Flashback Friday: Timberwolves kick off inaugural season 30 years ago

Updated: November 08, 2019 02:35 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 03:13 PM

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Thirty years ago this week, the Minnesota Timberwolves took to the court for the first time in the team's inaugural season. 


Prior to the Wolves' inaugural season, the state had gone 29 years without a professional basketball team after the Minneapolis Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960. 

During the Wolves' debut game on Nov. 3, 1989, the team was defeated 106 to 94 by the Seattle SuperSonics, according to the Minnesota Historical Society

The team was welcomed in their home state by a crowd of 35,427 people at the Metrodome when they played the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 8, 1989, according to the National Basketball Association. 

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The Bulls, who were led by Michael Jordan, defeated the Wolves by a score of 96 to 84. 

A highlight from the Wolves' first home game, according to the NBA, occurred when Jordan bent down to tie his shoes and instead untied the shoes of Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, a rookie for the Wolves. 

The first win for the green franchise came two days later when the Wolves beat the Philadelphia 76ers. 

According to the Minnesota Historical Society, the team finished the season with a record of 22-60. 

The 89-90 season was the only one the team spent at the Metrodome. In 1990, the team moved to the Target Center, their current home. 

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