Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Original Timberwolves owner Marv Wolfenson dies

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves news Updated: December 21, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Local businessman Marv Wolfenson, who along with partner Harvey Ratner brought the NBA back to Minnesota in 1987, died this morning in LaJolla, California, the team confirmed this morning.

He was 87.

Wolfenson and Ratner owned a series of Twin Cities health clubs and were the Timberwolves original owners when the NBA granted them and Minnesota an expansion franchise that began play in 1989.

The two men also were responsible for building Target Center.

They sold the team to Mankato businessman Glen Taylor in 1994.

Ratner died in 2006.

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