid record of 50-32. The T-Wolves fell in the first round of the playoffs losing to Portland TrailBlazers in four games.

 

In the summer of 2000, guard Malik Sealy was killed in a car accident. A free agent deal also signed by Joe Smith was voided by the NBA, who ruled that the T-Wolves violated proper procedure in the signing of the contract. The T-Wolves were stripped of five draft picks, fined them $3.5 million and suspended general manager Kevin McHale for one year. The T-Wolves made the playoffs for the fifth straight season with a 47-35 record, despite the trouble. In the first round, again, the T-Wolves fell against the San Antonio Spurs in four games in the spring of 2001.

 

2002-03 seemed to look up for the Timberwolves. Kevin Garnett had a great season, finishing second in MVP voting while averaging a solid 23.0 ppg and 13.4 rebounds per game as the T-Wolves finish in 3rd place with a 51-31 record. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Timberwolves and won the series in six games, as the TWolves were eliminated in the first round for the seventh straight year.

 

During the 2003-04 NBA season, the T-Wolves became the team to beat in the Western Conference, traded away forward Joe Smith and injured guard Terrell Brandon in a multi-player deal for Ervin Johnson, Sam Cassell and embattled guard Latrell Sprewell. The T-Wolves finished the season as the top seed in the Western Conference with a record of 58-24 and they beat the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings in the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs before losing to the Lakers, the previous Minnesota franchise, in the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Garnett finally earned his first MVP award with 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

 

In 2004-05 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves kept the same team from the previous season. The team was plagued with contract disputes and the complaining of key players, Latrell Sprewell, Sam Cassell, and Troy Hudson. Flip Saunders was replaced mid-season by general manager Kevin McHale, who took over the team for the rest of the season. The Timberwolves finished 44-38 and missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. On June 17, 2005, the T-Wolves hired Dwane Casey as the new head coach. He was the T-Wolves' seventh head coach in their 16-year history. On January 26, 2006 the T-Wolves traded forward Wally Szczerbiak, centers Dwayne Jones and Michael Olowokandi, and a future first-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics. In return, they received forward/guard Ricky Davis, center Mark Blount, forward Justin Reed, guard Marcus Banks and two second-round draft picks. The T-Wolves finished 33-49 missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

 

In the 2006 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected future Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy with the 6th overall pick, Craig Smith with the 36th pick, Booby Jones with the 37th pick and center Loukas Mavrokefalidis with the 57th pick. On January 23, general manager Kevin McHale fired head coach Dwane Casey and replaced him with Randy Wittman. Kevin McHale explained in a news conference that it was inconsistency by Casey that led to the firing. Casey had compiled an overall record of 53-69. They finished with a record of 32-50 in the 2006-07 season, allowing the Timberwolves to keep their 2007 first-round pick.

 

Over the years the Minnesota Timberwolves have had fun seasons to watch and they have become such a hot ticket. So if you are planning on going to a Timberwolves game with family or friends, plan ahead a get your Timberwolves tickets today and enjoy the next Minnesota Timberwolves game!! Don't miss out on your Minnesota Timberwolves tickets today!

 


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