Minnesota Timberwolves

American professional basketball team

The Minnesota Timberwolves are an American basketball team in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. They began playing in the National Basketball Association in 1989. Their home arena is the Target Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves
2023–24 Minnesota Timberwolves season
HistoryMinnesota Timberwolves
ArenaTarget Center
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
Team colorsMidnight blue, aurora green, lake blue, moonlight grey, frost white[4][5][6]
Main sponsorAura[7]
CEOEthan Casson
PresidentGersson Rosas
General managerScott Layden
Head coachChris Finch
OwnershipGlen Taylor
Affiliation(s)Iowa Wolves
Conference titles0
Division titles1 (2004)
Retired numbers3 (2, 6, FLIP),
Association jersey
Team colours
Icon jersey
Team colours
Statement jersey
Team colours

The Minnesota Timberwolves played their first game on November 3, 1989 in a 106–94 loss against the Seattle SuperSonics.[8] After the Timberwolves drafted Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA draft, they were able to make the NBA playoffs for 8 seasons in a row. In 2004, the Timberwolves were able to win their first division title and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The team was defeated 4 games to 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers.[9]

On October 25, 2015, head coach Flip Saunders died after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.[10] Sam Mitchell is currently serving as an interim head coach.[11]

The Minnesota Timberwolves went 14 years without going to the playoffs, but in 2018 the Timberwolves made the playoffs with a 8 seed and are heading up against the Houston Rockets with the Rockets up in a 3-1 lead.


  1. "The Record Book". Timberwolves.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. "History: Team by Team" (PDF). 2018-19 Official NBA Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. October 30, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. "NBA.com/Stats–Minnesota Timberwolves seasons". Stats.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  4. "A New Era of Timberwolves Basketball". Timberwolves.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. Timberwolves PR (April 11, 2017). "TIMBERWOLVES NEW LOGO FOR 2017-18 SEASON UNVEILED". Timberwolves.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved April 20, 2017. The colors include midnight blue, aurora green, lake blue, moonlight grey, and frost white.
  6. "Minnesota Timberwolves Reproduction and Usage Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. Forbes (September 24, 2021). "Minnesota Timberwolves Add Digital Security Provider Aura As Jersey Patch Sponsor". Forbes.com (Press release). Forbes Media, LLC. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  8. "Wolves History 101: The Beginnings". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  9. "Rush Rallies Lakers to West Championship". NBA. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  10. "Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Phil "Flip" Saunders Passes Away". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  11. "Sam Mitchell to Serve as Timberwolves Interim Head Coach". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2015-10-25.

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