The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
They are almost always associated with their superstar franchise player, versatile eight time NBA all-star and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett. Every successful and failed effort on building a championship title contender has been centred around this veteran superstar.
After a very successful season in 2003-04 in which the Wolves advanced far into the playoffs (due in part to the all-star standout trio of Latrell Sprewell, Sam Cassell, and Kevin Garnett) and almost earned a championship berth as major one of the league's top title contenders, the franchise suffered two sour seasons in which they failed to make the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade.
The team has since been struggling to reclaim its status as one of the league's top teams. Team vice president and GM Kevin McHale has been critised lately for his management of the team.
However, recent efforts and roster changes over the last season have proved hopeful for the franchise. Many analysts, commentators, and experts are pointing out the similarities between this current season Wolves roster and that of 2003-04, in which the Wolves won a division title and made it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history. Comparisons have been drawn between a new emerging trio of Ricky Davis, Mike James, and Kevin Garnett to that of the 2003-04 title-contending all-star trio.
The Timberwolves franchise also are looking forward to a future all-star due of current standout rookies Craig Smith and Randy Foye, drafted over the summer of 2006, to carry the load of the franchise after KG retires someday.