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 to original owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner to begin play for the 1989-90 seasons. (There were two American Basketball Associations 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 as the "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.
WolvesProShop.com is the official online store for the Minnesota Timberwolves. WolvesProShop.com is operated by TC Arena Group; which manages merchandising for the Minnesota Timberwolves through the Wolves Pro Shop located on the skyway level at Target Center, in-arena kiosks during Timberwolves games and online sales through WolvesProShop.com.