A Look Back At The Minnesota Muskies

Dick Jonckowski vividly remembers the Minnesota Muskies basketball team. The Muskies, part of the American Basketball Association’s inaugural season in 1967-68, put together a 50-28 record in their lone year playing at Met Center in Bloomington.

The Timberwolves are paying homage to the Muskies in six games this season, turning back the clocks at Target Center and wearing the Muskies’ uniforms. Minnesota wore the uniforms against Indiana on Feb. 1 and against Dallas on Friday, and they’ll wear them again tonight against the Knicks. The Wolves will also wear them against the Clippers on March 5, the Lakers on March 9 and the Celtics on March 30.

Jonckowski said Minnesota was granted a team because since the ABA’s front office was located in the Twin Cities and former Minneapolis Lakers great George Mikan was the commissioner, Minnesota was granted a franchise.

“They wanted to have a team in Minnesota,” Jonckowski said. “They thought since the office was in the Twin Cities, he thought we better have a team.”

The Muskies moved to Florida the following year but left their impact on Minnesota basketball lore. Join the Timberwolves in celebrating Minnesota’s hardwood history this season.

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