The Timberwolves inaugural season of 1989-90 began with two road games, both losses in Seattle and then Portland. Those losses of course did not dampen the local enthusiasm for their new NBA team. They made their home debut on November 8th, 1989 before an announced crowd of over 35,000 in the Metrodome.
The opponent? The Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were a couple of seasons from their first title, but the team was coming together around the unprecedented talent of Michael Jordan. Jordan was the biggest draw in the league, but the fans would have come out for any opponent for the first NBA game in Minneapolis since the Lakers left for the West Coast in 1960.
For the Wolves, their big scoring star in their early years was Tony Campbell, who would score 31 in the hope opener. It wasn’t enough, however, as Jordan put on a show with 45 points and the Bulls would emerge with the 96-84 win. The Wolves would get their first ever franchise victory a couple of days later, but on this night, it was just a celebration of the return of NBA basketball.
Sorry for the poor video quality...it was the 80s.