Tip-Off Timer: Minnesota Has Been Waiting for Another Title Since '54
Plenty of NBA cities have been waiting too long for a championship. Only one modern era expansion team has won a title (the Heat in 2006); most championships are won by old NBA stalwarts (Boston, L.A. Lakers), ABA crossovers (San Antonio) or ... well, actually, those teams win most of the titles.
Minnesota's drought actually extends beyond the 1989 birth of the Timberwolves, though. The Twin Cities got a taste of the ultimate success back in the early years of the Lakers, when the team won five of the first six NBA championships, the last of which earned in 1954. But with the retirement of George Mikan and the eventual move to Hollywood, Minnesota is still waiting for the next basketball title.
Once the Lakers moved in 1961, Minneapolis had to wait 28 years just for another local team. But it wasn't completely hunky dory for the Lakers either. After the last Minneapolis title in '54, it'd be another 18 years before the Lakers would win another ring. That's the longest title drought in the existence of the franchise; by comparison, the Celtics won 11 championships over the span (many of them over the Lakers, actually).
The post-Mikan Minneapolis Lakers couldn't do it, and neither could Kevin Garnett. The next attempt is up to Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Kurt Rambis. If this core doesn't get it done, we could be waiting a good deal longer.