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1989

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Formation

NBA basketball returned to the Twin Cities in 1989 for the first time since the Minneapolis Lakers departed for Los Angeles in 1960. The NBA had granted one of its four new expansion teams on April 22, 1987 (the others being the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and the Miami Heat) to original owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner to begin play for the 1989 - 1990 season. There were two American Basketball Association franchises, the Minnesota Muskies, in 1967–68, and the Minnesota Pipers, in 1968–69. The franchise conducted a "name the team" contest and eventually selected two finalists, "Timberwolves" and "Polars", in December 1986. The team then asked the 842 city councils in Minnesota to select the winner and "Timberwolves" prevailed by nearly 2 to 1. The team was officially named the "Minnesota Timberwolves" on January 23, 1987. Minnesota is home to the largest population of timberwolves in the lower 48 states.
1989

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

The Timberwolves used the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome stadium for its home games during its inaugural season 1989 - 1990 in the NBA while the team waited for construction of Target Center to be completed. The team set NBA records for the highest single-season attendance ever: 1,072,572 fans in 41 home games. The largest crowd for a single game occurred on April 17, 1990: 49,551 fans watched the T-Wolves lose to the Denver Nuggets in the last game of the season.
1990

Target Center Opens

The Timberwolves originally built and owned the Target Center arena in 1990 and the venue was managed by Ogden Entertainment. The City of Minneapolis purchased the arena in 1995.

In 2004, Target Center underwent a major renovation that saw the replacement of all 19,006 of its original seats plus the addition of nearly 1,500 new seats as well as the reconfiguration of the lower bowl to make the arena more fan-friendly. In addition the arena's original scoreboard was replaced with a new state-of-the-art 9-by-16 foot video screen and state-of-the-art LED signage, LED signage on the upper deck fascia, a new luxury lounge (Club Cambria) and improved access for fans with disabilities.
1994

Glen Taylor Ownership

Glen Taylor purchased majority ownership of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team in 1994. Taylor purchased the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team in 1999. Taylor was in talks to buy the Minnesota Twins but nothing has come of it. In 2005, he was also rumored to be a possible buyer for the Minnesota Vikings, but was outbid by Zygi Wilf. He is currently the chairman of the Board of Governors for the NBA. Before Donald Sterling, Glen Taylor was the only NBA owner to be suspended for more than a couple of games. In 2000, he was banned for nearly a year for signing Joe Smith to a secret contract in violation of the league's salary cap rules (Washington Express, P15 April 30, 2014).
2015

Waiting for the News

Waiting for the next big Minnesota Timberwolves news.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Minneapolis

Nickname:
Timberwolves - The franchise conducted a "name the team" contest and eventually selected two finalists, "Timberwolves" and "Polars", in December 1986. The team then asked the 842 city councils in Minnesota to select the winner and "Timberwolves" prevailed by nearly 2 to 1. The team was officially named the "Minnesota Timberwolves" on January 23, 1987.

Arena:
Target Center
1990 - present
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1989 - 1990

Owner:
Glen Taylor
1994 - present
Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner
1989 - 1994

Established: 1989

League History:
National Basketball Association
1989 - present

Team History:
Minnesota Timberwolves
1989 - present

NBA Championships: 0

Retired Numbers:
2 Malik Sealy

Mascots: 1989 - present

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