Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Rarely has the pejorative term "rebuilding year" described a season more perfectly than the 2009-10 Timberwolves campaign. The Wolves are in the process of rebuilding their style of play with new head coach Kurt Rambis, their front office with David Kahn as the new president of basketball operations, and their top prospects—especially with high-risk/high-reward Spanish youngster Ricky Rubio, who refused to join the Wolves in order to keep playing in his homeland. They're also working to reestablish their fan base by offering seats and season tickets at deep discounts. The trade-off to rebooting an entire NBA franchise, however, is a diminished product on the court. And make no mistake, this team is just bad enough (second worst, only ahead of the New Jersey Nets) to make fans' memories of the 2003-04 team that made it to the Western Conference finals seem much more distant than they actually are. That being said, when the T-Wolves take on great teams like the Lakers, they're pretty decent entertainment at a price unheard of in most major sports markets. Plus the game isn't being televised locally, so going down to Target Center is your only chance to see it.
Fri., April 9, 7 p.m., 2010

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