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Professional basketball returned to the Twin Cities in 1987 for the first time since the Minneapolis Lakers departed for Los Angeles in 1960, when the NBA granted one of its four new expansion teams to original owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner to begin play for the 1989-90 season. They received the name “Timberwolves” as the result of a “Name that team” contest. Minnesota is home to the largest population of Timberwolves in the lower 48 states.
They made their debut on November 3, 1989 losing to the Seattle SuperSonics on the road 10694. Five days later they would make their home debut at the Metrodome losing to the Chicago Bulls 9684. Just two nights later the Wolves would get their first win, beating the Philadelphia 76ers at home 125118 on November 10th. The Timberwolves, led by Tony Campbell with 23.2 ppg, went on to a 2260 record, finishing in 6th place in the Midwest Division. Playing in the cavernous Metrodome, the expansion Timberwolves drew over 1 million fans including the 3rd-largest crowd in NBA history at 49,551 on April 17, 1990 that saw the Timberwolves lose to the Denver Nuggets 99-88 in the final home game of the season.
The next season the team moved into the Target Center and won 29 games, however they fired their head coach Bill Musselman. They didn’t fare much better under Musselman’s successor, ex-Celtics coach Jimmy Rodgers finishing with an NBA-worst 15-67 record. Looking to turn the corner, the Wolves hired former Detroit Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey to the same position, but even with notable first round selections such as Christian Laettner and Isaiah Rider in the 1992 and 1993 NBA Draft respectively, was unable to duplicate his “Detroit Bad Boys” success in the Twin Cities as the Wolves on-court mediocrity continued. One of the few highlights from this era was when the Target Center served as host of the 1994 All-Star Game where Rider won the Slam Dunk Contest with his between-the-leg “East Bay Funk Dunk”.
As winning basketball continued to elude the Wolves, Ratner and Wolfenson nearly sold the team to New Orleans interests in 1994 before NBA owners rejected the proposed move. Eventually, Glen Taylor bought the team and named Kevin McHale general manager. The Minnesota faithful had to wait a long time before basketball came back to the State of many Lakes. Although the Timberwolves havent given the city of Minneapolis much to cheer about, Minnesota has one of the best fan bases in the league so Minnesota Timberwolves tickets surprisingly hold their value.