Wolves Announce Two-Game Target Center Preseason Schedule
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team's two-game 2012 Target Center preseason schedule, highlighted by an exhibition contest against Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The Wolves will also play host to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Oct. 13. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
Minnesota's matchup with Maccabi Bazan Haifa will mark the first time in franchise history that the Wolves will play host to an international team. The Wolves lone previous contest against an international team came on Oct. 6, 2007 when they traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to play Efes Pilsen.
"We're extremely excited to host one of Europe's premier teams in Maccabi Bazan Haifa," said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. "As our great game's popularity continues to grow exponentially internationally, it's extremely important that we expose our fans to the best European basketball. The preseason offers us the unique opportunity to play teams from around the world and we look forward to Maccabi's stay in the Twin Cities."
Maccabi Bazan Haifa's matchup with the Wolves is part of its two-game preseason exhibition tour in the United States, with the team also playing Golden State on Oct. 11. Maccabi Bazan Haifa’s trip to the United States will mark the second time in three years the team will travel to the United States to play against NBA competition, having faced the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets (formerly New Jersey) at the Prudential Center on Oct. 3, 2010. Maccabi Bazan Haifa has a long and storied legacy as it was one of the original eight teams to form the Israeli Premier League for the 1954 season. Under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, the team has earned a playoff appearance in three out of the last five seasons and was the Super League runner-up during the 2008-09 season in the team’s first year back in the Super League after a 10-year absence.
"As one of Europe's top teams, Maccabi Bazan Haifa will provide great competition for our club as we get ready for the 2012-13 season," said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn. "As our roster features two of the NBA's premier international players in Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic, we continue to see European players make huge impacts on NBA teams. As the NBA continues to expand globally, I expect that trend to only grow in the coming years. It's great to have the opportunity to compete internationally."
“We are thrilled to play against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa owner Jeffrey Rosen. “Our goal is to build Maccabi Bazan Haifa into one of the strongest brands in international basketball and playing against NBA competition annually will only increase our team’s popularity.”
Tickets for the two games at Target Center will go on sale at a later date. In addition, the remainder of the Wolves 2012-13 preseason schedule will be announced in the coming months.
|TIMBERWOLVES 2012 TARGET CENTER PRESEASON SCHEDULE|
|Oct. 13||Chicago Bulls||Target Center||7 PM||830 WCCO-AM|
|Oct. 16||Maccabi Bazan Haifa||Target Center||7 PM||830 WCCO-AM|