Starting February 1st against the Indiana Pacers, the Minnesota Timberwolves will wear the Minnesota Muskies throwback jerseys that date back to the 1967-68 ABA team as the first of six NBA Hardwood Classics nights. The Timberwolves are showcasing the jerseys for the first time ever making the promotion all the more significant. Fans at this past Minnesota State Fair voted on this season’s throwback jerseys, and the vote was between the Minnesota Muskies and Minnesota Pipers (another ABA team during the 1960s). The muskellunge or “muskie,” a popular sporting fish throughout the state, appeals to Minnesotans the most as a mascot and is a very fitting throwback for the team from the land of 10,000 lakes. The Timberpups decided that their former throwback jerseys didn’t cut it (and they didn’t) and are finally going to be wearing throwback jerseys that feature an entirely different mascot, instead of merely the older look Timberwolves jerseys.
In addition to the game against Indiana, the Pups will also be wearing the jerseys on February 10th against Dallas, February 11th vs. New York, March 5th vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, March 9th vs. the Los Angeles Lakers and finally on March 30th vs. Boston.
This season presents a good opportunity to adopt a new set of throwback jerseys as the Timberwolves have been desperately attempting to move on from their recent past. The jerseys are mainly white with “MUSKIES” across the chest lacking flash, but the retro look combined with the use of a different mascot is likely to entice fans and will give new meaning to NBA Hardwood Classics night in Minnesota.