And just like that, basketball is BACK (well, sort of).
In a partnership with Fox Sports North, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday morning that they would resume its slated broadcast schedule starting Sunday, March 22 (tonight) at 7pm CT. Additionally, there will be a special message pregame from head coach Ryan Saunders detailing the importance of following current national guidelines (i.e. social distancing, washing your hands, etc.) and during the game itself, President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will be live-tweeting and answering questions from fans.
Overall, this is a pretty cool (albeit simple) step for the organization to re-engage the fan base during these extremely difficult times. As we unofficially enter week two of our national quarantine, many people (myself included) are desperate for new forms of entertainment as our lives and daily routines continue to be turned upside down. While this current iteration of the Wolves has had about as many “memorable” moments as Jarrett Culver has had made free throws, it’s still pretty cool that the team is attempting to find new ways to connect with their fans during the NBA hiatus.
Following tonight’s broadcast, FSN’s next Timberwolves broadcast will be on Tuesday (March 24) at 7pm CT, which will be a replay of the February 26 game versus the Miami Heat. Additional broadcast details will be announced soon on Timberwolves.com.
Again, considering that the Wolves 2.0 have played only a handful of (not-so-memorable) games together, my guess would be that we may quickly see some more historic Wolves games, rather than re-broadcasting November footage of Shabazz Napier/Gorgui Dieng pick-and-rolls. My hope is that we get to see Kevin Love’s 30 for 30, Ricky Rubio’s Timberwolves debut, or just a 24/7 repeating stream of the night Corey Brewer dropped 51 points on the Houston Rockets.
All re-airs will be broadcast on the date and time that FSN was originally slated to broadcast a Timberwolves game. Game broadcasts on FSN will be in high definition and will be streamed via the FOX Sports GO app. FOX Sports GO is currently available on mobile and tablet devices, including iOS and Android as well as foxsportsgo.com. FOX Sports GO is also available on connected devices including, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku Players and Roku TV, and Xbox One. Fans can download the app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Roku App Store, XBOX One App Store and Windows App Store.