The Minnesota Timberwolves franchise started in 1987 with the first full season in the NBA in 1987-88. A year after this the Timberwolves started playing at their hometown court, the Target Center. After a very disappointing start and multiple coach lineups the Wolves did not have a well renowned basketball team until 1995 with the signing of Kevin Garnett in draft that year. Flip Saunders was hired as their coach and a new leaf in the Timberwolves franchise was turned. Kevin Garnett quickly became the "Big Ticket" in Minnepolis and interest in NBA professional basketball was sparked.
The following year in 1996 the Minnesota Timberwolves added another promising player in the draft, trading Ray Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Stephon Marbury, the 4th overall pick. With the addition of Marbury, an overall positive effect took over the entire Timberwolves team, as Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta became the first Wolves to be selected to the NBA All-Star team. That same year, the Timberwolves for the first time ever made it to the NBA playoffs. It was short lived, however, after they quickly lost to the Houston Rockets.This same year the franchise changed their logo, to the wolf head logo the Minnesota Timberwolves now can be identified by.
In 1997 the Wolves once again made it to the playoffs and this time made it a little further than before, but were still unable to make it home with a NBA Championship title. 1998 was a monumental year for the Timberolves, unfortunately not for the right reasons. They received much attention and criticism for the 6 year $126 million dollar contract they awarded to star player Kevin Garnett. With the NBA strike that same year the Wolves were under criticism for overspending in the league, but the Wolves front officer knew that their MVP Kevin Garnett sold Timberwolves tickets like no other player they have ever had.
2000 was a turbulent year for the Minnesota Timberwolves as well as one of their players, Malik Sealy, was killed in a car accident. They also were involved in a contract/free agent problem with player Joe Smith and were fined by the NBA accordingly. Their team manager was also suspended. For the 5th season in a row the Wolves also made it to the playoffs, but once again did not return with a title.
After a disappointing playoff loss to the L.A. Lakers in 2004, the Wolves' hired Dwane Casey as their new head coach in 2005. After a series of line up changes in the following years the greatest loss to the Timberwolves came in the 2007 off season with Kevin Garnett, the face of the Timberwolves for over a decade, signed to the Boston Celtics. He was traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, two first-round NBA draft picks, and cash considerations. This is the largest combination of players and picks ever traded for a single player in NBA history. In 2007 the Minnesota Timberwolves also hired new coach Randy Whitman.
The 2007/08 NBA season started off with down spirits due to the loss of Kevin Garnett and a disappointing losing streak a drop in Timberwolves Fan support did not help matters. The 2008-2009 NBA Season did not improve the prospects for the Minnesota Timberwolves in any large manner either. In 2009 big changes were made to the Minneosta Timberwolves front office and roster. The Timberwolves got a new GM, David Khan and a new head coach, Kurt Rambis. The Khan Rambis duo made it clear that Minnesota Timberwolves fans should expect big changes. A shake up to the Minnesota Timberwolves Roster as well as a new style of play of the Minneosta Timberwolves Franchise, helped the Twolves start a slow but steady turnaround.
Today, like almost all other teams in the NBA the Minnesota Timberwolves still experience thier ups and downs, but Timberwolves Fan Support is hotter than ever and several sports critics say that the Minnesota Timberwolves are the Twin Cities Team to Watch. Buy your Minnesota Timberwolves Tickets tdoay and be a part of journey to rebuild a strong basketball franchise in Minnesota. Go Wolves!