New-look Wolves tip off new season

2:06 PM, Oct 28, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves are looking to provide the biggest bang for the buck experience in the Twin Cities.

A major makeover this past year is providing opportunity for its fans to reinvest in the struggling NBA franchise -- a struggle, that could turn around sooner than later.

"We had a wildly successful off-season on the business side," Timberwolves President Chris Wright said.  

Wright is amped about Wednesday's tip-off versus the visiting Sacramento Kings at Target Center. A huge off-season has rallied Timberwolves nation, exactly what Wright was hoping for.

"We're trying to be as creative as we possibly can and build back our brand and image."

The stands should look a lot different than last year. Massive off-season promotions were unprecedented, including half-priced season tickets. 

"We have over 2,300 new full season-ticket holders. So our lower bowl will look very full, creating that home court feel for our players," Wright said.

Expect promotions throughout the season as well, including ladies night and massive group nights.

Single game tickets start at just $10 - the price of a movie. The biggest bang for your buck could be a custom ticket package. Fans can select any ten games, as prices reflect the quality of opponent.

Rookie Wes Johnson was all smiles during practice. Johnson, the fourth overall draft pick in 2010, plays his first professional game Wednesday night with family in attendance.

"This is a different atmosphere, it's NBA level, it's my dream, it's surreal right now," Johnson said.

Forward Kevin Love starts his third season with the team.

"We're on our toes, we're bouncing around, we might have pre-game jitters, but we'll get out there with hopefully a good crowd and do well," Love said.

There's a different feel at Target Center this time around. The Timberwolves are a young and energetic team, with everything to gain.

Head Coach Kurt Rambis would like nothing more than erasing the memory of last year's dismal season of 15 wins, which tied a franchise low.

"I just want to see them play hard and to play with passion. I'm sure a lot of guys will be nervous in their first game."

Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Target Center.

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